Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.
The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.
You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.
Extensions are small applications that enhance the browser’s functionality. Once you install an extension, you can notice the extension icon appearing on the toolbar. If you have several extensions installed on your browser, these extension icons take up considerable space on your toolbar. Microsoft has received significant feedback from the users asking for the ability to manage these extensions and reclaim space on the toolbar.
To address this feedback, Microsoft is rolling out a new Extensions menu on the toolbar. This extension menu allows you to hide one or more of your extensions from the toolbar. Furthermore, you can directly visit the Edge add-ons site to install more extensions or the extensions management page using the two links provided in the menu.
The extensions button will be shown to you on the toolbar by default if you have one or more extensions installed on the browser.
See also: Introducing the new Extensions menu on the toolbar | Microsoft Edge Insider Articles
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Extensions button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.
The new Extensions menu on the toolbar has been rolled out to the Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary channels as part of the Controlled Feature Roll-outs, so not everyone will have this feature yet.
EXAMPLE: Extensions menu and button on toolbar in Microsoft Edge
Remove Extensions Button from Extensions Button
Open Microsoft Edge.
Right click or press and hold on the Extensions button in the toolbar, and click/tap on Hide from toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Add or Remove Extensions Button in Microsoft Edge Settings
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Appearance on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Show extensions button on the right side for what you want.
If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.
You can now close the Settings tab if you like.
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