Welcome to Microsoft Edge Canary Channel
We're excited to show you what we're working on next. As you're getting started, check out some great ways to get involved.
Welcome to the Microsoft Edge Insider community
Welcome Insiders, and thanks for joining us on our journey to build Microsoft Edge. With help from great feedback and conversations with our community, we successfully launched the new Microsoft Edge on January 15, 2020. Anyone can now download and install the new Microsoft Edge on all supported versions of Windows, macOS, and Linux.
There are a number of ways you can still get involved and help us. As you use Microsoft Edge and either see anything that needs improvement or have an idea for something new, just click the Send feedback icon and let us know what you think. If you'd like to talk to the team directly, join us on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum or engage with us on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev. And we'll always stay in touch about new features and news on the blog and whenever the Dev or Beta channels update. All of these resources and more can be found on our Community page.
Since we first launched the Microsoft Edge Insider channels in April 2019, we've received hundreds of thousands of pieces of feedback. Your reports of specific bugs, feedback on features, and ideas for new functionality all drive action within the team; we are so thankful for our great community of insiders for helping us build Microsoft Edge. If you spot any issues or simply want to share your thoughts, just click on the Send feedback icon in the toolbar. Include as much information as you can. You can even attach screenshots and "record" issues as they are happening.
For a while, we've been publishing a weekly summary of the top feedback we're hearing from you so that we can acknowledge, provide updates, and host discussions on the issues most important to you. We post a new summary each week in the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum, generally on Tuesdays in sync with the Dev channel update. You can always find the latest post at https://aka.ms/MSEdgeTopFeedback. We would love for you to stop by and talk to us about these hot topics as well as anything else that comes to mind. We know we won't be successful without your help!
Thanks for joining the community, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Protect yourself with tracking prevention
Microsoft Edge offers a powerful way to keep you in control of your privacy. Tracking prevention protects you from tracking by websites that you aren’t accessing directly. It is enabled by default, and set to the recommended protection level of "Balanced".
You can learn more about tracking prevention and customize settings by opening the Settings and more (...) menu, choosing Settings, and then picking Privacy, search, and services from the left pane. Here you can see and choose one of the three levels of protection, each explained in more detail. The recommended option is Balanced, which blocks known harmful trackers and trackers from sites you haven't visited. You can choose to adjust down to Basic protection, which offers the harmful tracker protection, or up to Strict which blocks most trackers but may make some sites not work properly.
You should also check out Blocked trackers, which is a list of each site blocked and the numbers of times it has been blocked. If you want to see how many trackers are blocked on a site you visit, click the View site information padlock on the left end of the address bar. You will see which trackers have been blocked and have a chance to add the current site to the exceptions list.
Let us know how tracking prevention is working for you by clicking the Send feedback button. To learn more about tracking prevention, click below to read our blog post.
Sign in to sync your favorites, passwords, and more
Sign in to Microsoft Edge to sync your data between devices and make accessing some sites easier. You can sign in with your personal Microsoft account or your work/school account. Once you do, your favorites, form-fill data, passwords, and browser settings (like what your On startup settings) will sync between other Windows or macOS devices running any Microsoft Edge channel. Sync will also work between channels installed on the same device, as well as with Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android.
To get started, just click the profile icon in the toolbar. Once you’re signed in, you’ll also be signed in automatically to other Microsoft websites, like Outlook and OneDrive, or to some sites associated with your work or school. Try out sync and automatic sign in and let us know how they’re working for you by clicking the Send feedback icon in the browser.
Sync your data with Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android
If you’re running the latest version of Microsoft Edge on your phone or tablet, you can sync your favorites, form-fill data, and passwords with Microsoft Edge across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
To get started, open Microsoft Edge on your iOS or Android device, and be sure you are signed in either with your active Microsoft account or work/school account. Go to Settings. Under Accounts choose your currently active account, then choose Sync. Your data will now sync between your iOS or Android devices and all devices running Microsoft Edge, provided you are logged in to the same account on each.
If you haven’t tried Microsoft Edge on your iOS or Android device, you can install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and follow the above steps to turn on sync.
For more information about the future of sync in Microsoft Edge, check out the article we posted on the Insider forum.
Take us for a real test drive
The Microsoft Edge Team is using the Microsoft Edge Insider Channels for everyday browsing, and we’d love for you to join us! Just set us as your default browser for a while, and then come talk to us about your experience.
To change your default browser:
- Click the Default apps button below and accept the Open settings? prompt if it appears
- Under Web browser, select the browser currently listed and then select Microsoft Edge (Beta, Dev, or Canary, depending on your channel)
Report a bug, or something that bugs you
We’ve received hundreds of thousands of pieces of feedback so far, and feedback is helping set the direction of Microsoft Edge every day. Now let us know what you think. Not only are there bugs to find, but we know you have a million or two opinions and ideas, and we want to hear all of them.
To send us an bug, a hassle, a thought, or an idea just select the “Send feedback” icon on the toolbar, or navigate to the "..." menu > Help and Feedback > Send feedback. From there, you will also have the option to include diagnostics or attachments. Feedback is anonymous if you want it to be, but if you want to be contacted about your feedback, you can include your email too!
Extend your experience
Personalize your browser with extensions! If you're looking for something like popular ad blocking or password management tools, check out our growing catalog by clicking the button below or opening the Settings and more menu, choosing Extensions, and then clicking Get extensions from Microsoft Store. Grab your favorite or try something new and let us know about your experience.
You can also install extensions from other stores. Learn more
Assisted support is here
One of the new features of Microsoft Edge is assisted support through email. We have dedicated staff who offer individual help when you have a question or a problem. To try this out, just press F1 or use the button below. You can read our FAQ, then for direct support just click Submit a request to get started. We’ll get back to you soon!
