Now that Internet Explorer is out of the way finally, Microsoft is taking up enormous efforts to ensure that Microsoft Edge is taking up the Browser marketplace with its features and usability and kind of deservedly so. I kind of despise the fact that Google Chrome is taking up a huge space in the browser industry even though it's definitely a superior product. Poor Firefox.
We are going to talk about the Efficiency Mode in Edge which can be a huge boost to the performance of the browsing experience and make you work longer with less battery. Even though it's pretty good, it can definitely take a toll on your RAM and needless to say, performance. So, it can be a good thing to disable it if you are focused on durability rather than extreme performance.
What does Efficiency Mode do?
Efficiency Mode (earlier known as Performance Mode) is a setting in Microsoft Edge that helps you optimize speed, responsiveness, memory, CPU and battery usage. One thing that you need to remember is that it also might vary depending on your individual specifications and browser habits.
Please be noted that the video playback and also animations as part of the web pages might not be great in this Efficiency Mode. Also, when this mode is enabled, if there are inactive tabs that have been dormant for more than 5 minutes will be automatically put to sleep to enable efficiency. When they are in sleep mode, the page reloads when you open those inactive tabs again.
There have been mixed feelings among users who have been mentioned in online forums. Some say it's good for the longevity of the PC you are using but some are arguing it takes a big swing at the overall user experience. Needless to say, you can be the judge of it yourself.
You might need to download Edge Canary to use this feature as of July 2021. When Windows 11 goes public later this year, we can expect this to be available in Microsoft Edge as a stable feature.
Enable Efficiency Mode to make Microsoft Edge Browser:
This article would indulge in teaching you about enabling or disabling the Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge to make the browser load faster. Let us look into the steps to follow to achieve it.
Step 1: Click on the Edge browser to open it.
Step 2: Open the Settings page to enable efficiency mode. In order to access the page, you must click on the horizontal three dots menu which is placed at the top right corner of the page. Click on it and you will find a drop-down menu being opened. Among the several other options, tap on the Settings option.
Step 3: The Settings page will be opened immediately. The page would have a sidebar to its left with many different options. Among them click on the System and Performance option which would open up on the right side of the screen.
Step 4: The System and Performance page would have the heading Optimize Performance. Under which there is a toggle button to the right side of the option Efficiency mode. Turn On the efficiency mode option in order to enable the feature.
Customize Efficiency Mode in Edge:
This Efficiency mode option can also be customized. There are three different options for it to be customized. Those options offered by Edge are, you can either keep the efficiency mode always on or you make it active only when your PC is unplugged or when your PC is unplugged and is running out of battery. In order to change the triggers of the Efficiency mode, click on the dropdown menu below the toggle and choose the option that is of your desire.
Microsoft has also introduced an option to get a new Performance Tab in the toolbar to access the Efficiency mode settings easily as it would be extremely irritating to head to the Settings page for customizing the Efficiency mode. Following are the steps to follow to get the Performance tab on the toolbar.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your PC.
Step 2: On the left sidebar of the page, click on the Appearances option. It would open up on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: In the several options available, scroll down to find the Show Performance button. Turn the toggle button to its right side On.
Step 4: Now head back to your toolbar, you will find a new heartbeat icon on it. Click on it to access the efficiency mode settings quickly.
Disable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge:
If you ever find the efficiency mode of not much use, you can always disable it too. The steps to disable Efficiency mode is given below.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your PC. You can do it by Opening the start menu and choosing Settings from the bottom left corner of the Start Menu.
Step 2: Click on the System and performance from the left sidebar in the Settings App.
Step 3: Find the Efficiency mode option on the right screen under Optimize Performance and disable the toggle button.