How To Use The Sleeping Tabs Feature In Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now includes the sleeping tabs feature. With sleeping tabs, you can significantly reduce memory usage by hibernating the background tabs.

Here is how to configure it:

Access Edge settings from the menu.

accessing Edge settings

Then scroll down to System.

Edge system settings

Alternatively, type the following in the address bar:


Edge system settings

From the Save resources section on the right, the option of Save resources with sleeping tabs will already be enabled.

sleeping tabs settings in Edge

By default, it is set to two hours. That means all the background tabs will go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. You can change the duration from the drop-down, the lowest being 5 minutes.

changing the duration for sleeping tabs in Edge

The tab icons will dim once the sleeping tabs threshold duration is reached.

dimmed tabs un Edge once they are sleeping

Hovering on them will also display their sleeping status.

notification of sleeping tabs in Edge

Clicking on the sleeping tabs will once again wake them up.

Also, if you’d like to add exclusions, you can do so by clicking on the Add button next to Never put these sites to sleep.

adding exclusions to sleeping tabs in Edge

Add the website URLs as needed. Once added, the tabs for these websites won’t go to sleep.

adding websites to be excluded from the sleeping tabs settings in Edge

To edit or remove exclusions, click on the dots icon next to the added websites and choose Edit or Remove.

editing or removing exclusions from sleeping tabs settings in Edge

It is a useful Edge feature as it can free up memory and CPU when there are many background tabs opened.

Happy browsing.

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