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Microsoft Edge finally gains a key feature: browser extensions.

Microsoft Edge with extensions is rolling out as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Windows Insiders have been testing the feature Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions The one feature Microsoft Edge has been missing is extensions. Windows Insiders can now test the first official extensions and manually port extensions from Google Chrome. We show you everything you need to know. Read More for a few months. Sadly, the selection of extensions remains scarce, though more are expected soon.

We have put the handful of extensions listed on Microsoft’s official Edge extensions page (and in the Windows Store) to the test and show you which ones we consider most worthwhile.

How to Install Microsoft Edge Extensions

Microsoft Edge extensions can be installed 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, and — if you don’t already see the extension you’re looking for — click Show all towards the left-hand side of the list.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Windows Store

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.

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Store Action Center Notification

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.

Microsoft Edge Turn On Extension

Should you ever change your mind, head to More (three dots) in the top right, select Extensions, click to the extension in question, and turn it On or Off by toggling the respective switch.

Manage Edge Extensions

Here you can also toggle the address bar button or Uninstall the extension. You can of course uninstall extensions through the Windows Store too.

Extensions for Microsoft Edge

With so few extensions available (13 as of writing this article), we could actually test them all. Here we present the 10 that we think you will appreciate most. They are ranked according to their overall Windows Store rating. Note that the extension links below will open in the Store.

1. Mouse Gestures

Store rating: 4.7 (37 ratings of all versions)

Power mouse users will love this extension. With Mouse Gestures enabled, you can control Edge with simple mouse movements. A right-click on the page, followed by a gesture will toggle an activity like going back one page, opening a new tab, or scrolling to the bottom.

Edge Basic Mouse Gestures

The app supports the four basic gestures shown above (left, right, up, down) and 12 advanced gestures. You can go with the default settings or you can choose from one of 17 actions (including “no action”) from the drop-down menu next to it. To see a quick overview of your mouse gestures, make a random gesture, e.g. a circle, and a complete list will pop up in your browser window.

Edge Mouse Gestures Overview

Mouse Gestures is an extension developed by Microsoft and it works very well. The only thing we find strange is that Microsoft put so much emphasis on mouse gestures and — beyond basic gestures — nothing comparable is available for touch gestures 18 Essential Touch Gestures in Windows 10 18 Essential Touch Gestures in Windows 10 Touch gestures are like keyboard shortcuts for your touchpad and touchscreen. And with Windows 10, they have finally become useful! We'll show you how to access the full potential of touch gestures. Read More . Edge is a touch-first browser after all.

2. Reddit Enhancement Suite

Store rating: 4.4 (25 ratings of all versions)

You won’t see the Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES) listed in Edge because it only springs to life once you visit Reddit.

To enhance your Reddit browsing experience 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite The Reddit Enhancement Suite is available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Think you can live without it? Here are some of the most game-changing features that will convince you to install it pronto. Read More , RES will make all your threads bottomless, you can view images inline, toggle night mode for after dark reading, use keyboard shortcuts to browse Reddit, effortlessly switch accounts, and tag users you’d like to follow. When you first use RES, a quick tour will show you everything you need to know. To manually review RES tips & tricks, hover the mouse over the cogwheel in the top right and wait for the menu to show up.

Edge RES Menu

To change your settings, access individual RES modules, and generally learn more about the suite, head to the RES settings console.

RES Settings Console

This extensions doesn’t have any ratings yet and we didn’t identify any big issues either. We do recommend to back up your settings. If you’re switching to Edge from another browser and have previously used RES, you can also restore your settings.

3. Save to Pocket

Store rating: 4.1 (7 ratings of current version)

Save to Pocket lets you save articles and videos for later 9 Ways to Get More Out of Pocket 9 Ways to Get More Out of Pocket Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service out there. Let's find out how to boost your Pocket experience with the right web apps and extensions. Read More and the extension couldn’t be more basic. You click the Save to Pocket button and the website is added to your collection. You can add tags while you’re saving or you can change your mind and remove the page you just pocketed.

Edge Save to Pocket

Per default, Pocket uses the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + S, but you can record a new shortcut on the extension’s options page.

4. Microsoft Translator

Store rating: 3.9 (47 ratings of the current version)

This is one of the better-rated extensions, but its abilities are very limited. Microsoft Translator translates websites written in a foreign language. When you visit such a age, the Microsoft Translator icon will appear in the address bar. Click the icon to translate the entire page or go back to the original page. On the extension’s option page you can choose which language to translate to.

Edge Translator

Unfortunately, the extension does not let you translate individual words or sentences. It’s all or nothing. That’s if the translator recognizes the page needs translation, which sometimes it doesn’t.

5. Amazon Assistant

Store rating: 3.8 (5 ratings of all versions)

This extension exists to improve online shopping, by “giving you access to Deal of the Day, Product Comparison, Wish List and Shortcuts to your favorite Amazon destinations.” For us, the Amazon Assistant didn’t work until we restarted Edge. After a brief tour, we were off to becoming better shoppers.

Amazon Assistant Edge

If you’re an avid shopper, you may find this extension and its personal recommendations useful, especially if you love discovering good deals. If you need to watch your spendings, however, you’re probably better off without it.

6. Office Online

Store rating: 3.4 (21 ratings of all versions)

Office Online is Microsoft’s free online office suite 5 Good Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy Office 2016 5 Good Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy Office 2016 Should you buy the standalone package version of Office 2016? We present our case why we think you shouldn't and show you what you can do instead. Read More . This extension offers quick access to your recently used Office files, as well as files stored on OneDrive and your local computer. Shortcuts provide quick access to creating a new file.

