Microsoft Edge Issues
18 Common Microsoft Edge Issues and How to Fix Them

Microsoft Edge has proven to be a big improvement over Internet Explorer. Despite the fact that it has become one of the best web browsers for Windows 10, there’re still a copious number of issues that people are bumping into. Ranging from flaws to flat-out bugs – problems with Microsoft Edge has made people scratch their heads. Sensing this need, we’ve come up with a tutorial to provide you a guidance on how to fix common Microsoft Edge issues. So, let’s get into it, shall we?

Fix Common Microsoft Edge Issues

  1. Edge Runs Slowly and Has Trouble Loading

Microsoft Edge Issues - Edge Runs Slowly and Has Trouble Loading

Is your Edge browser running at a snail’s pace? Well, you can easily fix it. There’re various workarounds to troubleshoot this problem. Let’s have a look:

Fix 1: All you need to do is click on the three horizontal dots for more options and choose a new InPrivate browsing window.

Fix 2: Alternatively, you can clear the Edge data by clicking on the three horizontal dots and choosing the Settings option. Under the Clear Browser Data section, click on the Choose what to clear option and delete your browsing history as well as cache files. Finally, restart your Microsoft Edge browser and see if it’s working properly.

Fix 3: The above fix doesn’t work for you? Well, opt for another fix. You need to look for errors in the System File Checker. Press the Windows + X hotkey to bring up a list of options. Choose the Command Prompt (Admin) option from the provided list. A new box will prompt. Type ‘SFC/scannow’ (without quotes) and press the Enter key. This will scan your system file errors that may cause an issue in Edge.

  1. Edge’s Internet Cuts Out Frequently or Can’t Connect

Microsoft Edge Issues - Edge’s Internet Cuts Out Frequently or Can’t Connect

This is one of the most common Microsoft Edge issues that can annoy the heck out of you. Here’s a quick fix for this problem:

Fix: In case you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 with unsupported VPN software, you’ll not be able to access the Edge browser. Instead, you may need to update your software or replace your VPN.

  1. Can’t Change Edge as the Windows Default Browser

Microsoft Edge Issues - Can’t Change Edge as the Windows Default Browser

Have you tried the above fixes but Edge is still not living up to your expectations? If so, it’s time to set Microsoft Edge as default browser. However, the problem for many people is that the typical method of changing the default web browser (Settings > System > Default Apps) doesn’t work because of a bug. So, how can you set Edge as the default browser on your PC? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to fix the third issue on our list of most common Microsoft Edge issues:

Fix: Navigate to the Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs section on your Windows 10 PC. Afterward, Under the Programs pane at the left side, select the browser you want to use as default one and click on the Set this program as default option, and finally click on the Ok button.

  1. Edge isn’t Blocking Pop Ups

Microsoft Edge Issues - Edge isn’t Blocking Pop Ups

One of the common issues of Edge browser is that it lacks the quality extensions as relative to Firefox and Chrome. The Windows 10 browser doesn’t include a reputable Ad blocker, but since the introduction of the Anniversary Update, you can download either Adblock or Adblock Plus for Edge.

Fix: You can fix this issue by downloading the Adblock or Adblock Plus for your Edge browser. To do so, click on the Menu icon in the top-right corner and then choose the Extensions option. Now, search for ‘adblock’. Select ‘Adblock’ or ‘Adblock Plus’ from the search results and click on the blue ‘Free’ button to install on your browser.

  1. All Webpages ‘Have a Problem’ and Won’t Load

Microsoft Edge Issues - All Webpages ‘Have a Problem’ and Won’t Load

The next issue in our list of the most annoying Microsoft Edge issues is concerning web pages. In case every website that you visit is showing an error message despite the fact that your Internet connection is working properly, chances are something is wrong with Edge.

Fix: To fix this issue, try clearing the pipes out by clicking on the three horizontal dots and choosing Settings. Next, Under the Clear Browser Data section, click on the Choose what to clear option. Now, delete your browsing history and cached files. Once done, restart your Edge browser and see if it works successfully.

  1. The Occasional Website ‘Has A Problem’ or ‘Needs Internet Explorer’

Microsoft Edge Issues - The Occasional Website ‘Has A Problem’ or ‘Needs Internet Explorer’

Although many web pages you open in Edge work properly, some websites come up with error messages or say ‘needs Internet Explorer’. Such websites probably can’t be successfully read by Microsoft Edge.

