Bright white flash when opening Chromium Edge

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This usually if very bothersome at night when Dark Mode is on. Every time when I open Edge there is a bright white flash before the page appears. I have a Core i9 9900k, Asus Maximus XI Extreme Motherboard, Samsung 970 Pro PCIe NVMe SSD, 128GB RAM and a RTX 2080 TI video card. Nothing is overclocked. This is not just EDGE, its all Chromium based browsers. Any idea why this happens and is Microsoft working on this. The experience feels of low quality. 

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Hi there, welcome to the Microsoft Tech Community.

This happens because when you open the browser, the browser starts loading itself whatever it needs so a white screen appears before it starts loading a page, for you, it is a flash because your hardware specs are very good to run all those things fast in a fraction of a second.


Well it would be nice if they can find a way to have it flash black because when I get the new ASUS 32 inch Swift monitor (coming out later this year) it will be a flash of light that is almost as bight as the It could possibly put someone in to an epileptic seizure.

A splash screen just like the legacy Edge had, would be very helpful in this.

@Deleted @MissyQ can we please consider this? This is very needed feature :sad:

@jesseinsf This is something that I have personally brought up to the team, and we've been working on trying to get this improved. A big part of what is happening (we believe) is that it's only on the initial loading of the browser (or new window), or initial loading of a new tab, and doesn't really appear anywhere else. Is this in line with your experience?


If you haven't yet, please submit feedback immediately after experiencing the white flash via the chat icon in the top right of the browser, by holding Alt+Shift+I, or navigating through the . . . menu > Help & feedback > Send feedback. Include all diagnostics, and then let me know when you do. I want to have the team investigate your situation a bit more. Thanks so much for bringing this up!


(And thanks to @Rohit Yadav for the tag.)


Missy Quarry (she/her/hers)
Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

@MissyQ Thank you so much for such a detailed reply! We feel honoured to have Community managers like you & everyone else on the community. :smile:

Regarding the white flash, it is visible in a number of places:

  1. Launching Browser window 
  2. Launching an app
  3. Shifting a tab to a new window
  4. Returning back to a tab which has been put to sleep. It gives a white flash.

All of these scenarios must be addressed because when working in the night, those flashes are awful.

My suggestion was to replace these flashes with something more logical: Splash Screen. Splash Screen were present in the legacy Edge also, and all of the Microsoft's apps have them, so it seems logical to have them in the browser.

I have submitted feedback many times previously, and will submit it again! 

@MissyQ My apologies for this terrible late reply but, Yes, it is when opening Edge for the first time or when opening in a new window. Or when opening a new window.