Edge Office Online

Opening recently used files works well and could be useful if you frequently work with Office Online or OneNote. Opening files from OneDrive, however, isn’t easier or more convenient with this extension; you could just open OneDrive and it would probably be faster.

When you try to open a non-Office file from your computer, the extension will remind you that you need to “choose a file created with Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.” That’s fine for audio or video files, but when you just want to view a text document or a PDF, this seems rather limited. What’s worse, opening proper Office documents did nothing, at least until our patience ran out.

7. Evernote Web Clipper

Store rating: 3.2 (6 ratings of all versions)

Evernote is an alternative to bookmarks. This web clipper lets you save entire pages — or parts of them — to your favorite note-taking website.

The extension works well, but if you compare the video above to what’s available on Microsoft Edge, you’ll see that not all features made the transfer. For example, you can’t take a screenshot and annotate it, possibly because this would compete with a native Edge feature. Meanwhile, the LinkedIn tweak works fine.

8. LastPass

Store rating: 2.9 (19 ratings of current version) and 2.8 (127 rations of all versions)

In a time when you just have to be serious about secure passwords, you can’t live without a tool to remember all your login credentials How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More . LastPass is the first password manager available for Microsoft Edge, making it a true cross-platform app.

Last Pass on Edge

In our test, LastPass worked like a charm and if you’ve used it with another browser, the interface will be familiar. Selecting the icon from the address bar or the More menu will open the Last Pass menu, which in turn lets you search and open your vault, review your secure notes and form fills, or generate a secure password.

The app comes with one caveat: You can’t easily copy a password or username. Even when you’re inside your vault, you have to edit the respective entry, show the password, and then copy it.

9. OneNote Web Clipper

Store rating: 2.6 (40 ratings of all versions) and 1.8 (5 ratings of current version)

Even on Edge, the OneNote Web Clipper is far less advanced than its competitor, the Evernote Web Clipper. You can clip full pages or simplified article versions, choose a location, and add a note. The only added benefit compared to the Evernote Web Clipper is that you can highlight text and change the font size when you clip as article.

OneNote Web Clipper on Edge

Comments from some older ratings claim that the clipper isn’t working. This issue appears to have been fixed because the OneNote Web Clipper saved our clips just fine. Nevertheless, the most recent version of the extension has received poor ratings.

10. Pin It Button

Store rating: n/a

The Pin It Button for Microsoft Edge is a simple and straight forward Pinterest extension. Use it on any website and the extension will suggest potential pins. Choose one and you’ll be redirected to a pop-up window where you can edit the pin’s text and pick a board or create a new one. At the same time, you can also post the pin to Facebook and Twitter.

Edge Pin It Button

The extension did have one 5 star rating during the past 30 days, but that’s hardly enough to base a ranking on.

Other Extensions Are Available

A note about ad blocking extensions: Microsoft Edge has them. We appreciate that ads can negatively affect your browsing experience. We don’t like that either. However, it’s this small sacrifice that allows websites like ours to exist How to Clean up the Web Without Destroying Your Favourite Sites How to Clean up the Web Without Destroying Your Favourite Sites Maybe it's time to change the conversation: if ads are a necessary evil, why don't we find other ways around the worst of them that aren't so divisive and damaging? Read More . If you do use ad blocking and appreciate our content, we urge you to white-list MakeUseOf.com. Thank you!

Surfing the Edge

Whether you’ve considered switching to Microsoft Edge from Firefox The Firefox-Lover's Guide to the Microsoft Edge Browser The Firefox-Lover's Guide to the Microsoft Edge Browser Putting prejudice aside, is Edge any good? I decided to pit it against my personal favorite web browser, Firefox, to see how it compares. Here's what I found. Read More or are a die-hard Chrome user A Microsoft Edge Review From A Die-Hard Chrome User A Microsoft Edge Review From A Die-Hard Chrome User Make no mistake, I am a die-hard Chrome user. But my curiosity got the better of me, so I took the plunge and tried Microsoft Edge. Read More , it might have been the lack of browser extensions 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet Is Microsoft Edge worth using while Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are still around? Is Edge good enough to be your primary browser? Read More that was holding you back. With that limitation out of the way and several great extensions available, the browser choice becomes much harder. And if you’re still missing a key feature, maybe there’s a bookmarklet for it 17 Essential Bookmarklets for Microsoft Edge and IE11 17 Essential Bookmarklets for Microsoft Edge and IE11 One of the biggest issues for the Microsoft Edge and IE11 browsers is a lack of extensions. However, if you're sick of waiting, consider using these 17 bookmarklets in Edge or Internet Explorer 11. Read More .

In our browser comparison, Edge was on par with Chrome Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More . Most importantly, its performance was way ahead of the other browsers in our test. According to Microsoft, Edge will even save your battery life.

Over to you! Are these extensions enough to make you try Microsoft Edge? If you have already tried it, what did you like best and least about it? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. merfy
    August 9, 2016 at 2:48 am

    ABP is the best extension available. This list is clearly biased.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

      We excluded ad blockers from the list for reasons given above.

  2. macca
    August 4, 2016 at 7:26 am

    10 best extensions, There is only 12 to begin with!

    • Tina Sieber
      August 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Yes, and those are the best 10. :) It's basically a roundup of Edge extensions.

  3. Read and Share
    August 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Not so fast, please. How about an article telling us why Edge is better than (for example) Chrome? What can Edge do that other browsers can't?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 4, 2016 at 7:07 am

      We've written those kinds of articles before. Check the links I've added to the conclusion above.

      • Read and Share
        August 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        My mistake for overlooking your links. Thank you, Tina.

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