How to Stop Edge Browser From Restoring Tabs After a Crash

Note that this process involves editing the Windows registry, which is a database of all your computers’ important settings. If you were go to around deleting entries or randomly renaming folders in the registry, you could mess up your system, but if you follow our instructions and don’t intentionally break things, you shouldn’t have a problem.

1. Open regedit. Hit Windows + R and type regedit into the run dialog box. Click Ok.

enter regedit

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/policies/Microsoft/. You can get there by opening the folders in the left pane of the Registry Editor, much as you would navigate a folder tree in Windows Explorer.

Navigate to Microsoft

3. Right click in the right pane and select New > Key. An unnamed entry appears.

create a new key called MicrosoftEdge

4. Rename the key to MicrosoftEdge. 

How to Stop Edge Browser From Restoring Tabs After a Crash

5. Create a key named Recovery under MicrosoftEdge, using the same method.

Create a key called Recovery

6. Right click select New > DWORD (32-bit value) in the right pane of the Recovery key .

Create DWORD value

7. Name the new value AutoRecover.


8. Open AutoRecover and set its value to 2. Click Ok.

Set AutoRecover to 2

9. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoft.

10. Repeat steps 3 to 6 from this location so that you have a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftMicrosoftEdgeRecoveryAutoRecover DWORD Value set to 2.

Edge browser will always open to a single tab, even if you force closed it or it crashed.

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