Last month Microsoft issued its first major update for the Windows 10 operating system. The Windows 10 Anniversary edition, which is free to download for everyone already using Windows 10 on their PC, brought a host of most-welcome updates.
One noteworthy update was to the Microsoft Edge web browser, the replacement for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Edge may have been fast, reliable and beautifully designed, but it was missing one major feature that users of rival browsers Chrome and Firefox enjoy in abundance: browser extensions.
These handy little software installations make it easy to do anything from capture screenshots, add items to shopping lists, translate text, pin notes to your clipboard and so much more.
Read more in our article: What are browser extensions?
If you're already updated to the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10 you can start installing extensions today.
1: First launch Edge and click the "..." in the top right corner.
2: Scan down to Extensions and click it to open that menu. You'll see plenty options that can be installed in just a couple of clicks.
These five are a pretty good place to start. Best of all, they're free.
Save To Pocket
If you've spotted a long article online you want to save for your lunch break, or been sent a viral video that isn't appropriate for work or the kids, Pocket is a fantastic friend to have.
Rather than just emailing links to yourself, Pocket can be a one-touch repository for all the web content you want to look at but can't at that immediate moment. Better still, if you have the app installed on your phone and tablet, everything is synced and is even available for offline viewing. Here are some handy installation and usage tips.
The Microsoft Translator app for mobile devices is brilliant and the Edge extension carries on in that tradition. You'll be able to translate pages from more than 50 languages just by clicking the translation icon in the browser bar when visiting a foreign language page. Great if you're reading overseas news or shopping for a bargain.
Evernote Web Clipper
A popular add-on for the even more popular Evernote note-taking apps. This will allow you to clip any webpage and save it to your own personal web scrapbook. Anything you save is synced back to your Evernote account. You can clip as an entire page, or a section of an article, highlight key text and share whatever you keep with contacts.
If you’re a frequent Amazon customer, this extension is a must-have. If you're shopping online, you can access the Price Comparison tool when visiting other stores to see if you can get the same product cheaper on Amazon. It'll also provide you with shipping and delivery notifications about recent transactions, deliver a deal of the day and add let you add items to a wish list.
Probably the most satisfying extension so far, Microsoft's Mouse Gestures lets you accomplish basic tasks by right-clicking on the mouse button and then gesturing by moving the mouse in a combination of directions. For example, if you hold down the right-click button, then move the mouse down then up, you'll taken back to the top of the page. Brilliant!
If you aren't a fan of Edge, check out the video below to find out how to change your Windows 10 web browser.
Do you use Edge? Let us know your favourite extension in the Comments section below.