Mar 02 2021 10:08 AM
Mar 02 2021 10:08 AM
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. We have received significant feedback from the users asking for the ability to manage these extensions and reclaim space on the toolbar.
To address this feedback, we are 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 menu will be shown to you on the toolbar if you have one or more extensions installed on the browser. The default state of these extensions are shown on the toolbar. You can choose to hide them by clicking on the extensions menu icon and the view/hide icon (eye icon) listed inside. Alternatively, you can right-click on the extensions icon on the toolbar and choose “Hide from toolbar” to hiding that extension from the toolbar.
There are extension-specific “more” options (...) available against each extension inside the extension menu. Try out these options to manage the extension level settings for each extension.
If you would like your extensions upfront on the toolbar, you can also choose to remove the extensions menu from the toolbar. This will ensure that all your extensions are available on the toolbar and the extensions menu icon is hidden from the toolbar. For this, you can right-click on the extensions menu icon and select “Customize toolbar” option. This redirects you to the Appearance section inside the Settings page for Edge. You can toggle the button off or on for the extensions menu to hide or show it on the toolbar.
The feature has been rolled out to the Dev and Canary channels as part of the CFR. Do leave us your valuable feedback around the extensions menu by leaving a comment below or sending us feedback via the browser (… menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback). We hope you enjoy this exciting new feature and look forward to hearing from you!
Mar 04 2021 02:20 AM - edited Mar 04 2021 02:22 AM
Happy to see I'm not the only one who finds this a step backwards. I already sent feedback about this but I'd like to join the crowd here in my finding this "feature" awkward and not very well thought out. Honestly, who didn't know that you can hide extensions simply by dragging the search bar; and if they didn't, why add this instead of just letting them know? In any case, seeing the feedback here (and the reply to my direct feedback) I expect the old functionality to be restored and the extension button to be re-implemented as an optional addition instead of replacement of a perfectly functional feature.
Mar 04 2021 05:54 AM
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Mar 04 2021 08:23 AM
We wouldn't know, we use Edge (Dev) otherwise we wouldn't be here :).
It does appear now (by testing) that Chrome 87 has a similar feature...
... but that still means the Edge team decided to make something similar in v90, and it's clearly hitting resistance. So they can change it (they clearly decided to release it now, seeing the blog post that all this is a reply too).
Adding a forced button in the toolbar to hide other toolbar buttons is just weird. Let us move the button away from there, so we can have the best of both worlds.
Mar 04 2021 10:07 AM - edited Mar 04 2021 10:08 AM
Yes, you stated facts about how the UI is now and how it was. But they are not pros to a lot of people. The problems you describe from the old way are not problems to a lot of people. The features added being pros is just your opinion, which is fine. They are not pros for me.
Mar 04 2021 11:47 AM - edited Mar 04 2021 12:11 PM
I never had an issue with the original system. I didn't want a extra icon so tried hid it, only to be flooded with icons. Took awhile to figure out how to revert the change. "hide from toolbar" being greyed out if the new extensions icon is hidden is very unintuitive. I feel choosing to have the new extensions icon hidden should make extensions function as before, and use the overflow into settings. In the end a feature to reduce clutter has only added and extra icon in my case. Also the new list not only alphabetical, potentially putting someones most used extensions a long way down the list.
Mar 04 2021 02:59 PM
@HotCakeX Not everyone uses extensions like that. I never have to manage my extensions. If I do then I go directly the the extension page.
The new extension menu icon creates clutter for me. I can hide the other icons the new way, but it places another useless icon on my toolbar. The old overflow menu I can hide all the other extension icons in the main menu and only that one icon I want is shown at all times.
• Give the user the flag for the old extension overflow menu.
• Or add a hide icon menu item to each extension icon, so the user can hide icons with the extension menu button disabled. To enable them again, the user can go to edge://extensions.
• Another option is to allow the user to completely hide that useless profile picture on the toolbar. That way they have only two icons to begin with. New extension menu icon and one other icon the user chooses.
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Mar 06 2021 08:41 AM
This is mainly how I have my screen set up. Everything thing else goes to the Ellipses menu.
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Mar 09 2021 09:53 AM
Geeze, Missy, your replies in this whole thread are outright condescending to customers who are upset with the changed UX. Why are you talking down to so many? It's counter-productive and altogether unexpected.
If you have a problem, use the report button.
Don't attack users personally.
Mar 09 2021 09:59 AM