How to Disable Annoying Notifications on Microsoft Edge

Ben Stegner 23-02-2017

Microsoft Edge is a decent browser and it’s improving all the time thanks to Windows 10 updates. However, it still isn’t worth setting as your default browser 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet Is Microsoft Edge worth using while Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are still around? Is Edge good enough to be your primary browser? Read More . With weak extension support, a lack of power user tools, and no exciting features like you’ll find in other browsers, Edge pales in comparison to Firefox, Chrome, or Opera Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More .


Even if you’ve decided to use a different browser, Edge is persistent. It sometimes spawns pop-ups letting you know that Chrome isn’t battery efficient, or Firefox doesn’t block enough malware. These claims probably won’t make you start using Edge, so they just end up being annoying.

Thankfully, it’s easy to disable these notifications so Edge shuts up. Open the Settings panel, then browse to System > Notifications & Actions. Under the Notifications header, find the slider that says Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows. Disable that, and Edge’s notifications will cease.

Of course, Microsoft wants you to use its own browser, so this is an attempt to pull you away from whatever browser you like. Microsoft’s rewards program does give you points for using Edge, but you can decide whether to use it on your own. Notification balloons are annoying when you don’t want them, but thankfully this is an easy fix.

If you’re willing to try Edge, check out the best extensions to enhance it 10 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions You Should Try Today The latest Windows 10 Upgrade finally brings browser extensions to Microsoft Edge. We have examined the handful of extensions available and show you which ones are worth your time. Read More .

Have you used Edge for long? Let us know if these notifications were driving you crazy in the comments!


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  1. Erwin Hnsl
    May 28, 2020 at 6:05 am

    The Chromium based Edge performs outstanding fast on old hardware, e.g. zero clients with Atom N270, N450, and Via Chrome CPUs. That's where Chrome and Firefox absolutely fails.

    However the information about the notifications are wrong or outdated because of updates, the setting is now under settings - site permissions - ask before sending.

    There it turned out that has not on the blocked list although I have choosen to block youtube notifications when they occur. I would be a madman if I believe this is "just" a bug, since some other majors on the social media market "bought" such exceptions in the past quite often, e.g. the commercials ad on Samsung Smart TV

  2. Matt
    February 24, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I hadn't noticed edge notifications, but hey, if you want to write a related article see if you can find out how to stop the compatability tool from telling us over and over and over again that this or that old game/app isn't compatible with Win10? I mean, yeah thanks for telling me that Fallout 3 is incompatible Win10, you've only told me EVERY TIME I start it, now shut the hell up about it!

  3. John S
    February 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Edge in my opinion lacks any one feature that would cause a Chrome, Firefox or even Opera user to switch to it. It's very basic which in some ways is probably fine for a user just wanting a browser. But day to day people tend to use a browser that goes beyond a basic browser. They add extensions, work with multiple devices on different operating systems. This is probably why Chrome is so popular, because it works and sync's on many platforms. Obviously if your all in on Microsoft products maybe Edge suits your needs, but that's probably not that many users these days. Another thought as to why nobody uses Edge is how Microsoft probably got on many users bad side with all the nags and pushiness towards using Win 10 and Edge. It becomes a anti establishment reason to not use Edge. I personally think Edge is more unstable than Internet Explorer in my experience with Edge. Sometimes I get good days where it works fine, other times its horribly unstable won't load a page and needs frequent restarts of Edge to keep it working. I get some of that with every browser I have ever used. But Edge still seems more of a issue than most these days. Bottom line, nothing about Windows 10 is compelling or positive but neither is it a huge negative. I am just neutral on the whole OS which is really not a good thing to sway users over to Win 10 or Edge. You have to really win over people on something new, make a compelling argument on how much improved it is. I do not think Microsoft has done this. Rather they have taken to making nagging users into trying it and that can really backfire. Which in Edge's case has most certainly happened.