We love what is good and that’s why Microsoft Edge keeps popping up here. Today we are going to talk about what can add new features to a web browser. It’s called Extensions and Microsoft Edge supports recently started supporting extensions.
If you have read our previous articles on collections of stuff, you will notice that we always select the best and most useful among a lot of others. So, we are going to show you hand-picked awesome Microsoft extensions you should install on your browser.
Just to make sure you understand what you are about to enjoy, let’s define some core terms.
What’s a Browser Extension
Wikipedia explains it as thus, a browser extension is a plug-in that extends the functionality of a web browser. Browser extensions can change the user interface of the web browser without directly affecting the viewable content of a web page; for example, by adding a browser toolbar.
That’s straight to the point right? I guess it’s a yes, so let’s ride on.
Since extensions add new features to your browser, you have a lot to choose from but that’s where you should be careful.
Like on smartphones, using or running too many apps can certainly slow down your device. Unless your device packs a large RAM and a powerful processor, too many stuff aren’t cool.
This is why I love picking out just the coolest from a million choices.
You shouldn’t try to overload your browser with extensions. Like apps on a smartphone, each extension is another piece of code running on your computer. Installing just what you would need and utilize makes it fun.
There’s no need packing extensions that will negatively impact your user experience or overall browser speed.
Oh, let’s get back to business.
Microsoft Edge has a good number of extensions for most of what you will need. It’s literally stressful to manually test all the extensions on the store.
All you need is to sit back, relax and take a glass of water while I uncover the best extensions for Microsoft Edge that will certainly make your life easier.
Also note that these extensions aren’t categorized, so pick all or what you need.
Super Cool Microsoft Edge Extensions To Make Your Life Easier
Below is a list of the must-have Microsoft Extensions. The number of extensions isn’t as many as that of Firefox or Google Chrome, but there are good ones you should have.
LastPass is already a popular password keeper/manager. Microsoft Edge extensions like LastPass are security centered.
LastPass has an extension to extend its amazing capabilities to store all your logins to the Edge browser.
LastPass users can get their passwords sync across multiple devices and platforms including Microsoft Edge. Once added, you can have access to your saved passwords.Install LastPass
GetThemAll, sounds like a command right? With GetThemAll extension on Microsoft(also available on other browsers), the extension will get all the files on a web page that are downloadable and help you save them for offline storage and use.Install GetThemAll
If you like blocking ads, then you should install this Microsoft extension. So what does Ghosttery do?
Like its name implies, it’s an extension that helps protect your data as you move around the web by disabling tracking.
It stops site plugins that gather information about you via site analytics, advertising trackers, and other web means. If you love some more privacy, add Ghostery to Microsoft Edge. While blocking trackers, it helps web pages load faster, increasing the speed and good UI simultaneously.Install Ghostery
Turn Off The Lights
Turn Off The Lights is an extension that helps you focus on the video content on your browser. How does it work?
When installed, Turn Off The Lights will dim the whitespace around your screen when watching a video on YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo and other HTML5-friendly videos. If you really want to enjoy your video without all the distractions on the screen, add the extension to your browser.Install Turn Off The Lights
PrintFriendly and PDF
With a nice name, it does a cool job as well. PrintFriendly and PDF help you print out a web page in a friendly format. How?
It automatically removes unnecessary kinds of stuff like the ads and navigation leaving just a PrintFriendly version.Install PrintFriendly and PDF
AdBlock Plus is a big name when it comes to blocking Ads online. Adblock Plus (ABP) on Microsoft Edge helps you achieve the same thing, keeping your browser free from Ads completely.Install AdBlock Plus
Translator for Microsoft Edge
An extension like this is a must-have. With a good number of sites written in languages other than English or your native language, a translator becomes indispensable.
Google Chrome has it inbuilt, but with the Translator for Microsoft Edge, you can get it done. Microsoft Translator auto-translates over 50 languages. There’s an icon to click when you are on a site in a different language and it’ll instantly change it to your preferred tongue or you can just select the text you want to translate.Install Translator For Microsoft Edge
OneNote Web Clipper
OneNote Web Clipper lets you quickly clip all or part of a web page to OneNote, and save it for later. Clip images, pdf, videos, or a visual bookmark of a page.
Best of all, you can access them from any computer, tablet, or phone – even when you’re offline.Install OneNote Web Clipper
Evernote Web Clipper
Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. Clip the web pages you want to keep. Save them in Evernote. Easily find them on any device.Install Evernote Web Clipper
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How to Install Microsoft Edge Extensions
Microsoft Edge extensions can be installed easily through the Windows Store. To see the full list of available extensions,
Open the Windows Store, select Apps from the menu, scroll down to Extensions for Microsoft Edge. To see more, click Show all towards the left-hand side of the list.
- Now click the extension you would like to install and click the Free button; at this point, all Edge extensions are free. The Store will automatically download and install the respective extension. When the installation has completed, you’ll see a Store notification in your Action Center.
- Once you log into Microsoft Edge, the browser will notify you that you have a new extension and ask you to Turn it on or Keep it off.
If you would like to revert the changes,
- Click on the More (three dots) in the top right
- Select Extensions
- Click on the extension and turn it On or Off by toggling the switch.
Here you can also uninstall the extension or uninstall it via the Windows Store.