How to Use Microsoft Edge’s Task Manager in Windows 10

The new Microsoft Edge is here, and since it’s based on Chromium, it comes with a feature package that’s very similar to one of other browsers running on the same engine, including Google Chrome.

One of these features is a built-in Task Manager, which technically provides users with a closer look at the resource usage in the browser.

Just like in Windows 10, the Task Manager displays the memory, CPU, and network footprint, but this time not the processes running on the device are the ones that are being monitored, but the components of the browser.

Needless to say, the higher the resource usage of these browser modules, the bigger the impact on system performance, so if you notice a slower browser or device, this is one of the places you should check.

In Microsoft Edge, the Task Manager comes with pretty much the same look and feature lineup like its Google Chrome sibling, so if you’ve migrated from Google’s browser, there’s nothing new to discover here.

In fact, the Task Manager itself is a rather basic tool, as it only shows each browser module, along with the resource usage and that’s pretty much it. The useful thing is that you can end a process if it’s eating up too many resources, so if a specific website is causing problems, this is the easiest way to deal with it.

The task column in the Task Manager groups not only the main process and other modules, but also the installed extensions. This way, you can monitor the resource usage of every extension and, if needed, to remove it from the browser. A double-click on an extension in this screen takes you right to its settings, where you can also uninstall it.

Microsoft Edge Task Manager

The rest of the columns display the memory, CPU, and network usage, and you can also sort all components based on such criteria to determine the resource hogs. The process ID column is also useful for power users for identifying a specific process on the system. Additional information can be displayed in the Task Manager by right-clicking in the main UI, and you can choose from a wide variety of categories, including CPU time, start time, CSS cache, hard faults, idle memory, and so many others. Enabling and disabling these extra options can be done from the context menu.

The Task Manager can adapt to the visual mode that you use in the browser, as it supports both the light and the dark skins – it changes the interface according to the global browser settings.

Launching the Task Manager is quite easy in Microsoft Edge (and it’s actually very similar to Google Chrome anyway), so all you need to do is this:


Microsoft Edge > Menu > More tools > Browser Task Manager

As an alternative, Microsoft Edge also comes with a dedicated hotkey for the Task Manager to launch faster. The hotkey is:


Shift + Escape

Thanks to the migration to Chromium, Microsoft Edge is now available on more than just Windows. The stable version can be installed on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS, and it’s believed Microsoft is also preparing a Linux version, although an ETA for this release isn’t yet available. However, the Linux version is believed to be in the works already, so expect more info to be shared soon.

The Task Manager is offered cross-platform, so shutting down the browser modules that eat up too many resources is also possible on macOS and older Windows versions.

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