Make Microsoft Edge yours
This might not feel like home until you get your data. If you didn’t import when you first installed Microsoft Edge, or you want to import again or choose a different browser, it’s easy to do so. You can import favorites, browsing history, form data, and even saved passwords from other major browsers. Give it a try and let us know how it went.
To import your data:
- From the More (...) menu select Settings
- Under Your profile select Import browser data
- Select a browser and the data you want to import
- Select Import
Some limitations for Chrome Web Store extensions
The Microsoft Edge Insider channels support the installation of extensions from the Chrome Web Store. In most cases these extensions will work great in Microsoft Edge. However, there are two known issues we'd like to make you aware of:
- If an extension relies on Google Account functionality to sign in or sync data, it may not work properly in Microsoft Edge.
- If an extension relies on companion software on your PC, it may not work properly, even if the companion software is installed.
We are working on these issues, and we'll let you know when we have an update.
Improved touch features are here!
Touch screens are increasingly popular across devices, particularly on detachable laptops. With Microsoft Edge legacy, the community experienced larger buttons and easier control when using the browser in tablet mode. We're excited to bring some of those features back to Windows 10 and 11*!
Enabling improved touch mode on the edge://settings/appearance page or putting your device in tablet mode will change the UX into an experience made for human interaction and not a mouse click. You will see browser elements such as the buttons, tabs, and more increase in size for an optimized and easier touch experience.
We'd love to know your thoughts! Do you see improvements in spaces you'd like to share with us or want to share how this update improved your experience? Let us know directly from the browser by tapping on the ... menu in the top right > Help and feedback > Send feedback and detail your thoughts in the description.
*Note: This is only available for Windows 10 and 11. It currently is not available on mobile devices, macOS, or Linux.
Update recap: Week of November 14th
Hey there, Insiders! This week we're highlighting improvements for the sidebar, a new way to edit images directly in the browser, and request that you lend us your voice again with the semiannual Edge Insider survey. Check out the details here on this page to learn more!
It's the end of the calendar year, and in the United States that brings a few holidays. We won't be publishing any major build updates to the Dev, Beta, or Stable channels next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday; Canary will see a few updates except on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th. We should pick up normal updates the week after. Now for this week's update!
In what's new this week, we added a couple new APIs for WebView2, and added a few new group policies while replacing another. In what's improved this week, we fixed various crashes, resolved a freezing issue when dragging a tab from one window to another, addressed a few WebView2 issues, made sure Find on page scrolled to the first result, and made sure the Record my problem option in the feedback tool recorded screens properly. Eric goes over all these and so much more on our Insider forums, click Change Summary below to read on!
There are no updates for your Top Feedback Summary to highlight this month, despite previous fanfare (apologies). With that, know we are still working on how we can better display these items to you and improve our communication around your feedback submissions. If you still missed the last update, you can click Top Feedback below to catch up!
That's all from us this week, we will chat at you all in a couple weeks! See an issue that you think might be a bug? Remember to send that directly through the in-app feedback by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback and include diagnostics so the team can investigate. Want to let us know what you think we can put into the browser to improve your browsing experience? Head over to the Edge Feedback Portal to drop your thoughts publicly to encourage others to vote and comment on your suggestions. Happy browsing, Insiders!
Take our semiannual Edge Insider survey!
It's that time of the year, Insiders. No, not the holidays, it's survey time! We have attempted in the past to share these out every few months, but we felt like there may have been survey fatigue this year. We've made the decision to reduce these surveys to only twice a year, and we're here now with the end of the year survey.
Feel free to check out our forums post about the new survey, or click Take the survey below to get straight to it!
Edit images directly in Edge!
Microsoft Edge’s on-hover tools help you further explore web content, and you can access these tools from the Dev and Canary channels by hovering over the top right corner of any web-based image. We're excited to announce that we are introducing an Image Editor to Smart Explore on images, allowing you to easily edit any image on the web and save it to your local device or copy it for quick sharing! This heavily reduces the steps and time spent required to edit web-based images, allowing you to find, conveniently edit, and use images - all in one place.
You can access the editor either by hovering over the image and clicking the Smart Explore … menu button > Edit image or using the right-click menu > Edit image. When you're ready, you can click Save to save it to your device or copy to the clipboard. The tool is focused on lightweight editing and is not meant to replace professional image editors. We feel this is a handy, time-saving tool for anyone finding, editing, and using web-based images for school assignments, work presentations, or personal projects. In the future, we will further integrate the experience into the browser, allowing users to save to Collections, open the edited image in Designer, and more!
Want to let the team know any thoughts or suggestions you have for this feature update? You can share your voice by hovering over the image to bring up the ... menu button and sharing a description of your suggestions via the feedback tool.
New additions to the sidebar in Edge!
Since the recent introduction of the sidebar in Microsoft Edge, the team has been working on improving not only the experience but options available within this browser addition! The sidebar already has the ability to be resized to a width that fits your needs, lets you create custom names for websites you added, and apps that play sounds will show you when they are playing - you can even hover over the speaker icon to access that app's media controls.
This month, we're excited to share that you can now add third-party websites, see notifications for both first- and third-party sites, use Outlook for easy multitasking, use YouTube for a different kind of multitasking, and we sprinkled in some messenger and music apps. We're working on adding in other apps and productivity tools so you can personalize the sidebar to work best for you. We've heard the ability to re-arrange the icons is crucial to your experience, and we're working on bringing that functionality in the near future!
Want to know more? Here's a couple tips you may not know of: click the ... menu in each app to see unique-to-sidebar options like swapping between desktop and mobile views, and you can pin/unpin an app to see subtle changes like border shadowing and separation differences. We're always looking to your feedback to help us improve! Be sure to let the team know of any thoughts you may have by clicking the ... menu in any app open in the sidebar and selecting Send feedback. Happy multitasking, Insiders!
