This is how to easily generate a QR code in Microsoft Edge

Earlier, I wrote an article detailing how to generate a QR code for the Windows Store using a Chrome extension automatically. The controversy in that is, of course, not everyone likes to use Google Chrome and instead prefer Microsoft Edge. Fair enough!

Luckily, one our readers tipped us off about a Windows Store app that solves this problem. The app is fittingly called Barcode generator, and is a free download.

Turns out, Barcode generator is one heck of a cool app with many more uses than the one I am going to show you here. However, for the sake of parity, here is how to generate a QR code for an app in the Windows Store using Microsoft Edge!

How to use Barcode generator

1. Get the app

Download the free app Barcode generator from the Store. There are optional in-app purchases totalling $2.49, although I have not come across them yet.

Barcode generator for Windows 8.1 and 10 (opens in new tab)

2. Use the Windows Share picker

You may need to open Barcode generator first, but anytime you see something that can be shared, the app should populate the Universal Share picker.

In this case, we are at using Microsoft Edge and are browsing http://www.microsoft.com/store/apps (opens in new tab).

3. Share to the app

Using the share picker, share to Barcode generator

4. Generated!

Barcode generator then auto-generates a QR code and displays it for easy scanning. Additionally, you can also save the QR code to the app for future reference.

Overall, Barcode generator is a swell solution to the temporary no-extension issue for Microsoft Edge. Indeed, not only is this app free but in browsing around you can find it can do much more. It tying into the Share Picker is easily one of my favorite tricks yet! Even I just learned something new.

Download it from the link above and let us know in comments what you think!

For more basic info on Windows 10, including some tips and our vast array of how-to articles, make sure you head to our main Windows 10 help page or jump into our forums!

