Disable Chromium Microsoft Edge From Running in The Background
The new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium is the new browser from Microsoft. And similar to Google Chrome, depending on the extensions you have installed, they may continue to run in the background after closing it. That is the default setting after installing Edge. The browser may continue to run in the background to display notifications from Facebook or Google Hangouts, for example.
If you’re running it on a laptop or other portable device like the Microsoft Surface it may deplete your battery power faster than you need. In fact, it can take up system resources like RAM which can make your device run slower. If you’re not a fan of things running in the background after you’ve closed out of the browser, you can disable the feature.
In case you are wondering, constantly running in the background lets the Edge browser deliver notifications, launch faster, and even update itself as and when the updates are available. However, as you can assume, while it is running in the background it consumes your system resources, albeit in a tiny amount.
If don’t you like this behavior or if you just want the browser to close completely when you close the main window, you have to change a couple of hidden settings or…much better…use a handy registry file you can download below.