Follow on Pinterest
After being able to follow your favorite creators on Youtube, Tiktok, and Bilibili, we are happy to announce that you can follow trendy Pinterest creators starting in Edge 107! Same with the current follow experience, just look for the Follow button in the address bar when you browse on Pinterest, and with a simple click you will stay connected with your favorite Pinterest creators in Edge. Whenever your followed creators have updates, you will receive a pop-up notification to let you know; you can still open Collections from the toolbar or Settings to find the most recent updates from your followed creators there. We are working hard to let you follow all of the creators you love and, in the near future, we will also expand this feature to Facebook and more. Stay tuned and start your first ‘Follow’ today! We'd love to hear what you think! Head to ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to send the team a detailed description of your thoughts and suggestions.
Improvements to PWAs and default link handlers
"App hopping" is a frustration that anyone can experience on any device. When you have an app installed to handle specific files, you expect those files to open in the specified app. We're taking this same thought to the PWA experience to help ensure links open in the app you want them to.
Now you can assign link handling to PWAs in Edge! When you install a new PWA from a website, Edge will assign that PWA as the default link handler for that website's URLs. For example, reddit.com URLs clicked from an external app will open the Reddit PWA. You can also set this up manually or even remove the handling preference directly on the edge://apps page for each installed app.
The team would love to hear if you spot any issues with the link handlers in PWAs! Please file feedback by clicking the ... menu in the PWA > Send feedback to Microsoft and give as many details as you can for what you are seeing. We hope you enjoy a smoother app browsing experience with this!
Heads up: Twice daily Canary builds are starting now
The fastest insider channel is getting even faster. Starting today we may release two builds to the Canary channel each day. Getting our newest code out to insiders even quicker will allow us to take advantage of the great rapid feedback we get from you every single day. Keep it coming... it really makes a huge difference to us.
We don't want to interrupt you too much... so just a reminder that when a new build is released and installed in the background, it's totally OK to continue using the old version for as long as you need. You'll be updated seamlessly whenever you decide to close and later reopen Microsoft Edge Canary.
Also note that we won't release two builds every single day, just like we don't always release even one each day. And for now these second releases will apply only to the Canary channel on Windows.
Thanks for being an insider and a Canary channel user, and keep that feedback coming.
Introducing Command Palette for Edge DevTools
The Edge DevTools team is pleased to announce a new experimental feature: Command Palette, now ready for testing in Microsoft Edge Insider Channels.
Command Palette makes it possible to quickly access browser management and developer tools features with just one keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Space. Press the shortcut and get access to tab, bookmark, and collection management features, or developer tools features like simulating a mobile device, clearing the cache memory, and more. If you are familiar with other command palettes like the one in VS Code, or PowerToys, you will feel right at home.
To find out more information about how to get this enabled and get feedback to the team, click Read more below.
Introducing Edge Secure Network
A common request we have heard from users is that they would like to see more privacy-focused features in the browser. Today, we're excited to share that we have kicked off experiments for Microsoft Edge Secure Network in the Canary channel! You can download it here if you are not using it already (thanks for your support if you are already reading this from our Canary channel).
We are opening this preview to a small audience to get initial feedback and recommendations so we can offer the best in-browser Secure Network experience. With Edge Secure Network, you can connect to public Wi-Fi at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, hotels, & other venues, complete transactions, and shop online, all with the improved privacy and security that gives you the peace of mind you deserve. We've partnered with Cloudflare to help ensure that if VPNs are allowed in your region, wherever you connect to the Secure Network service, you will connect to a local data center and the IP address your browsing data flows through will be geographically similar to your actual region. However, websites will not see your individual network address, keeping your browsing disassociated from you while still allowing the internet to "just work" as you expect.
Our teammates Brandon and Kelda go over this feature in more detail on our Insider forums. Click Learn more below to read on about this feature update!
A new look for DevTools
Focus Mode is a new user interface for Edge DevTools designed to modernize and streamline the DevTools UI without compromising its feature set. This DevTools interface was previously released as an experimental feature but is now being enabled by default in our Canary and Dev channels.
When debugging web apps and PWAs, developers rely on DevTools to gain insights on layouts, performance, accessibility, memory usage, and more. But with more than 30 unique tools, the interface can be busy and overwhelming. Focus Mode addresses this with a modernized look-and-feel that consolidates menus and buttons while allowing you to customize DevTools to suit your workflow. Tools appear in the Activity Bar, a compact toolbar that allows you to pin, rearrange, and switch between tools rapidly. This toolbar can appear in a horizontal or vertical orientation, especially useful when DevTools is docked to the side of the browser and screen space is limited.
The Edge DevTools docs provide more information about the features of Focus Mode. Let us know what you think! You can send feedback by selecting the ? icon in Focus Mode and selecting Feedback. Or, you can join the conversation on the Edge DevTools GitHub repo. We look forward to hearing how you feel about the new look!
An updated experience for the Apps hub!
Progressive web apps (or PWAs) have gained popularity in recent years, appealing to every person who likes the feel of their websites to behave more like an app. When the browser detects that a site is installable, the App available button appears in the address bar, but you can install sites as apps even if they aren't PWAs! We are excited to share with you a couple new updates to Apps as a feature in the browser: an updated Apps hub and the introduction of app sync.
To discover the new Apps hub, click the ... menu > Apps, and you will see a hub flyout similar to History or Collections (or turn on the Apps button in the toolbar by right-clicking the menu option and selecting Show in toolbar). Like any other hub, you can use the pin button to pin the hub as a sidebar that’s always available. From the hub, you can install any site as an app and access your previously installed apps. Click Open to launch an installed app, or right-click any app’s name to pin it to the Start menu, taskbar, or access the app’s management page.
If you use Edge on multiple devices and you’re signed-in with sync enabled, then all of the websites and apps that have been installed will now also be synchronized across all of your desktop devices! If there’s a website you use on a regular basis and installed it as an app on one device, chances are it will be just as useful to you on other devices, too. Edge won't automatically install those apps for you, since you might not necessarily want all of them on all devices, but they get displayed on the Apps hub and you can install them with one click.
