When trying to close the Edge browser, you may see the following pop-up warning: Microsoft Edge is being used for sharing. . At this point, you can refer to this article for two useful ways to solve this problem. I hope you find this helpful.
If you are a Windows 10 user, you may see a warning message saying “Microsoft Edge is being shared” when you try to close the Edge browser. Do not worry too much. This problem is easy to fix.
What Causes “Use Microsoft Edge for Sharing” Popup
This warning is due to a bug in Microsoft Edge that makes the browser think it is constantly sharing content. This causes a recurring error every time the user tries to close the browser.
If you have the same problem, you can fix it by installing a Microsoft fix (via Windows Update) or by closing Microsoft Edge-related tasks when this error occurs (a temporary workaround).
How to get rid of “Microsoft Edge is being used for sharing” error message
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Install Windows Updates
Recently, Microsoft has finally agreed to work around this and released a fix that prevents the sharing warning window from appearing when not actually in use.
Fixes come with important Windows updates. To fix the problem, install pending updates and keep your operating system up to date.
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Then type ms-settings:windows update in the box and press Enter to open the Windows Update tab in the Settings application.
- When the Windows Update Center screen appears, scroll to the right and click Check for Updates to start the search.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to start installing pending updates for your Windows 10 version update.
- Restart your computer after installing all pending updates.
- Now open and close Microsoft Edge to see if the issue is resolved.
Use the task manager and close Microsoft Edge.
If your Windows 10 operating system has been updated, but the “Microsoft Edge shared message” error still appears, there may be a problem with the Edge browser. You should close and restart this web browser to avoid this annoying warning.
This workaround usually fixes the problem temporarily and the problem will come back on the next restart. So, you need to close Microsoft Edge through the task manager without losing the task tab. Here’s how.
- Open Task Manager by holding down Ctrl + Shift and pressing Esc.
- Click the Processes tab and find the Microsoft Edge browser.
- Once found, right-click and select “End Task” from the context menu.
- When you do, Edge will automatically close and Microsoft Edge will no longer affect your computer’s performance.