Microsoft basically follows Google’s footpath to make changes to their products like Bing Ads and Microsoft Bing search engine. In continuation to that, now they have replaced the Edge browser with Chromium based version. Though Chromium is an open source platform, it is maintained by Google and used on their iconic Google Chrome browser. With Edge Chromium version, you can do almost all the things what you can do with Google Chrome. In this article, we will explain how to install Chrome extensions in Edge Chromium browser.
Remember, old Microsoft Edge version does not have this option. You should use Edge Chromium version in Windows or Mac.
Installing Microsoft Edge Add-ons
When using Edge, you can install additional extensions from Microsoft Edge add-ons store. This is still under beta stage with large collections of add-ons. Click on the three dots settings icon on top right corner of the Edge browser and select “Extensions” from the dropdown menu.
Alternately, you can go to the page edge://extensions/ to view already installed extensions on your browser. From here, you can click on “Get Extensions for Microsoft Edge” button to go to Edge Add-ons store.
Find your favorite add-on using the search box and click on the “Get” button against the extensions.
This will install the extension on Edge browser. Similar to Google Chrome, you can view the extension icon right next to the address bar.
Install Chrome Extensions in Edge
In addition to installing official extensions, Microsoft also allows installing third-party extensions. Using this feature, you can install extensions from Chrome Web Store in Edge browser. This is a cool feature especially if you are familiar with Chrome extensions and want to switch to Edge.
Go to Edge’s extensions settings page using the URL edge://extensions/ in the address bar. Look at the left bottom of the settings and enable “Allow extensions from other stores” option.
Alternatively, you can simply click on the Chrome Web Store link on the right side without enabling “Allow extensions from other stores” option. You will see the Chrome Web Store page with a top notification bar. Click on the “Allow extensions from other stores” button.
This will show a pop-up asking you to confirm third-party extensions. Click on “Allow” button to continue.
Search your favorite Chrome extension and click on the “Add to Chrome” button showing against it. Remember, it is Chrome Web Store and all extensions will show Add to Chrome and not Add to Edge button.
Confirm the pop-up by clicking on “Add Extension” button.
This will download the extension file and automatically install on Edge similar to installing extensions in Chrome. You can find the extension icon right next to the address bar.
Removing Chrome Extensions from Edge
After installing the extensions from Chrome store, you can uninstall and remove them any time from Edge. There are multiple ways to delete extensions from Edge.
First option is by going to the extensions page on Edge browser to view all installed extensions. Here you can either turn the extension off or completely delete by clicking on the “Remove” link.
Second way is to right click on the extension icon showing next to address bar. Select “Remove from Microsoft Edge” to delete it from Edge.
The last option is by going to Chrome Web Store in Edge browser. For the installed extensions, you will see “Remove from Chrome” button. Click on the button and remove the extension from Edge.
Click on “Remove” button to confirm the permanent deletion of extension from Edge.
What Happens If You Disable Third-Party Extensions?
Extensions are one of the known problems causing browser issues like crashing and slowing down. The first step in troubleshooting the issue is to disable all extensions on the browser. If you have multiple Chrome extensions installed on Edge, disabling one-by-one may take lots of time. Go to extensions page and disable the option “Allow extensions from other stores”. It will show a pop-up and click on “OK” to confirm disabling all Chrome extensions installed in your Edge browser.
At any time, you can again enable that option back to start using the installed extensions.
Though it looks stealing Chrome Web Store extensions in Edge browser, it gives plenty of scope for both users and extension developers. Users can get uniform experience when using Chrome and Edge. Developers get opportunity to attract more customers from both Edge and Chrome users. Remember, you need to use Edge Chromium version to install Chrome extensions in Edge.
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