- Microsoft Edge is a solid web browser, but it’s not as popular as other major web browsers because it’s missing certain features.
- Just like with other browsers, you can enhance Microsoft Edge by using different extensions.
- In this article, you will find the best extensions that you can use in Microsoft Edge.
- Want to learn more about Microsoft Edge? Be sure to check our Edge hub for more useful guides.
Many web browsers support extensions that allow you to enhance them with new features.
All major web browsers support extensions, but that wasn’t the case with Microsoft Edge.
By now, you might have heard that Microsoft Edge is built on top of Chromium. Just like Chrome. There are other similar browsers as well such as Opera.
What’s the difference between them? The extra features and functionalities. And also the user interface can be different.
The Opera browser has a neat, multifunctional sidebar on the left of the screen. There you can find integrations with all your favorite networks: Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Instagram
You can also install extensions from the Chrome store since they are also compatible, and you can find over 1000 extensions in the Opera add-ons catalog.
OperaThousands of extensions, themes, and keyboard shortcuts are available for the ultimate customization with Opera.
What are the best Edge extensions that you should install?
This extension allows you to perform certain actions simply by holding the right mouse button and performing the correct gesture.
For example, simply by holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse to the right, you can go to the next page.
If you want to go back, press and hold the right mouse button and move your mouse to the left.
There are 16 default gestures available, and by performing them you can navigate through different tabs, or close specific tabs. If you don’t use certain actions, you can easily replace them with the ones you use.
When you perform a gesture you’ll see a blue trail, and if you make the correct gesture you’ll get a small window showing you what it does.
If you perform a non-existing gesture by mistake, another window with all available gestures will appear. This allows you to see all available gestures and quickly find the one you need.
Mouse Gestures is a great extension, especially if you like performing gestures while using your PC. The extension is available for download from Windows Store.
If you use Pinterest you might be interested in Pinterest Save Button extension. This is a simple extension that allows you to pin your favorite websites right from Microsoft Edge.
To pin a certain website, simply click the Pinterest Save Button and you’ll be able to choose the image that you want to use for your Pin.
After doing that, a new window will appear that lets you choose your board and your Pin’s name.
As you can see, this is a simple extension that will make using Pinterest on Microsoft Edge faster and simpler than before.
If you’re familiar with OneNote, then you might be interested in OneNote Web Clipper extension. This extension allows you to easily save websites you visit to OneNote.
To do that, simply click Clip to OneNote button and choose how you want to clip the web page.
You can save full page as an image, or you can save the page as an article. If you choose the article option all images will be removed and you’ll be able to read the article later without any distractions.
There’s also a bookmark option that will save an excerpt and a thumbnail from an article, so you can easily read it later. All three options also allow you to add notes to saved pages.
We also have to mention that you can highlight certain sections of the page and save them to OneNote.
This extension also allows you to change font and font size if you decide to save a page as an article. You can also highlight important parts right from OneNote Web Clipper.
OneNote Web Clipper is an amazing extension, especially if you use OneNote frequently. If you’re a OneNote user, be sure to download this extension from Windows Store.
This is another simple extension that will improve your Reddit experience. Bear in mind that this extension only works on Reddit, so it won’t work on other websites.
If you don’t use Reddit, you should probably skip this extension completely.
This extension will make all threads endless, so you’ll be able to scroll through them with ease.
In addition, the extension will also add support for night mode which can be useful during the night. Reddit Enhancement Suite also brings keyboard shortcuts for browsing, simpler ways to switch accounts, and the ability to tag users.
These are some of the basic features, and this extension has a lot more to offer. If you use Reddit frequently, be sure to download this extension from Windows Store.
FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge
- Is Edge better than Chrome?
It all comes down to your personal preference, but currently, Chrome offers better support for extensions than Edge, so it’s better in that regard.
- Can you use Chrome extensions on Edge?
If you have the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge, you can easily install Chrome extensions to it.
- Where Are Edge extensions stored?
Edge extensions are stored in C:\Users\your_username\AppData\Local\Packages directory, but the source code can be found in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps.
- How do I get the latest version of Edge?
To ensure that you have the latest version of Edge installed, keep Windows 10 up to date. You can check for updates from the Settings app > Update & Security section.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.