Chromium-based Edge browser from Microsoft has “Flags” that you can use to test upcoming features. This article explains how to find and use Edge Flags.
Find Edge (Chromium) Flags
To find Edge flags available for you to test:
- Open a new tab.
- Type edge://flags into the address bar.
- Click Enter.
Before you enable any flags, remember that these are experimental features and might break your browser or create unpleasant browsing experience. You will see the following warning on the Flags page:
“WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES AHEAD! By enabling these features, you could lose browser data or compromise your security or privacy. Enabled features apply to all users of this browser.”
If you want to regularly test new features using flags, download the Beta version of Edge. With the Beta version, you will get newer flags that are currently not available in the Stable version.
To enable a flag:
- Select “Enabled” from the drop-down next to it.
- Restart Edge.
A flag usually has one of the following status:
Developers change the value of “Default” to Enabled/Disabled or any other value to test the feature with more users. For example, they can roll-out a new feature by changing the flag default value to “Enabled”. If something breaks, users can find the flag, change its value from Default to Disabled.
You might see other values in this drop-down if the feature has various options or modes.
From the status drop down next to the flag name, select “Disabled” and restart Edge browser. This will disable the flag.
You can also use the “Reset all to default” option above the list to reset all flags and go back to the default state.
Sharing Direct Link to Edge Flags
Each Edge flag has the following attributes:
You can use the URL to share a direct link to a flag. To do this:
- Click the address that starts with “#” after a flag description.
- Copy the URL from the address bar.
- Share the URL.
Here is an example: