Microsoft Edge Extensions

by Barry Dysert
(last updated November 14, 2016)

Microsoft Edge does support extensions. The biggest thing to be aware of is that while many of them are free, some are not. I'll walk you through adding a free extension so you know how to do it.

Start by clicking the More ellipsis at the upper-right of the Edge window. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The More ellipsis.

Edge displays a drop-down menu. Near the bottom you'll find the Extensions option. Click the option and Edge pops up a new window containing the hyperlink "Get extensions from the Store". Click the hyperlink and a new window is displayed where you can browse the available extensions. Unfortunately, the default window that is displayed only shows a subset of all the available extensions. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Some Edge extensions.

To get a more complete picture of the available extensions, click the Home menu item at the top of the window. You can then browse through the many extensions in a number of ways. When you find one you want to try, click it. When you do you'll be presented with another page that describes the extension, displays screen shots, lists system requirements, reviews, etc. Here is part of the page that is displayed for the AdBlock extension. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. The AdBlock extension page.

One way to browse for extensions is to click the Home menu item on the Store page. If you know the name of an extension, you can also use the Search box to search for it. Let's search for a Calendar extension and install it.

When you're at the Store, click the Search box and type (without quotes) "Calendar" and press Enter. Up comes a screen that lists a variety of different calendar-related applications. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4. Searching for a Calendar app.

Let's install "One Calendar" (the second large icon from the left in the top row). Click its icon. Up comes its detail page: (See Figure 5.)

Figure 5. One Calendar's detail page.

In the upper-left is a blue button labeled "Free" (circled in red in the figure). Click the Free button. The system will then go through the (quick) process of downloading and installing the extension, and when that's finished the "Free" button will change to say "Launch". Click the Launch button, and you will be led through a wizard to set up the calendar. When finished, close the Store window.

Some extensions can be launched directly from Edge, but others must be launched from the Store. One Calendar is of the latter variety, so to see your calendar you first click Edge's More ellipsis, click Extensions, click Get extensions from the Store, search for One Calendar, and finally click its Launch button. This is admittedly an ordeal, and I hope I've overlooked a shortcut, but at least that's one way to launch your extension. In the future, it is hoped that Microsoft provides a more direct way to launch the extensions.

 This tip (13494) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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