How-To Fix Microsoft Edge Is Being Used For Sharing Message

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A message, “Microsoft Edge is being used for sharing. If you close Microsoft Edge, some items might not be shared.” might show up when you try to close Microsoft Edge and no matter how many times you click Close anyway, the browser window will not close. There is no complete fix for this message and no one is really sure what is causing it but there is a quick way to close the browser and then have all your current tabs reopen.

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The Problem

While using Microsoft Edge an issue occurs that moves the New tab + button to the far right of the browser and prevents you from closing the browser with a message “Microsoft Edge is being used for sharing. If you close Microsoft Edge, some items might not be shared.” It will look similar to the below image:

This is a problem that has existed for quite some time, as this Tweet from 2016 shows:

The Solution

Currently this appears to be a bug within either Microsoft Edge or Windows 10 and can not be fixed with out an update from Microsoft. Until a fix is provided, the easiest way to fix this issue is to simply kill the Microsoft Edge program via Task Manager. In the search field next to your Windows button type Task Manger and open it. Once open, simply find Microsoft Edge, right click and select End Task. Microsoft Edge will close and when you open it again it should open with your previous tabs again.

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Do you think this might be a security issue?

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Just an extremely annoying issue :-). It started for me when I tried moving my tabs around. Now I can’t even do that. :-(. Maybe it is time to leave edge and try it again in a year or so see if they fixed their bugs.