Wondering how to open or start the new Microsoft Edge without any Extensions? Here is how to launch the Edge browser with extensions disabled to troubleshoot issues you’re having with it.
You can add features to Web Browser and customize or beautify it by using Extensions.
Unlike Legacy Edge, the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium supports extensions.
Extensions sometimes, can be malware or cause performance and stability issues. They pose a security threat, so sometimes, it’s better to turn off all extensions if you’re facing critical issues. Here is how you can do that in Edge.
Before getting into the steps of how to start Edge without add-ons, make sure you do these things.
First things first,
- If you can open Edge fine without any problems, then launch it, otherwise, see
6 Sure Ways to Fix Microsoft Edge’s Constant Crashes on Windows 11/10
- Click on the menu and select Settings, visit “System and performance”
- Toggle off to disable “continue running background extensions and apps when Microsoft Edge is closed“.
- Now close all Edge Windows.
- Open Task Manager
- Find and kill “Microsoft Edge” processes.
How to Launch Microsoft Edge without Extensions
- Right-click on the Microsoft Edge shortcut on the desktop and select “Properties”
- Place your mouse cursor in the Target field and press Enter.
- In the end, after msedge.exe ” add the following command line switch
- Click “Apply” and click “OK” to save the changes.
Note: Ensure the total string in the Target field should look like this :
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --disable-extensions
Now launch Edge by clicking on that shortcut, Edge will open without extensions.
If you still see extensions enabled, close Edge. Open Task Manager and Search for Edge process and kill all its instances.
Try to open Edge again. You can now notice the Extensions menu item option appears grayed out, in the menu. That conveys all extensions have been turned off in Edge.
To re-enable extensions, If the issue with Edge you’re experiencing is resolved, remove the command line switch added above in Target filed in Edge shortcut properties and relaunch Edge again.
Hope that helps. We’ve covered a similar guide on “how to start Chrome without extensions”, be sure to check it out here.
What’s your take on this? Have you run into an issue with Extensions in Edge? How you’ve solved it? Let us know in the comments below.