Microsoft Edge recently became a much superior browser. Thanks to the Anniversary Update, Edge now lets you install browser extensions.
For years, browser extensions have been the difference between Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Put simply, most of us rely on extensions for our day to day browsing. Without extensions, Microsoft’s browsers have had trouble competing.
Thankfully, Edge now has extensions. And it has a surprising number of good extensions. Microsoft has made it easy for extension developers to port their platform over to Edge without launching a major development project.
Step by Step Guide
Let’s find out how easy it is to install extensions on Edge:
Step 1) Open the Edge browser
Step 2) Click on the Menu icon, which is the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the screen
Step 3) Click on the Extensions option
Step 4) You’ll see all installed extensions. If you’re doing this for the first time, nothing will be in here. To install a new extension, you’ll want to click on the link Get Extensions from the Store.
Step 5) The surprisingly-stylish Windows store will pop up, revealing a bunch of extensions. Click on the extension you wish to install, then install it.
Step 6) After you’ve installed the extension, you’ll get a prompt asking whether you want to turn the extension on or keep it off.
If you don’t see the “Extensions” option in the Edge browser, then you might not have received the Anniversary Update yet. Install that update before proceeding with the steps listed above (you may need to open Windows Update).
Or Install Extensions Manually
You can also install Edge extensions manually – which is useful if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the online store.
Installing extensions manually is a lot harder and requires you to enable developer options from within the Edge browser. Our friends at MakeTechEasier.com did a fantastic writeup on how to do this step-by-step.
I’ve started using Edge for Netflix, seeing as it’s the only browser than can stream at 1080p. With extensions now available in Edge, I might switch more stuff over to Microsoft’s speedy browser. Still, Chrome is hard to get rid of – especially when you use an Android phone and like to have everything synced across platforms.