In a bid to make Microsoft Edge your default browser and Bing
default search engine, it looks like Microsoft made things
worse. A bug in
Microsoft Edge 91 is displaying alerts for “use recommended
browser settings” when users launch the updated Chromium
browser on Windows 10.
The “use recommended browser settings” pop-up alert is
Microsoft’s attempt to promote its browser, with the latest
piece of ‘recommendation’ to use Microsoft Edge with Bing being
delivered when users launch the browser after updating to
In what is apparently being delivered to almost everyone, a
small pop-up panel titled “assistance from Microsoft” is
appearing on the new tab page, highlighting that you should use
Microsoft Edge with Bing as the default search engine to get
“world-class performance, privacy, and productivity”.
As you can see in the above screenshot, there are two options:
Use Microsoft recommended browser settings
(Microsoft Edge with Bing) and Don’t update your
If you do click on the first option, your taskbar or screen
will flash and the default browser will switch to Microsoft
Edge (with Bing).
While this is annoying, it is still all well and good if the
alert appears only one time. In some cases, users have found a
rather annoying bug where even if they dismiss the
recommendation, the browser won’t actually respect the decision
and will continue to show the alerts when you relaunch Edge.
It appears that Edge 91 quietly enabled a feature that will
allow Edge to show active messages recommending specific
features and workflows based on your activities.
How to disable the “use recommended browser settings” alert in
If you’re still getting the alert in Microsoft Edge, there’s an
experimental flag that you can disable to stop the nagging.
- Open Microsoft Edge > edge://flags.
- Search for
- Set the flag to “disabled”.
- Relaunch Microsoft Edge
As ever, Microsoft should be careful about these alerts,
especially when Chromium-based Edge is actually growing.
It’s possible that Microsoft is aware of the reports and is
looking into ways to stop the nagging without causing
additional problems for users.