We'd love to hear of any issues you spot with this, or suggestions you may have for improving this experience. Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to open the in-app feedback tool and let us know your thoughts. Happy browsing!
Save even more resources with Sleeping Tabs
To improve the memory and CPU usage of the browser, we’ve recently updated our sleeping tabs feature. Just like a good night’s sleep allows you to stay focused and productive the next day, sleeping tabs helps optimize your browser’s performance by freeing up resources for the tabs you’re really using. Our recent update enables pages that are sharing a BrowsingInstance with another page to now go to sleep saving you even more resources.
You can now see how much memory Sleeping Tabs is saving you by visiting Performance under the ... menu in the top right. Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know your thoughts or any issues you spot!
File metadata information now available for PDF documents
Our goal with Microsoft Edge PDF viewer is to make our users more productive in their daily PDF interactions. While viewing a PDF, you can now get an information display about the file which contains descriptions like the file size, title, author, keywords, etc. The information is often set by the person who created the document, and some information is generated automatically. You can search for these metadata items to find some specific documents or verify the current file. The keywords section can be particularly useful for narrowing searches.
To try this out, click the settings gear icon on the top right of the PDF viewer and click View document properties. Spot any problems with this feature update? Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let the team know what you are seeing.
Get Xbox Cloud Gaming on Steam Deck with Microsoft Edge!
In case you missed it last week, we shared the exciting news that for those with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can use Microsoft Edge Beta to use Xbox Cloud Gaming! We are particularly excited about this as we feel this opens up new opportunities in the gaming community, know this is just the beginning.
We'd love to hear from you if you give this a shot! Head over to r/MicrosoftEdge or r/edge and either comment on the announcement thread or create a new post detailing your experience. Happy gaming, friends!
Improved sharpness and color for images in Microsoft Edge
Images on the web come in various sources with different sizes and qualities. To provide you with a better image consumption experience, Edge is experimenting with Image Enhancement to improve sharpness, color, and contrast for images on the web that can be accessed without logging into a site (public images). To see the enhancements, open the Edge Canary channel on your laptop or computer and go to any website with public images, MSN for example. You can compare the enhanced images with the original experience if you open Microsoft Edge Stable side by side with Canary. If you do not wish to have Image Enhancement enabled, head to the edge://settings/privacy and toggle the Enhance images in Microsoft Edge setting.
We’d love to hear your feedback! Please share your thoughts with us through ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to open the in-app feedback tool and include “Image Enhancement” in your description to make sure we find it. We look forward to hearing from you!
A new way to navigate PDFs - thumbnail view!
We have worked on making sure the Microsoft Edge PDF viewer meets the needs of millions of users, and we continue to iterate and improve it based on feedback from users like you. Starting this week, when you hover over a page in the table of contents pane for a PDF, a thumbnail will appear making it easier for you to see exactly what page it is. This makes sure you get to the right page in your PDF as easily and quickly as possible, helping you be more productive!
We've love to know what you think or if you spot any issues! Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback and detail your thoughts to the team. Happy browsing, Insiders!
Create a custom primary password for more password privacy!
The Microsoft Edge password autofill capability saves millions of users' time and effort by helping avoid the trouble of re-entering passwords with every prompt. To help address security concerns, we have implemented device password authentication before autofill, called primary password, a feature that can ensure that not everyone can use your saved passwords to log into websites.
Now instead of your device password, you may choose to authenticate yourself with a custom password that you have created. This will mean that even in case of a shared device, only you – the creator of the custom password – will be able to use autofill to log into your accounts. Click Learn more below to read our article on how to get this set up on your device!
View the details of digital signatures in PDFs
Documents in digital form are shared very commonly. But in this digital world it becomes important to establish the authenticity and ownership of the content in the document.
Digital signatures are commonly used in PDF documents to authenticate the content of the file before sharing it. These types of signatures essentially serve as the same functionality that ink signatures do on physical documents that can come in the form of insurance documents, salary slips, etc.. In an enterprise context, this is an important scenario with workflows involving signing the documents and/or receiving signed documents, especially when you work on legal or financial teams.
Now with the Microsoft Edge PDF viewer, whenever you open a PDF document that has a certificate-based signature on it, you will be able to see details around the validity of the signature. The state of validation is dependent on multiple factors, whether the signer could be verified, whether there are any non-permitted changes to the document after signing, among other validations.
The next step for us is to implement the capability to add signatures to a document. We have worked hard on making sure the PDF viewer within Edge is the best tool for your documents. The team would love to hear of any issues you spot with this update! Simply head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to share your diagnostics and make the team aware of the situation.
Introducing a feature preview, Citations in Collections!
Citing sources for research is a common pain point for students; managing a multitude of research references and sources is no easy task, let alone translating them to proper citation formats like APA, MLA, and Chicago. The new “Citations” feature in Microsoft Edge - currently in Preview - gives students a better way to manage and generate citations as they research online. With Citations turned on in Collections or from the 3-dot (...) menu, Edge will automatically generate citations for students to easily use later so they can stay focused on their research and be prepared once they compile it into a final deliverable.
Click Read more below to read on and see how you can provide us feedback!
Quickly discover what matters most with Find on Page's related matches
Have you ever searched for a term on a website only to see zero matches returned because you didn't type the exact word or phrase that was on the page? Maybe you misspelled the term, or maybe the page has a synonym of the term you typed. To make it easier to quickly find the content you're searching for, we're bringing a new related matches toggle to the Find on Page experience in Microsoft Edge!
When you turn on related matches, Find on Page will return not only exact matches, but also terms on the page that are synonymous with what you typed! It will also automatically correct any spelling mistakes in your search terms. We’d love for you to try this out. Next time you go to use the Find on Page feature that opens via Ctrl + F or the option in the ... menu, ensure that "Include related matches" is enabled to see it in action. We want to know what you think, too! Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to open the feedback tool and let the team know if you see any issues we need to address. Happy browsing, Insiders!
