Tabs flashing in Microsoft Edge? Here’s how to fix that

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft Edge is a solid browser, but it does suffer from a couple issues.
  • Many users reported that tabs keep flashing in Microsoft Edge.
  • To fix this problem, try switching to a light theme or enable Flash.
  • Want to learn more about Microsoft Edge? If so, be sure to check our Edge hub, for more in-depth guides.
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Microsoft’s Edge browser is nowhere what it used to be when it was first launched a few years back.

It is fast and secure, besides having many of the features that makes it at par with several of its peers such as Google’s Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, including support for extensions.

So far, so good, but there is one niggling issue that severely mars the feel-good factor with the otherwise competent browser – that of flashing tabs.

Complaints against it are mounting, and so is the clamor for a solution.

Unfortunately, while the issue continues to be pervasive, a sure-fire solution is still elusive.

There are a few workarounds available through which can be of help. Hang on to find out more.

However, before we get to the solution, it could be worth shedding some more light on the problem itself.

For one, the problem, if it can be referred to as such, is something that is hard-coded in the browser itself.

In fact, this happens to be a feature that was conceived to be beneficial to you by drawing your attention to anything that the Edge feels you should be attending to.

So any changes that take place in a dormant tab, which can be like you getting logged out automatically or a download that has finished will set the tab flashing and will continue that way until you have clicked 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 definitely try these listed below which many claims have worked for them.

How can I fix flashing tabs in Edge?

  1. Uncheck visual notification
  2. Consider switching to UR Browser
  3. Choose a ‘Light’ theme
  4. Enable Flash Player

1. Uncheck visual notification

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  1. Launch Control Panel (you can do so by searching for Control Panel via Cortana).
  2. In the Control Panel window, click/tap on Ease of Access.
  3. Under the Ease of Access Center, click/tap on Replace sounds with visual clues from among the sub-menus listed.
  4. Alternately, you can also click/tap Ease of Access Center followed by clicking/tapping on Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.
  5. See if the Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry) checkbox is checked. If it is, uncheck it.
  6. Click/tap on Apply to exit the dialog box.

This should prompt your Edge browser to play a notification sound instead of tabs’ flashing. At least, many have claimed this worked for them.

2. Consider switching to UR Browser

UR Browser is a viable alternative for Edge, especially since the new iteration of Microsoft’s native browser is based on Chromium.

That’s why they are similar. Now, we must say that similarities, especially when it comes to privacy, end there. UR Browser is what you want to call ultimate privacy-oriented browser.

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Not to mention that flashing tabs are something you definitely won’t experience on UR Browser, while Edge had issues from the get-go. Some of the features that will make you consider this browser are:

  • Built-in VPN
  • Built-in Ad-blocker
  • Automatic switch to HTTPS (modern, most secure website protocol)
  • 2048 bit RSA encryption key
  • Anti-tracking and anti-profiling features
  • Variety of independent search engines that won’t track or steal your data
  • Moods feature and an abundance of customization options.

It’s free to check it out and learn about all the advantages UR Browser offers.

Editor's recommendation
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  • Fast page loading
  • VPN-level privacy
  • Enhanced security
  • Built-in virus scanner

3. Choose a ‘Light’ theme

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  1. Click/tap on the three dots at the top right corner of your Edge browser, just beneath the Close button.
  2. Click / tap Settings.
  3. Under Choose a theme, select Light

Again, this is believed to have worked for many in preventing the tabs to blink.

4. Enable Flash Player

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  1. Again click/tap on the three dots at the top right corner of your Edge browser.
  2. Locate Settings along the bottom.
  3. Select Advanced Setting, followed by selecting the View advanced settings submenu.
  4. Locate Use Adobe Flash Player
  5. Set the button to the on position to enable the Use Adobe Flash player setting.
  6. Refresh your browser for the changed settings to take effect.

Let us know if any of the above methods have worked for you, while we await a more comprehensive solution from Microsoft.

As has already been mentioned, the feature is hard-coded in the browser and lacks a specific user option that you can toggle to set it on or off to suit your preference.

As is evident, most have resented the feature and a user-friendly means of setting it off is keenly awaited.

Till then, you can definitely give the above methods a try. Meanwhile, here are some related topics that can also be of interest to you.

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge

  • How do I manage tabs in Microsoft Edge?

Tab managing works the same in Microsoft Edge like in any other browser, and you can easily create tabs or move them around.

  • How do I save all open tabs in Microsoft Edge?

To save all open tabs, click on More icon and choose Settings. Now set Open Microsoft Edge with to Previous pages and your browser will always start with previously open tabs.

  • How do I select multiple tabs in Edge?

Microsoft Edge doesn’t currently support the selection of multiple tabs, but this feature might be added in the near future.

  • How do I save multiple tabs?

To save multiple tabs in Edge, you need to right-click a tab and choose Add tabs to favorites option.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.