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.
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.
3. Share to the app
Using the share picker, share to Barcode generator
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!
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- Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
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- Windows 10: Help and discussion forum at Windows Central
Thanks, Martin A., for the tip!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.