Type faster and with fewer mistakes thanks to Text Prediction
Last year, we announced the integration of Microsoft Editor into Microsoft Edge to help users write with more confidence. Today, we're excited to announce that we're adding even more Microsoft Editor functionality by rolling out text prediction. Text prediction will help you write faster and with fewer mistakes by taking what you've already typed, predicting what you might want to say next, and displaying its prediction to you as a grayed-out suggestion wherever you're writing online. To accept the displayed prediction, simply press "Tab" or "Right arrow", and it will be automatically inserted into your writing!
Currently, text prediction is only available to Insiders using Windows in the United States with English as their language. We are actively working on expanding language support for both text prediction and Editor in upcoming releases. Have some feedback you want to share? Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let the team know what you think. This is the best way to let us know about issues you spot or to provide suggestions on how we can improve this experience. We look forward to hearing from you!
Get image descriptions from Microsoft
Many images on the web are unlabeled - more than half, actually. Because these images don't have an alternative text to describe the scene, users who rely on Assistive Technologies (e.g.: a screen reader) to browse the web don't get a textual description of them. The 'Get image descriptions from Microsoft' feature aims at making the unlabeled images more accessible by providing an automatically generated and rich image description.
When this feature is turned on via the context menu when you have a screen reader running (or via the edge://settings/accessibility page), Microsoft Edge will detect the unlabeled images and send them to the Azure Computer Vision API. This service will try to generate a human readable string from the image and read the text included in it before returning something we can append to the accessible image description. From the data we've started to gather, this whole process of detecting an unlabeled image, sending it to the Azure service, generating the description and receiving the result in a human readable format takes from 1 to 3 seconds in most cases.
At the moment, the feature is able to generate image descriptions in English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese (Portugal), and simplified Chinese. It can read and "extract" the handwritten text in 7 languages and the print text in 120+ languages. To see a full list of supported languages for text recognition, visit https://aka.ms/ocr-languages. We'd love to hear your thoughts! Let us know what you think by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Introducing transparent ads
Today we’re experimenting with transparent ads in the latest Canary builds of Microsoft Edge. Transparent ads have been designed to raise the bar on transparency and control, with new privacy standards for personalized ads on the web. With transparent ads, Microsoft Edge will be able to show people information about the personal data that is collected as they browse, who has access to personal data, and which ads are personalized because of it. People can understand why they’re seeing specific ads and where they came from.
If you’re using Canary, you can visit our demo page to see an example of how sites will start providing you with more transparency and control over ads from ad providers in the Transparent Ad Providers program.
Click Learn More below to read more about transparent ads in Microsoft Edge.
It's ski season in edge://surf!
It's no secret, our built-in surf game was inspired by the SkiFree Windows and DOS game from the early 90s. This holiday season, we're stoked to bring you a new ski theme for surf, now with 100% more Yetis.
In case you missed it, we also introduced a new playable character in surf, Tux the Penguin! Enjoy the fresh powder in this limited-edition theme, and share your high score with us on Twitter!
Buy now, pay later with Zip
Shopping in Microsoft Edge is an increasingly popular feature, and this week we're excited to share this improvement to your online purchasing experience! “Buy now, pay later,” or BNPL, lets shoppers break their purchases into equal installment payments, often interest-free, which can allow them to get their purchase upfront without the stress of worrying about spending too much.
Usually, BNPL is offered in specific ecommerce websites. But now, Microsoft is partnering with a 3rd party, Zip (previously Quadpay), to offer a BNPL payment option at browser level. It means any purchase between $35 - $1,000 you make through Microsoft Edge can be split into 4 installments over 6 weeks. The team goes over what this looks like and how you can utilize this feature update on our Insider forums, we encourage you click Learn more below to read on!
Celebrate 10 years of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with a new theme!
Personalize your browser with a new theme inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the game. This theme changes the look and feel of your browser and the new tab page to create a beautiful, immersive visual experience inspired by the iconic constellation images from the game. Apply different themes to each profile so you can easily separate home, school, or work accounts across all of your devices. Choose Get theme below to download.
Interested in what else is in store for the 10th Anniversary of Skyrim? Click the Learn more button below for more information on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition.
Microsoft Edge now available on all major platforms!
Thanks so much to all of our Insiders who helped us get here. This is a huge milestone we know the Linux community has been waiting for. Have suggestions on improvements we can make? Head over to the new Feedback site to leave a suggestion and have likeminded people support your idea. Spot something you think is an issue the team should investigate? You can still do that by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to share with us diagnostics and the situation you are hitting. Happy browsing, Linux friends!
A new playable character available in edge://surf
The Surf game has been a beloved part of the browser since we first introduced it, just a few months before our launch of the new Microsoft Edge. Based off the SkiFree game for Windows from 1991, Surf gives you a chance to blow off steam or keep yourself busy when you lose internet connection.
Today we are incredibly excited to announce that Tux, the Linux penguin, is available to play as a new character in Surf! You should see him available in both Canary and Dev channels when you head to edge://surf and select your character. Give him a try, and show us your highest score in-game by reaching out to us on Twitter!
You can now bulk delete your autofill suggestions
Autofill is a feature designed to make things easier for you as you go to fill out forms that you regularly use. We're excited today to share with you that you can now bulk delete these autofill items!
Just open edge://settings/personalinfo, you will see some new check boxes to the left of your autofill data. Check these to delete old or extra data. The browser intelligently reminds you that if sync is enabled then your data will get deleted across all the devices. There is also a confirmation dialog to make sure there are no accidental deletes.
We'd love to know what you think about this setting update! Head over to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know how you feel about this, or if you spot any issues we should be aware of.
Spellcheck and grammar suggestions now available directly in the browser!
