Best Microsoft Edge Flags to use in 2020

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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.

To enable and access Edge flags, simply enter the following in the URL bar. You will have to restart Edge every time to ensure the flag is working properly by edge://flags

1. 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.

2. 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. 

3. Parallel Downloading

This flag splits your download file into smaller chunks and enables parallel downloading, thereby giving you faster downloads. This is one of the best features on Edge Flags to accelerate the downloading of your files.  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 

4. Previews Allowed

Every website is rife with hyperlinks and anchor text and all manner of things designed to keep you clicking around the site (yep, we do it too). Not all links are informative about what you’re actually clicking though, so this flag generates a preview snippet so you don’t have to click the link before seeing where it actually takes you.

5. 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. 

6. 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.

Once enabled, you only need to right-click on the webpage to create a QR code for it as shown here. The QR code is ready to be shared, and you can download the image to be sent across to anyone on their phones.

7. ClickOnce Support

ClickOnce is a useful Windows component that allows the smooth deployment of any application without administrator permissions. Only Internet Explorer and Edge Chromium browsers provide native support for this unique feature.

8. 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.

9. Smooth Scrolling

You may have heard of smooth scrolling. It’s a feature that lets you improve the scrolling quality and speed on Edge. This helps you navigate through a page smoothly, no matter what the page size is.

10. Fill Passwords on Account Selection

This is a useful privacy feature to manage Microsoft Edge autofill settings. For sensitive websites, you may prefer filling in the passwords every time rather than having Autofill suggestions.  

11. 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. 

12. Credit Card Autofill Ablation Experiment

Another privacy feature that has many takers. If you don’t want your browser window to remember your credit card details for each new transaction, you must enable this autofill ablation experiment feature.  

13. 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. 

14. Heavy Ads Intervention

Sometimes, heavy advertisements on some websites can hog your device resources. Edge allows you to disable such heavy ads by unloading them, thus minimizing the consumption of CPU, GPU, and bandwidth.  

15. Focus Dark Mode for Web Contents

 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.

There are different types of dark mode to experiment with: the default mode turns everything on your browser screen pitch black. If you need something less invasive, choose from “selective image inversion” to “selective inversion of everything.”  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.

 16. Anonymize Local IPs Exposed by WebRTC

Privacy lovers rejoice! If you’re using any WebRTC applications such as Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, Discord, or GoToMeeting, you may want to conceal your private IP address. You can now use Edge flags to obfuscate these local IP addresses with a feature called dynamically generated Multicast DNS  (mDNS).

Conclusion

Microsoft Edge is proving itself as a versatile browser with a complete set of features, just as you would find in Chrome or Firefox. The use of flags is surely going to make your browsing experience more fun and engaging.