Edge Chromium ~ FAQ & How-Tos

Microsoft decided to discontinue its EdgeHTML proprietary browser engine which was used in the Edge web browser. In December 2018, Microsoft announced that Edge was being rebuilt as a Chromium-based browser, which means using the Blink engine and terminating EdgeHTML. Let’s call the new Edge browser “Microsoft Edge (Chromium)” or Chromium-based Edge.

Here is the list of Frequently asked questions and answers for Chromium-based Edge.

Google Meet blocks Edge Chromium. How to make it work?

When you open Google Meet on your Edge Chromium, you’ll see the message: Meet doesn’t work on your browser

google meet blocks edge chromium FAQ

And the page suggests you download Chrome or Firefox. But, here is how to make Google Meet work in Edge Chromium:

  1. Open Edge Chromium and press F12 to open Developer Tools.
  2. Select the Network tab
  3. Click on the Customize icon (shown with three dots) in the top right-corner of Developer Tools.
  4. Click More Tools, and click Network Conditions
  5. In the user agent section, uncheck the Select automatically checkbox, and select Chrome – Windows from the list of browsers.
    edge chromium - developer tools - user agent - faq
  6. Close Developer Tools and see if you’re able to open Google Meet.
  7. After you finished with your video conferencing session, open Developer Tools and set the user agent to Custom
  8. Underneath the user agent listbox, select the lengthy user agent string (starting with Mozilla/5.0..) and delete it, leaving the field blank.
  9. Enable the Select automatically check box, and close Developer Tools.

How to Make Google the default search engine in Edge Chromium?

Open Edge Chromium → click the Customize icon (…) → Settings → Privacy and services → Address bar → Search engine used in address bar → Select Google from the list of search engines.
edge chromium - set google as default search engine

How to install Chrome extensions and themes in Edge Chromium?

Chrome Web Store extensions and themes can be installed on Edge Chromium by enabling Allow extensions from other stores option from the edge://extensions/ page.

Then visit the Chrome Web Store extension link and click Add to Chrome button.

To install Chrome themes, you’ll need to obtain the installer file (.CRX) for theme you wish to install. For a detailed information and screenshots, read article [Edge Chromium] How to Install Chrome Themes & Extensions

Install Chrome Themes & Extensions on Edge Chromium

How to Enable Translate feature Edge Chromium?

Edge Chromium versions and higher have the built-in Translate feature, but it’s not enabled by default. To enable translation feature in Edge Chromium:

    • Visit the Flags page edge://flags/ → Set Microsoft Edge Translate #edge-translate feature/flag to Enabled → Restart Edge Chromium.edge chromium enable translate feature
    • After Edge Chromium reopens, open Settings → Languages → Enable Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read.

When you visit a foreign language website, the Translate option shows on the top right corner.

edge chromium enable translate feature

How to Enable Dark Mode in Edge Chromium?

Edge Chromium has a dark mode feature which you can enable via the Flags page. Visit edge://flags/#edge-follow-os-theme, and set the Microsoft Edge theme — Use a light or dark theme (based on OS preferences) in your browser #edge-follow-os-themeoption to Enabled.

edge chromium enable dark mode theme #edge-follow-os-theme

Restart the browser. Next, choose the dark mode in Windows 10. To do so, click Start → Settings → Personalization → Colors → Set “Choose your default app mode” to Dark.

Now, Edge Chromium will follow your Operating System theme, whether it’s set to Light or Dark.

Bring back the Classic Download Pane at the Bottom

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) has a new flyout UI for showing the download status and has a toolbar icon which you can toggle via Settings. The download status is showed in the toolbar area instead of the bottom download pane.

edge bottom download pane

To restore the downloads pane at the bottom of the Edge window, edit the Microsoft Edge shortcut properties and append --disable-features=msDownloadsHub at the end. For example:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory=Default --disable-features=msDownloadsHub

Launching Edge using this shortcut will ensure that the download flyout is disabled and the bottom pane restored.

edge bottom download pane

This command-line switch will also remove the Downloads button in the toolbar. It hides the Show downloads button option in Settings > Appearance > Customize toolbar as well.

(Last tested on Edge version 90.0.818.51.)

How to disable automatic redirection from IE to Edge

To stop Internet Explorer to Edge redirection for incompatible sites, see How to Stop Internet Explorer from Redirecting to Microsoft Edge for detailed information.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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