Top 10 must-have free add-ons for Microsoft Edge
Most people like to personalize their devices and tools and that applies to web browsers too. Although Microsoft Edge does not offer the same variety of extensions that other popular browsers such as Chrome or Firefox do, the Microsoft Store has Edge Extensions available for you to download and install. And some of them are really good! If you like Microsoft Edge and you want to expand its features, here is our list of top 10 must have free add-ons for this web browser:
NOTE: Microsoft Edge extensions work only on PCs with Windows 10. They do not work on smartphones with Android or Windows 10 Mobile.
LastPass is one of the best password managers, and everyone should use it. If you like Microsoft Edge and you do not use the same password for all your various online accounts, LastPass is a must-have extension. It can store all your passwords in a secure vault, it auto fills passwords as you browse the web, and it helps you keep your personal information away from prying eyes.
2. Adblock or Adblock Plus
Both AdBlock and Adblock Plus are extensions that are designed to block aggressive ads and they do it well. If you would rather surf the web and visit websites without being hindered by countless ads everywhere, then install one of these extensions in your Microsoft Edge browser. You will love it, there is no doubt about it. But, do not forget that some of the websites that you love are supported by ads and they do not annoy you like other websites do. Therefore, do not forget to whitelist our website - Digital Citizen. We will highly appreciate it. :)
3. Mouse Gestures
If you like using your mouse more than you like using your keyboard, there is an extension for Microsoft Edge that lets you control the web browser with Mouse Gestures. After installing this extension, you will be able to do things like right-click and hold inside Microsoft Edge and then move the mouse to the left, to go back to the previous webpage, or move the mouse to the right and then to the top, in order to open a new tab. The list of gestures you can perform with your mouse is long, as you can see in the image below.
Download: Mouse Gestures
4. Save to Pocket
Pocket is probably the most popular online service for saving things for later. It allows you to save everything from articles to videos, photos and almost anything else that has a web address. Later on, when you have time, you can resume reading or watching the things you have placed in your Pocket, on any device you own. You can save stuff from the web, quickly and easily, also in Microsoft Edge. Install the Save to Pocket extension from the Microsoft Store, log in and then click or tap the Pocket button to save the web page you are on.
Download: Save to Pocket
5. Microsoft Translator
Many people can speak at least one foreign language, but nobody can understand over 50 languages. Microsoft Translator can and you can use its knowledge to translate any webpage you visit in Microsoft Edge. Each time you are on a webpage in a foreign language, the Microsoft Translate extension displays an icon in the address bar. Click on it and Microsoft Edge instantly translates that webpage to your current Windows 10 language.
Download: Microsoft Translator
6. Grammarly for Microsoft Edge
Grammarly is a popular tool used by many writers and editors, but also by regular users, to enhance their writing style and improve their English grammar. The developers have created an Edge extension for it too, and now you can download it from the Microsoft Store. Grammarly for Microsoft Edge can help you write better messages, documents and social media posts. It supports Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr and almost any other place on the web where you can write.
Download: Grammarly for Microsoft Edge
7. Enhancer for YouTube for Microsoft Edge
Enhancer for YouTube is an extension for Microsoft Edge that anyone who uses YouTube should have. It makes your viewing experience a lot better than what YouTube offers by default. Among the things we like most about this extension is that it removes ads and annotations from videos, it lets you set custom themes for how YouTube looks, and it can make all videos play automatically in 4K, HD or any other resolution you prefer.
Download: Enhancer for YouTube for Microsoft Edge
8. Mailtrack for Gmail & Inbox: Email tracking
MailTrack is a web service that allows you to know whether your email messages have arrived to their recipients and whether they have read them. So if you want to know when your friends or colleagues have read your emails, you should definitely use this tool. Once you do it, they will never be able to tell you that they did not read your messages, because you will know they have! :)
9. Turn Off the Lights for Microsoft Edge
If you are watching videos often on your Windows 10 device, you might like the Turn Off the Lights extension for Microsoft Edge. This extension helps you focus on the video you are watching, by fading the rest of the screen into dark. It takes just one click or tap for that. The extension supports all the popular videos sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Hulu and Metacafe.
Download: Turn Off the Lights for Microsoft Edge
10. Office Online
There is a big chance that you are using Office files like Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. But, you might not have the Office apps installed on all your Windows 10 computers and devices. To be able to work with such files on any Windows 10 PC, all you have to do is install the Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge. It lets you view, edit, or even create Office files, directly from the browser.
Download: Office Online
The number of add-ons available for Microsoft Edge is not huge right now, but it keeps on growing. That also means that the number of useful and good quality extensions is on the rise. Our list has all the ones that we like and keep on using. What other extensions would you like to see being developed for Microsoft Edge? Are there any other extensions already available that you would like us to add to this list?