Microsoft Edge Flickering on Windows: Fixed

Disabling visual notifications on your PC can solve the tab issue

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  • A simple yet effective fix for this issue is to disable visual notifications from settings.
  • Another effective fix for this problem is to switch to a light theme.
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Microsoft Edge is nowhere to what it used to be when it was first launched a few years back. It is one of the best browsers for all devices, boasting many features. But many reported the Microsoft Edge flickering problem.

Complaints against it are mounting, and so is the clamor for a solution. Unfortunately, while the Microsoft Edge flickering issues continue to be pervasive, a sure-fire solution is still elusive.

There are a few workarounds available that can be of help. However, before we get to the solution, it could be worth shedding some more light on the problem itself.

Why are my tabs flashing orange?

The problem is hard-coded in the browser itself, if it can be referred to as such. This is a feature designed to be beneficial by drawing attention to anything that Edge feels you should be attending to.

So any changes that take place in a dormant tab, such as getting logged out automatically or a download that has finished, will set the tab flashing and will continue until you click on it.

By that time, another tab might have started blinking, and you could soon be reduced to playing a nice game of whack-a-mole. Not bad, except that you didn’t ask for it.

This brings us to the next logical question, how to get rid of it. There aren’t many options here, though you can try the ones listed below, which worked for many users.

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How do I fix Microsoft Edge flickering issues?

In this article

1. Disable content on the Edge home screen

  1. Launch Edge, click on the Page settings icon, and choose Custom from the Layout dropdown menu.page settings
  2. Now, turn off the toggle for Recent Bing searches, Show greetings, Office sidebar, and New tab tips.disable content to fix microsoft edge flickering
  3. Finally, under the Content dropdown menu, choose Content off.content off

That’s it! Once you are done disabling all forms of informational or other display items from Microsoft Edge, flickering should automatically stop. In case it doesn’t, head to the next solution.

2. Uncheck visual notifications

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type control in the run box and click the OK button.
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  3. Click on the Ease of Access option.
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  4. Select the Ease of Access Center option.
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  5. Click on Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.
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  6. Uncheck the box for Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry) checkbox is activated.
  7. Click on Apply to exit the dialog box.
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This should prompt your browser to play a notification sound instead of Microsoft Edge flickering screen on the laptop. At least many have claimed this worked for them. Once done, verify whether this fixes Microsoft Edge flickering in Windows 10.

If Microsoft Edge keeps flickering, the next solution might do the trick.

3. Choose a Light theme

  1. Click the menu button (three horizontal dots) at the top right corner.
  2. Select the Settings option.
    settings tabs flashing edge
  3. Choose the Appearance option in the left pane.
    appearance
  4. Select the Light theme.
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Again, this is believed to have worked for many in preventing the Microsoft Edge flickering in Windows 11 and the previous iterations.

How do I toggle tabs in Edge?

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app on your PC.
  2. Select the System option.
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  3. Choose Multitasking in the left pane.
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  4. Click the dropdown in the Alt + Tab section and choose your preferred option.

The Microsoft Edge screen flickering issue can quickly dent your browsing experience. Fortunately, it is not difficult to fix. But remember to verify whether the problem lies with the browser or if the screen is flickering in Windows.

Also, find out what to do if Edge is slow or laggy and the most effective fixes to eliminate webcam flickering in Windows.

Feel free to let us know the fix that helped you solve the issue in the comments below.

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