When we launched the chromium version of Microsoft Edge last year, we heard from users that they want to utilize the Microsoft Editor extension. We partnered with our friends on that team to get an updated extension onto our Edge Add-ons site, but today we're excited to announce the implementation of spellcheck and grammar suggestions from Editor directly in the browser!
For this initial release, only those Insiders using Windows in the United States with English as their language will see this feature update in our channels. The next time you go type into a text box you will see not only a red squiggly line for misspellings but a blue squiggly line for grammar suggestions. Click on the item to see what Microsoft Editor suggests, and you can choose to change it or Ignore the suggestion.
We are working on expanding this feature! Want to let us know what languages and regions you think we should support? Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let the team know what language support you need. This is the best way to let us know of any issues you spot or further suggestions on how this experience feels, too. We look forward to hearing from you!
Send web pages to your other devices!
We're excited to announce an old-new feature that allows you to send web pages to your other devices! To use the feature, make sure you are signed in to all versions of the browser you use and have sync enabled. Then, when you are on a web page, simply right-click or press and hold on the page and select the “Send page to other devices” option. You will see your other syncing devices and can choose where to send it. You can also send a page by clicking or tapping in the address bar and then on the new “Send this page” icon. This feature is now available for desktop and mobile users! Happy sending!
Simplifying the 'save and fill' experience for autofill
Since we released our autofill feature, we've had feedback to make it more robust. The browser is the hub of form-filling and data-entry activities now, and such workflows often require the repeating of putting in personal information. We've recently implemented some updates to the autofill feature based on your feedback to address some of these pain points!
You will see that the edge://settings/personalinfo page has been updated to now separate personal and custom information. You can also add custom info directly on this page. Additionally, when you are filling out a form that has more than 5 fields, Edge will now only prompt you to save the items you haven't saved in the past. This prompt also has several options you can use to remove, undo, or group up all of this information in the browser.
There're a lot more changes that come with these, so we encourage you to play around with webpages that utilize autofill and let us know what you think! You can do this directly in the browser by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Introducing the ability to input text anywhere on a PDF
As we continue our journey in making the PDF reader in Microsoft Edge, we understand that not all PDFs are built the same. Some have the ability to edit text in any field while others you need to annotate with a pen or your finger to get it filled out. We're excited to share with Insiders that we've made it possible to add text anywhere with the click of a button!
When you have a PDF open in Edge, you will spot that there's a new button in the toolbar that says Add text. Clicking this will give you the option to click with your cursor in any part of the PDF to input text, as well as change the font color, size, and the spacing of the text! This is currently available in Edge 95 and higher, and Pooja goes over more details on how to use this new feature over on the Edge Insider forums! Click Learn more below to read on about this feature update.
Pick up where you left off in PDFs
Reading long PDF documents can be a very time consuming and tedious task we have all gone through. To make reading those documents easier we have already added ‘Read Aloud’, a feature that lets you rest your eyes and listen to your PDF documents. We are excited to share we have added another feature to make your reading experience even better by letting you pick up where you left off on the PDF documents you read in Microsoft Edge. When you reopen your PDF documents in Microsoft Edge, it will start back up with the same position, zoom state, and layout that you were last reading it in.
All channels that have Edge 95 or higher have this available now, and the team has a post on our Insider forums that details how you can use this feature improvement. Click Read More below to read on!
Updates to in-app support
We’ve implemented a new way to contact our Insider support agents directly from the browser menu options! You can now head to the ... (Settings and more) menu > Help and feedback > Contact support if you are running into an issue that you need one-to-one assistance with. This new method also provides a much easier way to send any files necessary for us to diagnose and help you with your issue.
Update your passwords with ease
Microsoft Edge is already helping you stay safer on the web by giving information on which of your passwords are weak, re-used, or found in an online data breach. But knowing about the health of your passwords alone is not sufficient; unhealthy passwords need to be updated as early as possible to reduce the vulnerability of your accounts and minimize the chances of negative outcomes.
However, this is no easy task as many times the process of updating passwords on websites can be tedious and time-consuming. The team recognizes this and we're determined to help ease some of this pain for our users. With this latest update, the browser will now take you directly to the Change Password page for a given website saving you time and clicks by avoiding the need to navigate to the page manually. What’s more, once you’re on this page the browser will also autofill your existing password and suggest a strong, unique new password! We believe this will make the task of updating passwords significantly easier than before.
Currently, this feature is available on a limited number of sites. We'd love to know of websites that you experience any issues with! Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know what you're seeing so we can look further into it. Happy typing, Insiders!
The return of the overlay scrollbar flags!
A top feature request we have been working on lately is the overlay scrollbars flag. You Insiders have asked us to bring this back, and we're excited to share with you the work we've done! This is now currently available in all of our Insider channels.
To give this a shot, head to edge://flags/#edge-overlay-scrollbars-win-style, set it to Enabled and restart your browser as it says. See any issues or have further thoughts on how we can improve the experience? Leave us some feedback by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!
Adjust display style of text column in Immersive Reader!
We're excited to share that it is now possible to change the text column width in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge! This feature improvement is available starting in Edge 94, currently in all our Insider channels.
The team continues to improve Immersive Reader in the browser with new features and capabilities. This latest feature update allows you to choose from narrow, medium, or wide text columns to enhance your reading experience on different screen sizes.
To change column width, you can follow these steps –
- Open any webpage that is eligible for Immersive Reader. Click the book-like icon in address bar to open the page in reading view.
- Next, click the Text Preferences.
- Find the Text column style section in a new popup. Select the column style that you like the most. The browser will apply changes immediately with no need to reload the page.
