Browsers and Mail Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 91.0.856.0, a new Performance mode is now available.

Performance mode has been renamed to Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge.

What is efficiency mode?
Helps minimize power usage to extend battery life by reducing resource usage (CPU, memory). Benefits might vary depending on your device applications and individuals browser habits.

How it works
  • Puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, if sleeping tabs is on
  • May cause videos to be less smooth, animations to slow down when you're not interacting with the browser
You can select to use the following for efficiency mode when turned on:
  • Always active - Active when your device is charging to minimize resource usage.
  • Active when unplugged - Active when your device is unplugged to extend your battery life.
  • Active when unplugged, low battery - Active when your device is unplugged and saving battery to extend your battery life.
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Efficiency mode in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge will automatically enable Efficiency Mode when Battery Saver is turned on in Windows 10.


Efficiency mode is currently only available as part of controlled feature roll-outs in Microsoft Edge Canary version 91.0.856.0 and higher, so not everyone will have this feature yet.

If you do not have Efficiency Mode available yet in your Microsoft Edge Canary version 91.0.856.0 and higher, you can create a shortcut using the target below to have it available when using this shortcut.

"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=msPerformanceModeToggle


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode from Performance button on Toolbar
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge Settings





OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode from Performance button on Toolbar


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Performance button on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)

3 Turn On or Off (default) Efficiency mode for what you want on the right side under Optimize Performance.

4 If you turned on Efficiency mode, select Always active, Active when unplugged, or Active when unplugged, low battery for what you want in the drop menu.

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OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge Settings


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on System and performance on the left side. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


4 Turn On or Off (default) Efficiency mode for what you want on the right side under Optimize Performance.

5 If you turned on Efficiency mode, select Always active, Active when unplugged, or Active when unplugged, low battery for what you want in the drop menu.

6 You can now close the Settings tab if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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