There aren’t many, but Microsoft Edge does feature a selection of third-party extensions to add some functionality to the new web browser.
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The budding marketplace doesn’t have nearly as many choices as Google or Firefox’s host of add-ons, but the few it does have will make your browsing experience more intuitive and user-friendly if you’re giving the new browser a try.
Save to Pocket
Browsing the web means finding stories you don’t have time to read right away. Sending those longer reads to your article-saving service of choice is always a great idea, and Save to Pocket makes it easy to do with one click. Edge has its own built-in read later service, but if you’re already invested in one you might find the transition a little difficult.
Turn Off The Lights
If you don’t want the whitespace around your screen when watching a video on YouTube, Turn Off The Lights is an extension that will dim your entire web browser window, letting you focus on the video in front of you. It works on Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and other HTML5-friendly videos, so it’s poised to be your favourite extension if you’re a fan of browser-based video streaming.
LastPass users can try the password manager’s Edge extension if they’re looking to switch browsers and keep all their login data up to speed. Originally, LastPass charged users to sync passwords across multiple devices, but now that cross-platform syncing is free, it’s a great time to dip your toe in the password manager waters.
Reddit Enhancement Suite
If you’re a regular Redditor, you’ll need the Reddit Enhancement Suite to feel at home in Microsoft Edge. The extension is widely regarded as the go-to tool for fans of the online community, with enhancements such as automatic image expansion, keyboard shortcuts and endless scrolling, my favourite trick of all.
Surprise, I still use Pinterest! Whether brainstorming what new desk I should buy or compiling a board of gorgeous Gundam model kits, I use the Pinterest Save extension to add whatever image or article I like to whatever board I have.