Microsoft has a new Windows and Mac browser, and unsurprisingly, many rushed to set up it, certainly not being their mainly driver, but at least to take it for any spin and find out what it’s as much as.
One of the main together with your Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is exactly this, the engine that powers it. Because it uses the same engine as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge has all of the cool options that come with all the other Chromium-based browsers, including access to some large assortment of extensions.
Microsoft itself added its very own extension store in Microsoft Edge, but at the same time, users may also install such extensions from the Chrome Online store. All they need would be to enable the download using their company stores than Microsoft’s after which install extensions much like they are doing in the search engines Chrome (look below for further extensions on how to do this).
But simultaneously, another advantage that accompany the access to the Chrome Online store may be the support for themes published in the same store. Quite simply, yes, you can install Google Chrome themes, and you can do the event with a very simple hack.
NOTE: A choice to enable extension installation from the Chrome Web Store exists in Microsoft Edge. However, this setting doesn’t let the installation of Google Chrome themes.
First of all, you need to be running the Canary form of Microsoft Edge (support with this feature is likely to be added to the stable version in the coming updates too). At the time of writing, the newest version of Microsoft Edge Canary is 81.0.395.0, so if you’re running a release newer than this, you’re all set.
Next, you have to locate the shortcut towards the Microsoft Edge Canary browser executable file. If you’re while using default installation path on the Windows 10 device, the shortcut should be found at the following path:
Now check out the shortcut settings to edit the Target field:
Right-click shortcut > Properties > Shortcut tab
As per Leo on reddit, what you ought to do here is add some following code at the end of the text in the Target field:
So automatically, the prospective path may be the following:
After adding the said code, it should look like this:
“C:\Users\**username**\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe” –enable-features=msAllowThemeInstallationFromChromeStore
Click OK to save changes and you’re done here.
Next, you have to configure Microsoft Edge to permit installing browser add-ons from third-party sources (given Microsoft Edge comes with a store of their own, the Chrome Web Store is considered a third-party source too, therefore it needs this permission to install extensions).
To do this, launch Microsoft Edge and then follow this path:
Microsoft Edge > Menu > Extensions > Allow extensions using their company sources
Once you do this, the one thing left is to just point your browser (Microsoft Edge) to the themes section in the Chrome Online store. Open any theme you want, click on the add button and that’s pretty much it. A reboot from the browser might be necessary to activate the brand new theme in Microsoft Edge.
If you wish to block the installation of themes at a later time, it’s enough to merely take away the aforementioned code in the Target field within the shortcut settings. Obviously, you can also produce a new shortcut or launch Microsoft Edge from the beginning menu to prevent running the executable file using the provided custom instructions.