Web browsers today have evolved into high-performance tools that allow you to access every corner of the internet and more. The features and functionalities that browsers have today are incredible and some of them were not even in the pipeline a few years ago.
One of the most powerful and feature-rich browsers today is the new Microsoft Edge browser. The successor to the Internet Explorer browser has been built from scratch and this time, Microsoft has gone for the more reliable Chromium engine to build the browser platform. It is interesting to note that the same Chromium engine is used to build the Chrome browser.
One of the features that can help you get a little more out of the Microsoft Edge browser, is flags. Using the flags menu, you can enable certain functions that you normally will not spot in your settings.
In this tutorial, we will tell you the top 25 Flags you should use in the Microsoft Edge browser.
First, let’s see how to access the flags menu.
Step 1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC/laptop.
Step 2. In the URL bar, enter edge://flags and press Enter.
Microsoft has mentioned that these flag features are experimental, so make sure you exercise caution while enabling any of them. With that disclaimer, let’s get started.
Number 1. Parallel Downloading.
This flag splits your download file into smaller chunks and enables parallel downloading, thereby giving you faster downloads. This feature has been around for a while but for some reason, Microsoft has let it stay as an experimental or optional function rather than taking it mainstream
Number 2. Quieter Notification Prompts
When you visit any website these days, the first thing you see on your browser is a notification permission window. This is now a staple on almost all websites on the internet and sometimes, in the spur of the moment, we tend to allow notifications and what follows is incessant unnecessary notifications that cause a great deal of distraction.
The Quieter notification prompts flag removes the notification permission prompt entirely, thus giving you peace of mind.
Number 3. Secure DNS Lookup
When you enable this flag, the Microsoft Edge browser will try to secure an HTTPS connection to a website. This is useful when you are visiting a website that is just not opening on the standard HTTP protocol. Usually, with normal settings, you will just get an error. This flag will try to run the website with an HTTPS protocol instead.
Number 4. Enable sharing page via QR code
This flag adds a new dimension to sharing a web page. Sometimes, a web page may contain sensitive information and you do not want to risk exposing it to anyone other than the recipient. In such cases, this flag helps you to share a web page in the form of a QR code. The recipient can scan the QR code and access the web page. It’s a neat flag that you should definitely use.
Number 5. Tab hover cards
If you are browsing the web on the Microsoft Edge browser and you have many tabs open, the Tab hover cards flag is the best solution. In this, you get an image preview of the tab layout and from there, you can quickly access the right tab. This flag greatly enhances your browsing speed.
Number 6. Tab Groups
Sometimes, we open tabs on the browser that corresponds to a single task. The tab groups flag allows you to group such tabs with a unique color code. This way, even if you open a random new tab, the relevant tabs are easily accessible.
Number 7. Global Media Controls
This is one of our personal favorites. Enabling the Global media control flag allows you to control media playback in your tabs from one central location. This makes it very easy to stay on top of multiple media tabs that may be open on your browser.
Number 8. Treat Risky Downloads
This is a flag that you should enable on the PC if the same is used by younger siblings, older people, or even children. Treat risky downloads flag does not allow the user to download any directly executable files from the internet. This way, malware will not be downloaded on your PC even by accident.
Number 9. Dark mode
If you are a big fan of the trending dark mode, this flag is for you. Enabling this flag renders every web page in a dark mode setting. It does not matter whether or not the web page actually supports it. This way, you get a seamless dark mode browsing experience.
Number 10. Focus Mode
Finally, we have a focus mode. This flag helps you restrict new tabs to a new window. This is great when you are reading content from a tab and you do not want any other tab to intervene or get added in the same window.
These are the Top 10 Microsoft Edge flags that you should use in 2020.