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

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

Why do flashing tabs occur in Edge?

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 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 that way 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 definitely try the ones listed below, which worked for many users.

How can I fix flashing tabs in Edge?

  1. Consider switching to Opera
  2. Uncheck visual notifications
  3. Choose a Light theme
  4. Enable Flash Player

1. Consider switching to Opera

If you don’t want to waste time looking around for a solution to fix the flashing tabs in Edge, we suggest that you switch to a browser that does not have this unwanted feature in the first place.

Our suggestion is Opera, a lightweight and highly customizable browser that you can download for free, using the button below.fix flashing tabs in edge

Setting up the browser is extremely easy. As you get familiarized with the design, you’ll be amazed by the multitude of features that come with this browser and how simple it is to navigate between various tabs, workspaces, and built-in social media chat apps.

The tool comes with customized versions for PC, mobile (including older phones), Mac, or Linux. Besides, you can synchronize the Opera browser across all your devices, to easily manage all the settings.

Starting from the basic version, you can bring your own flavor to the browser, adding icons, sidebars, workspaces, and bookmarks for ease of access and a better-organized workflow.

Add the incorporated VPN that secures your online activity, and you have the perfect browser.

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2. Uncheck visual notifications

  1. Launch Control Panel.
  2. Click/tap on Ease of Access.
  3. Under the Ease of Access Center, click/tap on Replace sounds with visual clues.
  4. Alternately, you can also click/tap Ease of Access Center followed by clicking/tapping on Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.ease of access flash active caption bar
  5. See if the Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry) checkbox is activated. 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.

If this doesn’t change things, it possible that there’s a problem with your device’s audio function. See this article for a step-by-step guide on making the necessary changes.


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, then Advanced Settings.
  3. Select 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 settings.
  6. Refresh your browser for the changes to take effect.

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.

Until such an option is available, you can definitely give the above methods a try. Or tell us if you have further suggestions – use the comments section.


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?

You can set Edge to start with previously opened tabs by changing the settings related to how your browser opens.

  • 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.

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


  • I have tried all of these suggestions, and in most cases, I already had the settings as suggested. None of these solutions worked. The tab still flashes, begging for attention, while I am working on other items. Stupidest function I have ever seen, especially since I did not ask for this function. It is even more ridiculous to think some developer team thought that this was a good idea to have without offering a way to turn it off.