Microsoft officially released Windows 10 a year ago and, at that time, they promised that their Microsoft Edge web browser would soon support add-ons or extensions. Although it took them a lot more time than we had been expecting, now Microsoft Edge finally gets the extension support that was promised. In this article, we will show you how to find, download, install and configure web browser extensions for Microsoft Edge. If we’ve managed to make you curious, read on:
NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.
How to find the extension that you want to add to Microsoft Edge
First of all, open Microsoft Edge . By default, Windows 10 adds a shortcut for Edge both to your taskbar and your Start Menu.
In Microsoft Edge, click or tap the More button from the top right corner. It’s depicted by an icon with three dots.
Microsoft Edge will display its main menu. There, click or tap on Extensions.
Microsoft Edge opens its Extensions menu. If you’ve never installed an Edge extension before, the menu should be empty, containing only one link: “Get extensions from the Store”. Click or tap on it.
Microsoft Edge will open a new tab, in which it will load a web page with a list of browser extensions available for it. You can find this web page here: Download extensions.
Scroll down and choose the extension that you want to download and install for Microsoft Edge. Note that, at least for now, the list is rather limited and there are only a few extensions available.
Let’s say that you decided to add Adblock to your Microsoft Edge web browser. To do that, scroll until you find Adblock , and then click or tap on the Open in Store button.
H ow to install a browser extension in Microsoft Edge
The previous action will have opened the web browser extension’s page from the Windows Store.
Click or tap the Install button.
It will take a couple of moments for the web browser extension to be downloaded and installed in Microsoft Edge.
When done, you click or tap Launch , or switch to Microsoft Edge to continue the process.
How to enable an extension in Microsoft Edge
When you return to Microsoft Edge, you will be greeted by a dialog that tells what the new extension is allowed to do, as well as ask you whether you want to “Turn it on” or “Keep it off”. If you still want to add it to Microsoft Edge, click or tap “Turn it on”.
Depending on the extension that you chose to install, Microsoft Edge may or may not show an additional installation tab or progress bar. This is what you’ll see for Adblock , for instance:
How to configure a browser extension in Microsoft Edge
Once you’ve installed and enabled a web browser extension in Microsoft Edge, you will probably also want to configure it in more detail. To do that, you will have to get to its settings, which are available via the same Extensions option from the More menu in Microsoft Edge .
Click or tap on More , then click or tap on Extensions and then, finally, click or tap on the extension that you want to configure. Note that, if you hover your cursor over an extension in this list, Edge will display a settings icon on its right. However, to access an extension’s settings, you can click or tap anywhere on it in this list.
Microsoft Edge will now give you access to the settings available for that web browser extension. These settings and options differ from extension to extension, so we can’t go into detail about them.
How to uninstall an extension from Microsoft Edge
At some point, you might decide that you no longer want to keep an extension that you installed in Microsoft Edge. When that happens, open the settings of that extension’s and click or tap on the Uninstall button. That will remove the extension immediately from your Microsoft Edge.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it!
It took Microsoft a whole year since launching Windows 10, but Edge is finally offering support for web browser extensions. Although there are only a few of them available right now, they all seem to work well and it shouldn’t take long until developers create others. Try them out and let us know what you think. Do the new web browser extensions offer what you need in order to make the switch to Microsoft Edge?