We'd love to know what you think! Let us know your thoughts and suggestions by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Keep important links at your fingertips with expanded Top Sites on the New Tab Page
Microsoft Edge helps you easily get back to useful websites through quick links on the new tab page. With the latest update, you'll be able to add even more of them to the new tab page with expanded functionality to show two rows of quick links. While on the new tab page, click the gear Settings icon > Custom, and select whether you want 1 or 2 rows for your quick links. We expanded this functionality in response to customer feedback, so thanks to everybody who's taken the time to suggest this to us, and keep the feedback coming by going to ... > Help and feedback > Send feedback!
Support the nonprofits you care about from Edge
We are excited to offer you a new way to support the causes and nonprofits you care about directly from Edge. When you are logged into Edge with your Microsoft account, Edge will automatically recognize when you are on a website of a supported nonprofit organization and provide you options to support the organization with a donation. The next time you visit a nonprofit website a small 'tip jar' icon will appear on the right-side of your address bar letting you know that you are able to donate. Simply click the 'tip jar' icon to get started.
We've designed the donation experience to be simple and efficient, allowing you to make small or larger donations in a matter of seconds. You can donate by redeeming points earned through the Microsoft Rewards program or make a larger cash donation using your payment methods stored with Microsoft. We are eager to see how the Edge community engages with this new capability. Let us know your thoughts directly from the browser by heading to the … menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. We would also love to hear what you think and encourage you to share your feedback on how we can continue to improve the ability of Edge users to support the causes they care about.
Perform quick flight search across websites with one click
As we move toward a world with regular travel again, we know that some people are eager to plan their next trip. We're excited to announce enhancements to the Assistance feature, the ability to do quick flight searches!
Finding the best flights for your trip on Edge is going to be a breeze. While searching for flights on one website, you put in your destination, the dates you are traveling, and how many people are going with you. Once you are on the next flight search site, those same options would be offered from the Assistance tool so you can search for more flights with one click.
This feature works goes a step beyond how we autofill some of your regularly saved content, and we'd love to know what you think! Give some searches a try, and if you spot any issues or want to suggest some improvements, send it directly our way through the browser via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Quickly share links with yourself or others with the new share menu
People share links with family, friends, and coworkers every day, but sharing is often more complex and frustrating than it should be due to seemingly unnecessary steps and options. With the new share menu, it’s easy to share links via your favorite services, from email clients to social media services. Best of all, you don’t need to install an app or set up anything for it to work.
The new share menu also helps you remember things for later by quickly emailing yourself a link, saving you time and helping you be more productive. Click Learn More below to read more about the new share feature.
Payment instruments are now synced across your Microsoft account
Beginning with Edge 92, you now have the option to synchronize your payment information across your signed in devices. With this initial roll out, you can add your payment instrument with full details for the card, including billing address. In the future, we are looking to support not only full details for your payment information but also partial information, like just your card number.
We're making this available to those in the United States initially, and are working on rolling this out to more regions. We'd love for you to give this a try and let us know if you spot any issues!
Change your font in Immersive Reader!
It is now possible to change the font in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge! This feature improvement is available starting in Edge 93, currently in both our Dev and Canary channels.
The team continues improving Immersive Reader in the browser with new features and capabilities. This latest update comes with an additional customization option to change the default font. Now you can select from three default fonts - Calibri, Sitka, and Comic Sans.
To change font, you can follow these steps –
- Open any webpage that is eligible for Immersive reader. Click the book-like icon in address bar to open the page in reading view.
- Next, click the Text Preferences.
- Find the Font section in a new popup. Select the one you like the most. The browser will apply changes immediately with no need to reload the page.
We'd love to know what you think! Let us know your thoughts and suggestions by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Introducing efficiency mode
Efficiency mode is designed to help extend battery life. This mode minimizes power usage to extend battery life by reducing resource usage (memory, CPU) through modifying certain tab activity on tabs you’re not interacting with and putting inactive background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes.
When your laptop enters its battery saver mode, efficiency mode becomes active, indicated by a blue “heart pulse” icon in your browser’s toolbar. Select the icon to see the current status of the mode. Here, you can also change when the mode will become active (or in edge://settings/system if the icon is not in your toolbar). We do our best to minimize efficiency mode’s impact to your browsing experience, but in some cases, it may cause videos to be less smooth and animations in webpages to slow down when you're not interacting with the browser.
You should start seeing efficiency mode in Edge 93 for our Canary and Dev channels. Head to the … menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know your thoughts or any issues you spot.
Send web pages to your other devices!
We are excited to announce an old-new feature that allows you to send web pages to your other devices! To use the feature, make sure you are signed in to the browser and have sync enabled. Then, when you are on a web page, simply right-click on the page and select the “Send page to other devices” option. You will see your other syncing devices and can choose where to send it. You can also send a page by clicking in the address bar and then on the new “Send this page” icon. We are starting to roll this feature out to PC and desktop devices, but keep an eye out for news around the mobile release. Happy sending!
Get a preview of your tabs by simply hovering over them!
As the number of tabs grows, and the size of each tab shrinks, it becomes more difficult to differentiate between them. For some people, vertical tabs can be the answer for this but the team knows that vertical tabs are not for everyone. We're excited to announce that we are bringing an Edge legacy feature to the new Microsoft Edge: Tab Preview.
Tab preview provides an easy way for you to hover over each tab and see more info at a glance (e.g. site content snapshot, full title, domain) to quickly find what you are looking for. Give it a shot by opening up several different tabs in Dev or Canary today! Let the team know your thoughts by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback so they know of any issues you may spot or preferences you have for this feature.
A new way to organize your tabs with tab groups
Tabs are an important part of a browser experience. They are how you are able to look at more than one website or document at a time. We understand that things can get out of hand with tabs, and we've worked to make productivity improvements to these like vertical tabs and being able to add all tabs to a Collection to save for later. This week we're excited to announce that a flag you all have been using is now turned on for most users in our Dev and Canary channels, tab groups!
