How to install and manage extensions on Microsoft Edge

After being rebuilt and released as a Chromium-based browser at the start of 2020, Microsoft Edge has quickly grown into one of the most popular browsers around.

Its fast speeds, customizable home page, built-in screenshot tool and stackable tabs are just some of the features that appeal to users, and it is also the default web browser in Windows 11. You can also enjoy a wealth of extensions such as Ghostery, the best ad blocker for Microsoft Edge that gives you more control over who accesses and uses your personal data.

Here we look at how Ghostery can be installed on Edge and what the options are when it comes to disabling and removing other types of extensions. 

How to install Microsoft Edge extensions

Follow the steps below to install Microsoft Edge add-ons:

1. If you want to use Microsoft Edge but don’t already have it installed, the first thing to do is to download the browser.

2. Once installed, open Microsoft Edge and select ‘Extensions’- you’ll find this to the right of the browser address bar.

Microsoft Edge open window with ‘Extensions’ selected

3. Select ‘Open Microsoft Edge Add-ons’.

Microsoft Edge Add-ons open

4. Use the search facility to the ‘Ghostery’ extension.

Microsoft Edge addons open with

5. Once you’ve found the extension, click “Get”.

Microsoft Edge addons open with

6. A prompt will appear showing permissions needed by the extension. Ensure you are happy with the permissions and then click ‘Add extension’ if you want to install it.

Microsoft Edge addons displays

7. Once installed, a final prompt will appear confirming that the extension has been installed in the browser.

How to turn off Microsoft Edge add-ons

If you want to turn off an extension in Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

1. Open Microsoft Edge

2. Choose ‘Extensions’ on the right side of the browser address bar.

open Extension overlay

3. Next, click on ‘Manage extensions’.

Microsoft Edge extensions screen

4. Use the toggle next to the extension to turn it off. You can also use this if you want to turn it back on at a later date.

Extensions screen with prompt for details or extension removal

However, the Ghostery team would recommend that if you are no longer using an extension in Microsoft Edge, you should remove it completely. This is because the extension could still be collecting your data in the background, even if it has been turned off.

One of the best workarounds for this is to install the Ghostery extension on Microsoft Edge. This will block data collection from third parties and ensure you have greater protection when extensions are active or inactive.  

How to remove an extension from Microsoft Edge

You may not want to keep the extension in the browser, which can be done quite easily:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.  Find the icon of the extension you want to remove. Select and hold (or, right-click) the icon to remove it from the browser.  Select ‘Remove from Microsoft Edge’ > Remove.

Alternatively, you can remove an extension from Microsoft Edge using this method:

  • Select ‘Extension’ which is to the right of your browser. Choose ‘More actions’ next to the extension you want to remove. Then click ‘Remove from Microsoft Edge’ > Remove.

You can use either method to remove the extension and it will no longer be active on your browser.

Enjoy the internet without disturbance 

Your time on the internet will now be much more private, with Ghostery working as a tracker blocker extension on top of the Microsoft Edge ad blocker. It’s completely free to download and keeps unwanted ads, spying trackers and pop-ups out of your way so you can enjoy the internet without third parties interfering with your time online.

Take control of your digital privacy today!

Compared to opting out or cookie blocking, downloading the Ghostery Privacy Suite is a more efficient way of enhancing your online privacy.

Get in touch with our team anytime if you have questions - we are always happy to help!