Share Feature on Microsoft Edge Not Working: How to Enable It

Sometimes, extensions may cause this issue on Edge

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Key notes

  • The Microsoft Edge Share feature allows users to share web content with other users.
  • Application Bugs can cause the Microsoft Edge Share features to malfunction.
  • Updating the Windows Microsoft Edge browser will fix issues with the Edge browser Share features.
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The Windows Microsoft Edge browser offers a fast and reliable way to share web content with others. However, users encounter issues using Microsoft Edge shared features on their devices.

Therefore, this guide will take you through the causes of shared features on Microsoft Edge not working and how to enable it. Alternatively, you can read about how to fix Microsoft Edge not connecting to the internet on your device.

Why is the share feature not working on Edge?

The shared features function on the Microsoft Edge browser can malfunction due to the following reasons:

  • App bug – Bugs are viruses or malware in the programming code of a software application that can cause an app not to function as intended. Thus, an app bug on Microsoft Edge can affect the share function and impede its performance.
  • Extension conflict – Installing third-party software apps that enhance the browser can affect the browser’s performance. Therefore, an incompatible extension software can affect the Microsoft Edge share features.

The reason listed above can cause the Microsoft Edge share function to malfunction, and it varies on different PCs.

What can I do if the share feature is not working on Edge?

Users should apply the following before trying advanced troubleshooting:

  • Close and reopen the Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Restart your Windows device.
  • Close all background running apps.

You can proceed with the following advanced troubleshooting if the error persists.

1. Add or remove the Share button on the Microsoft Edge toolbar

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge. Click on the three dots and right-click on the Share option.
  2. Select Hide from toolbar to hide the share button.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 and select Show in toolbar to show the share button.

The process above will enable and disable the Share button on the Microsoft Edge toolbar.

2. Clear Microsoft Edge cache and cookies

  1. Launch the  Microsoft Edge app on your device. Click on the three dots on the top right side and select Settings.
  2. On the left side panel menu, select the Privacy, search, and services option. Navigate to the Clear browsing data section, and select the Choose what to clear option.
  3. Select All Time from the Time range at the top, check the boxes next to Cookies and other site data, and the Cached images and files option. Then click on Clear now.

Clearing the browser cache and cookies will troubleshoot all pre-stored data about a web page that can affect the browser’s performance. Check our guide about how to clear the computer cache in Windows 11

3. Update the Microsoft Edge app

  1. Open the  Microsoft Edge app on your device. Click on the three dots on the top right and select the Help and feedback option.
  2. Select About Microsoft Edge from the side menu. Microsoft Edge will automatically check for updates on the About page if there are any.
  3. Toggle on the Download Update over metered connections to allow the app to download and install.

Updating the Windows Edge browser software will fix all bugs in the previous versions. Read about how to download & install Microsoft Edge Offline Installer for 32/64-bit computers.

4. Remove browser extensions

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser and click the three dots at the top right corner. Navigate through and click on Extensions.
  2. Select from the list of Extensions and click on Manage Extensions.
  3. Toggle off the Extension to disable it and check if the error persists.
  4. Repeat this process for all Extensions to find the Extensions causing the error.
  5. Select Remove to remove the Extensions causing the error.

Removing the browser extensions will fix issues with Extensions causing the browser to malfunction. You can read step-by-step details to view browser extensions on Windows.

5. Disable Windows Firewall

  1. Click the Start button, type control panel, then press Enter to open the Control Panel.
  2. Select the Windows Defender Firewall option.
  3. Click the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off option from the left side.
  4. Go to the Private network settings and Public network settings, then click the radio buttons for the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) option.
  5. Exit the Control Panel and restart your PC.

Disabling the Windows Defender will troubleshoot Windows Defender interference with the Edge browser.

Check our guide on how to disable windows defender if you encounter issues with it.

You can also read how to fix Microsoft Edge not opening on your Windows device. Even more, check how to fix Microsoft Edge when it is slow on Windows devices.

Do not hesitate to let us know which solution worked in the comments area below.

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