Thanks, Martin A., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

75 Comments
  • Nice App. Still dont know why they removed the QR code scanner from Windows Phone search, it was very useful feature.
  • You can add the Bing lens to add back the barcode scanner from original Bing search.
  • Jonnob , how ?
  • Open Camera, and then go to Lenses, and then select Bing Vision :)
  • That's far from as convenient as having it in search though.
  • You can pin Bing Vision as well.
  • How? I cannot long press on the lense.
  • It is on the lenses of the camera.
  • It takes so long to get to it now. Before Cortana it took two button presses. Now it takes 4 with lots of loading and scrolling in between.
  • Agreed, barcode scanning on Windows Phone sucks now.  It used to be so easy, you could brag about it on WP.   I know they believe the lens are clever and flexible, but a lot of people never know they even exist because they are just too hard to find and use.  Music search was easy too, then they messed it up, maybe it's back with Cortana in Windows 10 Mobile, but gone from Windows 10... who knows.  Sometimes I feel Micrsoft spends a lot of time and energy disabling or ending cool features.   
  • Do what I did - download one of the free QR scanner from the store and pin it on the start screen. They're very easy to use.
  • Ummm.. It's (music search) been there the whole time on 10 IIRC. Used to have it's own short cut on search/Cortana screen but seems it's under the damn hamburger menu now. Or you can just ask Cortana "what's this song?"
  • There is an app in the store called "QR for Cortana".  Its a bit of a misleading name, but it basically adds a tile shortcut to your start screen.  The tile then opens to the lenses in your camera, so you only need to click on the Bing Vision lens icon to get started.   Still not great, but it gets it down to two clicks. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=3517e8f0-33c6-4c4c-a293-14fd08722364  
  • Press the serach button, and tap the "eye" icon on bottom. if you're still running wp 8.1 :P
  • Or if your not because you're already on W10, just download one of the free QR scanner in the store and pin it on the start screen. No hassle to use.
  • Otherwise I'm inclined agree, but it requires one more tile on start screen where you didn't need one before.
  • If I remember, we can sign in our Microsoft account then select our phone, click install app on the web, then our phone will get them automatically.
    Is the new store can't do that anymore?
  • It cannot. Even when it could, it was never very reliable for many.
  • Really? Never had any issues with it.
  • Me either. Worked great when I used it.
  • Yeah, worked fine for me. Miss that feature.
  • No problem for me either. I think it relies on having cellular data connection enabled. No, wi-fi is not enough.
  • From talking to a lot of people and a bit of testing, that feature seemed unreliable to the point of almost never working for people who had multiple phones attached to their account. If you only had one phone on the account it worked well and reliably
  • Bingo. I remember Paul Thurrott telling me he has never seen it work ever, lol
  • It worked nearly everytime for me, except when I had poor service coverage. ( Which is often in my basement where my gaming pc is.) Interesting that it didnt't work often for most people.  
  • "...Paul Thurrott telling me..."
        You should have not believed what you were about to hear next. My last 'lengthy' argument with Paul heading into the Windows 7 development and Microsoft rumblings about WP8 being NT based.  He was convinced that NT was not easy to port to ARM because of NT's HAL.   (As most people know, the HAL of NT is specifically what makes it highly portable and made it easy to port to ARM specifically with the various SoC variations.) Even after I over-explained to him how it worked, he still didn't get it, which scared me a little bit, considering some of the things he has written over the years on NT technologies.
      Getting something wrong is ok, getting something 180 degrees wrong and insisting he was right, even though he knew I had more techical background with NT than him was mind blowing arrogance at its finest.   Paul has good sources, but when it comes to technical understanding, just walk away. ;) PS I have never seen or heard of Apps not installing from the Web interface to the Store.  It is possible, but it is definately not common.  
  • Look, Paul is just like any one else... of course he is going to stand by what he believes is right. To concede that what he believes is correct as being incorrect would also mean the countless stuff he has written could be incorrect too. So in that situation, any normal person would most likely stick their feet on the ground and stand firm in their beliefs as it is much easier live that bubble as opposed to walk out of it. In regards to installing apps from the web, it's or rather was unreliable if you had more than one phone attached to you account. If you had a single phone attached it worked flawlessly.      
  • Works great for me. You just have to pick the right device from your account.
  • I really liked the feature. It is very convenient. However, it worked on occasion for me. I have multiple Windows phones on the same account. I suppose Microsoft had trouble figuring out which device to send the app to. Somehow it seems Google has gotten it to work with their own store, which is a bit ironic, considering almost "no one" has a pure Google experience with a Nexus device. Microsoft should be able to make this work with Microsoft-branded Lumia phones, at least, since they control the whole experience: both hardware and software. In any case, I do not think people used this much. I don't know? How do people use their phones? They are most likely used to downloading apps straight from each device they own, individually. If you look at phone management in Enterprise and smaller businesses, you have "bulk-device" configuration tools for iOS (even an official tool from Apple) and things that work for Android as well. Installing from the web might seem unnecessary if you can administer this from a desktop PC application instead. If I recall correctly, Microsoft has "bulk-phone" administration tools in their Office business suite, that can manage multiple installations and administration tasks, which should work a lot better and act more reliable.  In summary: web installation has it usage scenario, but Microsoft probably lowered the priority on this one. 
  • How do you have Twitter share charm option? I added the newer version for Windows 10 and I don't see that option anymore. Twitter and LinkedIn is about the only social apps I share on. Also Share Setting that we had in Windows 8, cannot be found in Win10.
  • Yes agreed, I had many problems with that. FYI: I came from Android 2.3 where that feature was very useful because my android phone was so slow. It's fine that they removed it but at least we can just share the link - like maybe email it to ourself or use QR Code - and download to phone that way  
  • Thanks a lot , love it ! it really makes my work easier - as when you published about new apps but that currently not visible fully yet , that time , this scanner comes into action
  • Bing can do it too. I think if you search barcode generator it'll give an option to make one.
  • Gezzzz. Thank you Daniel (and Martin A.), incredible useful.
  • I love this. FAR BETTER than the chrome extension.
  • Except for the one I'm using ATM. One click generates qr code for the web page I'm looking at.
  • Using opera, which I believe, uses chrome extensions
  • Uhm that has been working since Windows 8 introduced the Share Contract. What's the news? Ah, now sharing works from Desktop apps too. Unfortunately the Charms bar is gone that had the "Share" functionality at one place for *every* app. Now every app can put the share icon wherever it wants and clutter its chrome with it. Some might even hide it in the new Hamburger menu. Wait and see.
    Not that this feature needed a completely new operating system though. The WinRT APIs could have just been opened up to Desktop apps a bit.
  • "Uhm that has been working since Windows 8 introduced the Share Contract. What's the news? "
    I rather enjoy it when people know things and walk around thinking the rest of the world knows too. The truth of the matter is, not everyone does. Also, not everyone used Windows 8. I didn't know about this app and neither do others. This is a helpful article for many and last I checked, no one said it was new or the first-time ever done. If you found no value in it, fair enough. Just no reason to assume others won't. Otherwise, we should never, ever write a how-to since technically someone already knows how to do whatever it is we are attempting to explain.
  • ZING!!!!
  • agreed :)