How to Resolve the Blinking Tabs Issue on the Microsoft Edge Browser


The Microsoft Edge browser has now become faster, safer, and more reliable after going through major improvements since it was first introduced. This is why it’s already considered to be a strong competitor with top-tier browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. However, there’s one behavior of Edge that may be annoying to some; that is the flashing tabs.

This happens when you are browsing a couple of websites with several tabs open on the Edge browser, you may notice some of the tabs you’ve opened were blinking or flashing a bright orange color. Microsoft believes this is helpful to get your attention to anything you might want to attend to. To some extent yes, but the frequency of the flashing can also be irritating.

If you prefer to have this flashing tab problem fixed, try the options below.

OPTION 1: Uncheck Turn on Visual Notifications for Sound

To turn off this feature, follow these steps.

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + [X] to open the WinX menu, then select Control Panel.

STEP 2: Click on the Ease of Access section.

STEP 3: In the Ease of Access Center menu, click on Replace sounds with visual cues.

STEP 4: On the next window, uncheck the box next to Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry).

STEP 5: Click the Apply button to save your changes.

NOTE: Doing so will command your browser to play a notification sound instead of flashing tabs. In case this option didn’t work for you, you may proceed to the next option.

OPTION 2: Use a Light Theme

STEP 1: At the upper-right corner of your Edge browser, click the three-dotted icon, then select Settings.

STEP 2: Under Choose a theme, select Light.

NOTE: Changing the browser’s theme to Light worked for many users in preventing the tabs from blinking.

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