About Microsoft Edge's Found downloadable files on this webpage notification
Microsoft Edge users who run the latest version of the web browser on Android may have noticed a new notification that the browser displays when it detects downloadable files on webpages.
The notification, Found downloadable files on this webpage, informs the user when Edge discovered one or multiple files for download on the site.
The feature appears to be implemented in Edge Canary for Android only at this point in time. What makes this problematic is that Microsoft decided to enable it by default.
In other words: Edge checks any website that gets opened by its engine for downloadable files to inform the user about them.
While that may sound convenient to some users and Microsoft, others may be annoyed by it or may be persuaded by it to download files from Internet sites that they would not have downloaded otherwise.
Microsoft offers no explanation and there is no support link that provides context. A quick test on several sites with downloads revealed that support is limited at this point.
Edge did not show its downloadable files notification on traditional download sites such as Majorgeeks or Softonic. The notification did not show up on Microsoft's own website, e.g. on the Windows 11 download page, nor on third-party download pages.
In fact, it only triggered on sites that offered PDF files as download. There is a chance that other file types, such as Microsoft Office documents, may also trigger the "hey, this page has downloads" notification, but this has not been tested.
Microsoft Edge lists the available downloads and users may activate the download buttons next to files to start the downloads. Edge does not provide any context, which can be problematic if the file names do not offer context either.
Multiple files can be downloaded, but Edge displays a confirmation prompt before the actual download of the selected file begins.
Disable Microsoft Edge's downloadable files check
Microsoft Edge users may turn off the feature in the browser's Settings. Here is how that is done:
- Select the three-dots menu at the bottom to open the quick menu.
- Activate the Settings link at the top right.
- Select General to open these settings.
- Scroll down to the Downloads section.
- Toggle "Automatically detect downloadable files" to set it to Off and disable it.
Setting the preference to Off disables the feature. Edge won't scan webpages anymore for downloadable files as a consequence.
Microsoft Edge Canary is a development version of the Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft may change the feature or even remove it completely from the browser in the future. It may, however, also be released in its current form.
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