Those who use Microsoft Edge as their primary or main browser can give a try to these free Work From Home extensions or add-ons for the Edge browser covered in this post.
The global pandemic COVID-19 has changed the way one works and work from home become new normal for a lot of people all over the globe. Doing work from home is always challenging in terms of remain as productive as one is in the office. But there are various tools to make work from home a bit easier and help you remain productive. Microsoft Edge has also come with a similar approach and brought work from home extensions. Let’s check them.
Work From Home extensions for Microsoft Edge
This post includes a list of 10 free work from extensions. Just install extensions in the Edge browser of your choice and start using them. These are:
- Kami Extension – PDF and Document Annotation
- OneNote Web Clipper
- Gmail Checker – Read, Label & Manage
- Grammarly for Microsoft Edge
- Tab with A view
- BlockSite – Stay Focused & Control Your Time
- Plan – Calendar & Tasks
- Text to speech that brings productivity.
Office extension for Edge is helpful to quickly open or access your online Office apps so that you can create new documents or edit the existing files. You can open your Word account, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, or another app in a new tab with just a click. Its pop-up box contains all the apps that you can open from any tab.
This extension also lets you see your last 2 recent documents on its pop-up. Or else, you can also access your OneDrive account with a single click to view all the documents. The feature to upload a document to your Office account is also present.
Just install the extension, use its icon, sign in with your Microsoft account, school, or work account, and start using it.
2] Kami Extension – PDF and Document Annotation
If you want to view and annotate your PDF files or other supported document using Edge browser, then Kami Extension – PDF and Document Annotation extension is handy. OCR and Split & Merge tools are also provided by it. The free basic plan of this extension comes with a box highlighter, text highlighter, freehand drawing, different shapes, eraser, and other tools.
The extension lets you upload a document from a PC. You can also integrate your OneDrive or Google Drive account with it to upload a document and save a document to integrated services.
Get this extension and install it. After that, use its icon, sign up with Microsoft or Google account, and start using it. You can also access its settings and turn on/off automatic upload documents to Google Drive, OneDrive, change the theme, etc.
If you use Zoom frequently to schedule and join meetings, then Zoom extension for Microsoft Edge is another option that you can try. This extension provides options to schedule meetings directly from Google Calendar and start a meeting with video on/off.
Open the extension homepage and install it. Use the extension icon and sign in with your Zoom account. After that, you can open its pop-up by clicking on the extension icon to schedule or start a meeting.
You can also set the options for this extension. The options such as mute participants upon entry, enable waiting room, set audio (telephony, computer audio, or both), etc., can be adjusted by you.
4] OneNote Web Clipper
OneNote Web Clipper is a pretty good extension to clip or capture a full webpage, a specific region, only text part or article of a webpage, or just title, thumbnails, links of a webpage and store it to your OneNote account. You can also select a Notebook to save the clip. This extension doesn’t let you create notebooks, so you should first create Notebooks by accessing your OneNote account so that you can save a clip to your preferred Notebook.
You can also change the font, highlight text for the captured webpage, modify the text, etc., before saving it as a clip. A preview is visible for the captured webpage so that you can add the necessary changes.
Here is the homepage of this extension. Install it and sign in with your OneNote account. After that, open a webpage that you want to clip, and press the extension icon. You will see options such as Full Page, Article, Bookmark, Clip, Notebook location, etc. Use them as per your needs.
5] Gmail Checker – Read, Label & Manage
Gmail Checker – Read, Label & Manage extension lets you read Gmail emails, archive an email, mark an email as read, refresh email, etc., using a pop-up from any tab of your Edge browser. Its badge icon also shows the number of unread emails.
You can also use right-click menu of its extension icon to compose an email, enable or disable notifications, etc. You can also connect multiple Gmail account with this extension.
Grab this Edge extension, install it, and sign in to your account. After that, you can use its extension icon or right-click on that icon to use available options.
6] Grammarly for Microsoft Edge
This popular tool doesn’t need an introduction. Grammarly is a very good spelling and Grammar checker extension available for Microsoft Edge and other browsers. It marks the mistakes or errors and provides suggestions to correct them. The free plan is good enough to correct basic errors but you can also upgrade to paid plans to get advanced features.
The best part of Grammarly is it works on almost all webpages. Whether you are composing an email or writing some blog post, using Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., it silently checks for errors and helps you correct them.
Download Grammarly for Microsoft Edge and install it. Log in or sign up to Grammarly and start using it. You can also save your documents on your Grammarly account and it also provides weekly writing tips and stats.
7] Tab with A view
Tab with A view shows many beautiful places of the world on the new tab page of Microsoft Edge. A virtual tour for a particular place is also available. If you want, you can also save places to your travel list but you need to create an account for that.
This extension also shows your current location and temperature on the new tab, turn on/off Google search option, check flights (if available), and more. You can refresh the new tab to view some other place and check available options related to that place.
Use this link and install it. After that, you can enjoy watching beautiful places directly on the new tab of the Edge browser.
8] BlockSite – Stay Focused & Control Your Time
If some site distracts you from work, you can simply block that site with the help of this extension. It also provides a Focus Mode section (similar to Pomodoro timers) that is very much based on the Pomodoro technique to help you stay focused and finish your work in sessions. The extension is good but the free plan lets you block only 6 sites that are lower than expected.
Here is the homepage of the extension of Microsoft Edge. Install and start adding sites to the block list. It also provides the feature to block URLs by words, set password to access blocked sites, etc.
9] Plan – Calendar & Tasks
Plan – Calendar & Tasks extension is helpful to create tasks or plans and mark them as completed from the new tab page of Microsoft Edge. A beautiful background image can also be set for a new tab and you can also change the image anytime.
Basically, this extension is part of the Plan website that lets you add members to create and manage work timelines, set Agenda+ calendars, etc. The benefit of this extension is you are able to view plans directly on the new tab and mark them as completed.
Grab this extension of Microsoft Edge. Sign up or sign in and start adding or completing tasks.
10] Text to speech that brings productivity
Text to speech that brings productivity extension lets you add TXT, DOCX, PDF, or a webpage and read it with default speed or available speed options. You can also change voice and rewind back and fast forward the playing audio. The extension is nice but the basic free plan is limited to one hour of listening per month and you can’t download the audio.
Open its homepage and install it. Use its icon and its pop-up will visible. Add a file using the available option and start listening to it. If the limit of the basic plan of this extension is not satisfactory, then you can also use the built-in feature of Microsoft Edge to read aloud eBook, PDF, or webpages.
Hope these Work From home Extensions for Microsoft Edge will help you remain productive.