How to Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration on Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft Edge Hardware acceleration improves the browser’s performance by moving all graphics and text rendering from the CPU to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) when available. It frees up resources on your PC so it can run other applications faster.

Though, Hardware acceleration may render your computer to perform slowly if your computer isn’t equipped with a high-performance graphics card. This is the case where you should disable hardware acceleration. By doing this, you can also free-up valuable resources on your computer.

When hardware acceleration is enabled on Edge, and your graphics card does not support this feature, it can negatively affect the experience by preventing visual elements from displaying correctly. If you notice that menus and dialog boxes are not rendering correctly, a green screen may appear while playing a video on Microsoft Edge. In such conditions, turning off hardware acceleration can resolve the issue.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on disabling and enabling the hardware acceleration in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 and 10.

How to Turn On or Off Hardware Acceleration on Windows 11 or 10 Microsoft Edge?

Do these steps allow or block the hardware acceleration on Windows 11 or 10 Microsoft Edge browser:-

Step 1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Step 2. Tap on the three-dotted menu (Settings and more) and select Settings in the drop-down menu or press the Alt + F shortcut keys to select Settings in the menu.

Step 3. Select System and performance from the left side pane.

Quick Note: If you cannot navigate the Settings due to visual rendering issues, you can use the below-mentioned path to access the system settings:-

edge://settings/system

Step 4. On the right side of “System and performance,” under the “System” section, change the switch Use hardware acceleration when available to enable or disable the feature.

Step 5. At last, click the Restart button to apply.

That’s it.

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