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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
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

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 :)
  • There you go, being MS's ad boy once again /s
  • The article in its combination with "Edge" and it beeing a new browser seemed like the feature was new too. Which it clearly isn't. The Barcode Generator app was one of the first in the Windows 8 Store. So if you as a "Windows" site, covering Windows 8 for years don't know about it and the Share Contract in general, it does speak not in your favour.  Contrary to your believe, I found very much value in the Share contract in Windows 8, especially with the Barcode Generator app, which I use now for... 3 years? The unified Share Contract in combination with the Charms bar was a UX revelation. To bad MS had to cripple it and now the press can rejoice about such "features" being back in the apps. It has been there all the time, very few apps utilized it though. Instead of ripping the share contract out of a central place (or putting it in the hidous "Action Center" (sic)), it should have just allowed desktop apps to use it. Which they still can't iirc.   PS: Trying to reply to posts here without JS beeing enabled leads to seeing the JSON respresentation of the comments section.
  • Looks like what you are missing can be found in Winkey + H.
  • that too thanks
  • Thanks, thats the old Windows 8 shortcut for sharing. Does it still work in Windows10?
  • Yeah. Pretty much everywhere.
  • Be more appreciative for the work and time put in for articles. This was all new to me and this site is great because of useful tips and information like this.
  • From a site dedicated to Windows I expect a little bit more than to present a 3 year old feature in its worst form (now in every app at different places instead of the unified charms bar) as something new. You know, they could have easily turned this into a "How to share URLs as QR codes" from apps. And then You would understand how many apps acutally support that (old Win8 Metro IE, Twitter, Facebook, ...). Every app that provides the share contract a URL. And this article could have been written when Windows 8 appeared. But it seems clear the press in general did not really understand Windows 8 and its concepts. Thats why the cry for the awfule Startmenu was loudest among press representatives and MS was forced to put it back in. Now the press can rejoice.
  • True. But share from Desktop win32 apps is actually only screenshot at that point. It was also there in 8/8.1
  • So you saying in Windows 10 there is still no way to share a URL (formatted string) from Desktop apps? Something is really really going wrong inside MS at the moment with priorities all toward that fucking start menu.
  • Yay community.
  • Forgive my ignorance, but I don't understand the point of it. Why not just use a link?
  • because links are sometime way too long to remember or share. We at Windows Mobile love to be different from our Blackberry / Apple / Android counterpart so QR Codes it is.
  • I use Bookmarklets is easier and work in any browser as long as you can edit your bookmarks, this page has the one I use: https://code.google.com/p/qrbookmarklet/  
  • I use bookmarklets as well, however with Edge you have to go through some manual steps to install a Bookmarklet (one more example of how incomplete Edge is at this point).  ItWorld has a good writeup on manually adding Bookmarklets to your toolbar in Edge.
  • How scan qr code in w10?
  • i am a lumia 720 user. i want to know how to unregister from windows 10 technical preview and stop all updates related to w10 once i downgrade to wp8.1
  • When you downgrade your phone to 8.1, do not reinstall the Windows Insider app and if you do install the app, do not sign in to it an accept the agreement. As long as you dont configure your phone to get insider updates, you will not get insider updates on 8.1.
  • oh for a sec your picture looked like Joe Belfiore. my mistake :P
  • Sir Daniel how about in phone? since im in Build 10512 Insider, how can i find the QR scanner?
  • They've removed it (for no reason at all).
  • Actually it was based on telemetry data "we noticed pretty much everyone used to scan QR codes only, so we made it just so it can scan QR codes only"... lol... incorrect use of telemetry data in my opion just like the destruction of the photo hub into a grid of pictures again based on telemetry data. They noticed that people were only going into albums so they brought albums to the forefront in grid view. What the telemetry data does not indicate is the joy of users seeing a slide show of their favourite pictures. Speaking of pictures, another silly removal was the ability to review the photo once taken with the phone locked. You have to unlock the phone and then you can review it. Where as previously you had the review icon and pad lock icon, now just the padlock icon... idiotic imo.
  • You can download some 3rd party from store
  • In your camera, go to lenses, then bing vision. You can then scan QR codes :)  
  • In Windows 10 Mobile Camera Lenses, there is no Bing Vision.  
  • Nice, thanks for sharing
  • Sick!
  • Hi Dan, appreciate the tip, I just have one minor comment, which is the wording in the article should be "for the sake of brevity", rather than "for the sake of parity". All the best. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • excellent app, thank you
  • Even easier way is to add the URL to reading list and pick it up on your phone with reading list app.
  • One of the cool things I've always loved about Windows Central is that they usually include a nice 2D barcode at the end of any article highlighting a cool or useful app.  So now you highlight a really cool barcode generating app and you don't include a barcode for me to go directly to this cool new app?  WTF over?
  • I may not be remembering correctly, but wasnt Edge going to support Chrome extensions? Or is it just that it will support Chrome-like extensions?
  • It will eventually. First they need to bring it up to the same experience IE 11 Metro had for touch devices. Edge is just terrible on touch devices atm.
  • Neat App!