How to enable quiet notification requests in the new Microsoft Edge browser

All browsers support notifications and sites make more use of the function. What started as a way for sites to inform users about news, changes or interesting topics turned into a highly abused feature for spam users with notification requests and to use notifications for ads or even malicious purposes.

Some web browsers support options to disable notifications altogether; Firefox users can completely disable notification requests in the browser settings and the same goes for browsers such as Brave, Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge (on Chromium) users can disable notification requests under edge: // settings / content / notifications in the browser already. Microsoft plans to introduce a new option to tame notification requests without completely disabling the feature.

Silent notification requests are currently available in preview versions of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. You configure the option on the notification settings page (the same page you use to completely disable notifications). Just uncheck the option ‘Silent notification requests’ to enable or disable the function.

Notification prompts are suppressed by the web browser when you enable the feature. Edge briefly displays a message with blocked notifications in the address bar before changing to an icon that users can interact with.

A click on the icon displays options to allow notifications for that specific site and to manage notifications in the browser. Manage opens the notification settings in Edge; In addition to enabling or disabling all notifications blocking or silent notifications feature, it is also the place to add sites to whitelist or blacklist. Whitelist makes sense if you want notifications from a particular site, only blacklist if you allow all notifications but want to disable them for a particular site.

Edge users who want more control can configure the browser to dismiss all notifications and enable them for specific sites only when necessary.