Fix:  Web pages that can’t read by Edge show an error message providing you with two options: Open Internet Explorer and Continue With Edge. If you select the later option, you may face potential loading issues. So, it’s better to choose the Open Internet Explorer option to fix this one of the Microsoft Edge issues.

  1. I Can’t Find My Favorites or Downloads

Microsoft Edge Issues - I Can’t Find My Favorites or Downloads

The next one in our list of Microsoft Edge problems is that people often unable to find their favorites or downloads. In case you’re also facing the same issue, follow the solution given below and fix it right away:

Fix: Search for taskbar button that says ‘Hub’. Once found, click on it and choose the Favorites option to see your current favorites. If you want to download your old favorites from another browser, click on the Import Favorites option.

  1. My Passwords Don’t Work on Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - My Passwords Don’t Work on Edge

Are you trying to log into sites that require passwords but your Edge is unable to perform the task? If so, you can fix this one of the most common Microsoft Edge issues by following one of the fixes given below:

Fix 1: Click on the three horizontal dots and choose the Settings option. Under the Clear Browser Data section, click on the Choose what to clear option and delete your browsing history as well as cache files. Finally, restart your Microsoft Edge browser and see if it’s working properly.

Fix 2: A recent program or app you’ve downloaded can cause problems with Microsoft Edge. So, you’ll need to run Windows App Troubleshooter or try to uninstall the recently downloaded apps.

Fix 3: In case you’re a LastPass user, click on the three horizontal dots and select the Extensions option to browse through the Edge add-ons collection on the Windows Store, assuming you’ve installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Here, you’ll find a LastPass extension, which will bring your passwords over to Edge.

  1. Cortana Isn’t Working on Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - Cortana Isn’t Working on Edge

If Cortana isn’t working, chances are that it’s disabled on your Windows 10 device and you’ve not noticed this. Here’s how to turn on Cortana:

Fix: Head over to the Cortana Notebook placed on the Windows 10 desktop. From the Notebook, navigate to Settings and make sure that Cortana is switched to ‘On’. If not, toggle the switch to turn it on.

Read more at How to Fix Flashing Tabs Issue in Edge

  1. Edge is Stuck in an Infinite Loop

Microsoft Edge Issues - Edge is Stuck in an Infinite Loop

Are you getting an infinite loop of pop-ups, glitching websites or related that prevents you from using the Edge browser? Well, you can easily fix it by following the instructions given below:

Fix 1: Press the Windows + X keyboard shortcut to launch System File Checker. A list will appear. Click on the Command Prompt (Admin) option. A new box will prompt. Type ‘SFC/scannow’ (without quotes) and press the Enter key. This will scan your system file errors that may cause an issue in Edge.

Fix 2: In case you’ve recently downloaded any programs or apps, they can cause problems with Microsoft Edge. So, you’ll need to uninstall them and see if Edge starts working properly.

Fix 3: Search for ‘System Restore’ in your desktop search box. Using this, you can restore Windows 10 to the earlier version and remove the problem affecting Edge.

  1. Your Mouse ‘Hover’ Pop-ups and Other Features Aren’t Working On Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - Your Mouse ‘Hover’ Pop-ups and Other Features Aren’t Working On Edge

Another problem in our list of 18 common Microsoft Edge issues is related to your mouse. Sometimes, your mouse ‘hover’ pop-ups without any reason and doesn’t show the usual auto-info. It’s quite strange, isn’t it? Let’s fix it:

Fix: Click on the three horizontal dots and choose the Settings option. Under the Clear Browser Data section, click on the Choose what to clear option and delete your browsing history as well as cache files. Finally, restart your Microsoft Edge browser and see if it’s fixed.

  1. Text in Edge is Too Small

Microsoft Edge Issues - Text in Edge is Too Small

In case your Edge browser shows the text too small that you can’t read it or you have to put a strain on your eyes to read it. Well, you can easily fix it. There’re two ways to troubleshoot this annoying issue:

Fix 1: You can increase or decrease the text size of an opened webpage by pressing the Ctrl key together with + (plus) or (minus) symbol respectively. Alternatively, you can click on the three horizontal dots and increase or decrease the zoom setting.

