How to disable ‘preloading pages’ option of Microsoft Edge?


Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the overhauled variant of the old good Internet Explored. It came and works with Windows 10. But because of the Chromium kernel, it doesn’t attract many users. Also, we should take into consideration the ‘bad name’ of its predecessor. But those who understand much about browsers, security, speed, and other stuff, will admit that both Internet Explorer and its newer variant have the highest security among others. Anyways, recently, Microsoft announced that it had brought new features to users of the development branch of Canary.

Particularly, you will be able to find the option to ‘preload web pages to speed up browsing and searching’ under the ‘Privacy and Services’ settings menu. When enabled, the Microsoft Edge browser based on the Chromium kernel can find all the links on the current website page and preload the next most likely page (DNS prefetch).

In fact, on the Google Chrome browser, the ‘preload’ operation has been enabled by default. You can find this function that can speed up the browsing and search experience under the ‘Settings > Privacy’ setting.

Although other third-party browsers based on the Chromium kernel have already enabled this feature, the new version of Microsoft Edge introduces this setting option in the Canary development branch for the first time and is enabled by default.

How to disable Microsoft Edge’s preloading pages option?

If you want to disable preloading due to privacy concerns after enabling it, you can also refer to the following methods to modify the settings of Edge Canary:

  • Launch the new version of Microsoft Edge browser;
  • Click the ‘…’ icon and select ‘Settings’;
  • Go to ‘Privacy and Services’ > ‘Services’;
  • Toggle ‘Preload webpage to speed up browsing and searching’.
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Microsoft Edge preloading pages

Note: If you have an extension that is controlling or managing it, you need to disable or remove it first before following the above steps.

Microsoft Edge preloading pages

Microsoft Edge Takes The Second Place

As said above, the Microsoft Edge browser has made a surprising move. Last year, the Redmond-based company decided to rebuild its browser based on Chromium, the same foundation as Google Chrome. Of course, this and other factors like Windows 10 popularity made Edge become the second-most popular desktop browser.

NetMarketShare reports that the Microsoft Edge has boosted the browser’s market share considerably, surpassing Mozilla Firefox.

It seems the position of Google Chrome is steadfast. It still has a commanding lead at nearly 69.18% of the market, but Edge now sits at 7.76%.

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