How to add extensions to your browser


Updated: 12/20/2017 by Computer Hope

All Internet browsers allow for the use of extensions, which are small programs that extend the functionality of a browser. Good examples are AdBlock Plus, Web of Trust, and Tiny URL. This document contains information on how to download and install extensions for each of the major Internet browsers. To proceed, select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Select More Edge more icon from the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Extensions.
  4. From the list that appears, select Get extensions from the Store.

The extensions menu in Microsoft Edge.

  1. In the window that appears, you can search for your desired extension in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or choose from the suggested ones at the bottom.
  2. Once you’ve made your selection, click the Get button.

The button to add an extension to the Microsoft Edge browser.

  1. When the extension finishes downloading, click the Launch button.

The button to launch a downloaded extension in Edge.

  1. Finally, on the next screen, click the Turn it on button.

The button to turn on a newly added extension in Microsoft Edge.

The Chrome web browserGoogle Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store.
  3. On the page that appears, you may either search for an extension or scroll down the page to look at suggestions.

The search box for the Google Chrome web store.

  1. Once you’ve found the extension you’d like to install, click the The button used to add and extension in Google Chrome. button.
  2. Finally, you’ll see a prompt appear; click the Add extension button.

The prompt that appears when you add an extension to chrome.


  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Navigate to the Firefox Add-ons site.
  3. In the header of the page, click the Extensions tab.

The extensions tab in the Firefox Add-ons page.

  1. Next, you may choose to browse extensions by category, or by searching for specific ones (upper right-hand corner of the screen).

The choices for users looking to add an extension to Firefox.

  1. Once you’ve located the extension you’re interested in, click the The button used to add an extension to Firefox. button.
  2. Next, you should see a prompt in the upper right-hand corner of the screen asking you to confirm your selection. Click Install.

The prompt that asks the user to confirm their installation.

  1. A small box will appear showing that your extension was installed correctly.


  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the The Opera menu button. icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Select Extensions, then Extensions again.
  4. On the left-hand side of the screen, click Get more extensions.

The link to get additional extensions in Opera.

  1. On the next screen, you may browse through the recommended extensions by scrolling down, or search for specific ones.

The field in which users may search for additional extensions for Opera.

  1. Once you’ve located the extension you’d like to add, click the The button to add an extension to Opera. button.

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click on the Internet Explorer Tools iconicon and select Manage add-ons from the drop-down menu that appears.
  3. In the Manage Add-ons window, in the lower left-hand corner, click on Find more toolbars and extensions…
  4. Locate the add-on of your choice, and then click the Add button next to it.
  5. You’ll then be prompted to confirm your selection, click Add.
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