Set the background tab inactivity timeout for Sleeping Tabs

This policy setting lets you configure the timeout, in seconds, after which inactive background tabs will be automatically put to sleep if Sleeping Tabs is enabled. By default, this timeout is 7,200 seconds (2 hours).

Tabs are only put to sleep automatically when the policy 'SleepingTabsEnabled' (Configure Sleeping Tabs) is enabled or is not configured and the user has enabled the Sleeping Tabs setting.

If you don't configure this policy, users can choose the timeout value.

Policy options mapping:

* 5Minutes (300) = 5 minutes of inactivity

* 15Minutes (900) = 15 minutes of inactivity

* 30Minutes (1800) = 30 minutes of inactivity

* 1Hour (3600) = 1 hour of inactivity

* 2Hours (7200) = 2 hours of inactivity

* 3Hours (10800) = 3 hours of inactivity

* 6Hours (21600) = 6 hours of inactivity

* 12Hours (43200) = 12 hours of inactivity

Use the preceding information when configuring this policy.

Supported on: Microsoft Edge version 88, Windows 7 or later

Set the background tab inactivity timeout for Sleeping Tabs


  1. 5 minutes of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value300
  2. 15 minutes of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value900
  3. 30 minutes of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1800
  4. 1 hour of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value3600
  5. 2 hours of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value7200
  6. 3 hours of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value10800
  7. 6 hours of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value21600
  8. 12 hours of inactivity
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
    Value NameSleepingTabsTimeout
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value43200


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