Fix 2: In case you want to change the size in Reading View, navigate to the three horizontal dots > Settings > Reading section. Here, you can change the font size as well as style as per your choice.

  1. I Can’t Save Web Pages With Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - I Can’t Save Web Pages With Edge

Are you unable to save web pages with Edge browser? Why don’t you fix it? Let me guess! Chances are that you’re unaware of the process regarding how to troubleshoot this no. 13 problem on our list of Microsoft Edge issues. Well, don’t worry. Here, we’ll tell you on how you can save web pages with your Windows 10 browser:

Fix 1: Try to right-click on the web page you want to save. A menu will appear and you need to see if there’s an option to save the web page directly. You can also add the web page to your favorites.

Fix 2: You can also use the Web Note tool that looks like a small pen-and-paper icon on the Edge toolbar. Clicking on it will launch a new toolbar that has a floppy disk save button at the right side. Edit your web page if needed and save it by clicking on the Save button.

Fix 3: Add-ons for Evernote and OneNote let you clip web pages for later. All you need to do is simply click on three horizontal dots > Extensions. Here, you can download extensions for OneNote and Evernote.

  1. Drag-and-drop and Other Features Aren’t Working for SharePoint Online

Microsoft Edge Issues - Drag-and-drop and Other Features Aren’t Working for SharePoint Online

Drag-and-drop for SharePoint Online isn’t working while using Edge? Well, you’re not alone! Microsoft has yet to implement this feature in its Edge browser. Instead, you can turn on other features.

Fix: To enable other features such as New Quick Step or Edit Library, make sure that you’ve installed SharePoint Designer on your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Skype for Business Online, Open With Access or Open With Project Aren’t Working

Microsoft Edge Issues - Skype for Business Online Isn’t Working

Given that some SharePoint and OneDrive features make use of ActiveX, which is not supported by Edge, that’s why you’re unable to use Skype for Business online, open with access or open with the project.

Fix: Switch to a different web browser such as Opera, Chrome or Internet Explorer when working on SharePoint or OneDrive projects.

  1. Flash Player Isn’t Working and I Can’t Install It

Microsoft Edge Issues - Flash Player Isn’t Working and I Can’t Install It

If you’re facing trouble in watching videos, there’s a possibility that it may be Flash Player. Edge has a built-in player namely Flash Player, so you don’t need to install or update it, but you need to ensure that it’s enabled.

Fix: Click on the three horizontal dots and choose the Settings option. Under the Platform Controls section, find the heading named Adobe Flash Player. Make sure that it’s enabled and then refresh your web page to see if the video works.

  1. YouTube and Other Video Sites Aren’t Working In Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - YouTube Isn’t Working In Edge

YouTube is one of the most popular movie streaming sites that’s used by many people around the world. However, it doesn’t work on Edge at times. Not only YouTube, but other video sites are unable to work properly in Edge. However, you can fix it by following some simple steps given below:

Fix 1: Click on the three horizontal dots and choosing the Settings option. Under the Clear Browser Data section, click on the Choose what to clear option and delete your browsing history as well as cache files. Finally, restart your Microsoft Edge browser and see if it’s working properly.

Fix 2: Make sure you’ve installed the latest drivers for your graphics card. Also, check that whether your Windows is up to date or not.

Fix 3: The above fixes don’t work for you? If so, head over to the Control Panel, click on the View Network Status and Tasks and select Internet Options. Then, navigate to the Advanced tab and check Use Software Rendering Instead of GPU Rendering. This should alleviate the issue.

  1. I Can’t Get Sound on Edge

Microsoft Edge Issues - I Can’t Get Sound on Edge

It’s one of the Microsoft Edge issues that may be caused by Adobe Flash Player. To fix sound on Edge, you need to perform some easy steps:

Fix: Click on the three horizontal dots and choose the Settings option. Under the Platform Controls section, find the heading named Adobe Flash Player. Make sure that it’s enabled and then refresh your web page to see if the video works.

In this guide, we’ve tried to give solutions to almost all your Microsoft Edge issues, but if you have any more queries, feel free to drop them in the comments section below. We’ll love to hear from you.

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