Tab groups allow you to group up similar websites for more organization; this is very useful if you use the "Continue where you left off" on startup setting. Simply right-click on a tab or multiple tabs you've selected and click Add tab(s) to new group. When you do this, a prompt will appear letting you name this new group and customize the color of the group. To ungroup these tabs, right-click again on any tab and select Remove from group or right-click on the group name to select Ungroup.
We would love to know what you think or how else we can further improve tabs! Send us some feedback directly through the browser by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. We're always listening for new ideas on how to help you organize your tabs.
Password strength and reuse
Storing your passwords in Microsoft Edge helps you use a strong, unique password for each of your online accounts. With this latest version of the browser, you can identify if any of your saved passwords are weak or reused across multiple accounts, change them, and stay safer online!
Simply visit the passwords page under your profile Settings or go to edge://setting/passwords to learn more about the health of your passwords.
macOS users can now view their passwords with TouchID
We've heard from macOS users that using only the system password so they can view their saved passwords when their device supports fingerprint authentication is inconvenient. Starting in our Dev channel this week, macOS users like yourselves will notice that when you go to view a password on the Passwords page, you will see a prompt to use your TouchID if you have it set up. Additionally, you will now see an option to prompt for your device password when you sign into any website that you have saved a login for. You can head to edge://settings/passwords to try out both of these changes!
We want to know how these changes impact you or if you have other suggestions for how we can help keep your passwords safe! Send us your thoughts directly through the browser via the ... menu > Help and Feedback > Send feedback so the team can review your suggestions around this feature update.
Assistance hub in Microsoft Edge
At Microsoft Edge, our mission is to help you be more productive as you go through your tasks and activities on the web. You will see more and more of those capabilities in the browser; this week we're excited to announce that there is a new home for accessing all of these, a hub for Assistance in Microsoft Edge. You can access it today by going to the … menu > Help and feedback > Assistance. Right now, you can find information about what’s new in Microsoft Edge and some other actions you can take to be more productive. Watch out for more in this space and do let us know about what you want to see in Assistance hub which would help drive up your productivity via the feedback tool built into the browser (under the same menu option above).
Now you can search images in the sidebar!
Searching for things via keywords is an every day thing, but sometimes you need to look for similar images for a picture you have. We're excited to share that we've implemented the Search in sidebar for images option under the context menu for images!
When browsing a web page, right-click on any image to see this new option. Nick, a Program Manager here on the Edge team, goes over this new addition to Microsoft Edge and how you can use it. Click Learn More below to read his post on our Insider forums!
Added privacy for your passwords!
The convenience of storing passwords to the browser is now well-understood and appreciated by many millions of Microsoft Edge users who use it in their lives. Stored passwords make signing in to your favorite websites easy and secure, thanks to autofill.
However, for some users, storing all their passwords in one location can be a source of worry. We've heard concerns in feedback ranging from passwords getting stolen to other users on the device using stored passwords to log into their accounts. These worries are fair and Microsoft Edge can now help you address some of these.
With the launch of the Require authentication before autofill capability, users get an additional layer of privacy that prevents their stored passwords from being used by anyone but them.
Here’s how it works: Once you turn this setting on at edge://settings/passwords, you’ll see a dropdown in the username/email field when you visit a website where you’ve saved your credentials. Select the account you want, and the saved password will only be automatically filled after you’ve entered your device’s password/PIN. This means that any 3rd person trying to use your saved passwords via autofill will no longer be able to do so.
Bear in mind, this update does not fundamentally change the way passwords are saved in the browser. That being said, this latest update does change the way stored passwords can be accessed and used, and it will give you extra peace of mind knowing that your sensitive information is more private than before. Please let us know what you think of this feature update by submitting feedback via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Improvements to Task Manager
Browser performance is paramount to productivity, and we on the Edge team know this. When your browser is not performing in a way you expect, most of you check out the Windows Task Manager to see what may be eating your device's resources. What you normally see in Task Manager is multiple Edge processes with no way to distinguish them, and when the team or community does troubleshooting we typically head to the browser's Task Manager for additional details for these processes. This helps everyone understand what may be happening under the hood.
We heard your feedback about not being able to distinguish processes in the Windows Task Manager and are excited to introduce the same easily identifiable browser processes from the browser Task Manager to it. This will make the Windows Task Manager your one stop for investigating what might be happening behind the curtain of your browser. Click Read More below to learn about what versions of Windows and Edge you need to be on to see this update and how to read these changes in Task Manager.
Microsoft Rewards is now integrated in your Edge profile
Microsoft Rewards is a program designed to earn you points while searching on Bing. We're excited to bring this program right into the browser with a handy click of your profile. If your account is linked to a Microsoft Rewards account, you will see your point balance on the on the profile fly-out when you click your profile picture. Have Give with Bing mode set up? You will find that you can easily navigate to the Give dashboard from the profile fly-out as well! We encourage you to navigate through these new options if you have them available*, and leave us your thoughts by submitting feedback through the browser via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
About the Microsoft Rewards program:
The points you earn by searching on Bing can be redeemed as gift cards, sweepstake entries, subscriptions, and non-profit donations via Give mode. Give with Bing lets you automatically donate the Microsoft Rewards points you earn on Bing to a nonprofit that you choose. It’s easy, free, and there are more than 1 million charities available for you to support!
If you are not a Rewards member, you can easily sign up using this link!
*Note: This feature is currently only available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia.
Introducing the new Microsoft Edge for HoloLens 2 Insiders!
Experience the best of the Internet in mixed reality! With the new Microsoft Edge on HoloLens 2, you can place browser windows around your physical world, scale them to the size of walls, or have a browser window follow you as you walk around. You can even browse the web inside of an immersive 3D app. The new Edge also delivers greater flexibility to HoloLens 2 IT admins, with a broader set of browser policies than previously available.
Because this is just the beginning, we'll be lighting up new Edge features on HoloLens 2 over the coming months (like WebXR and 360 video playback). HoloLens 2 customers can experience the new Edge by opting their devices in to Windows Insider builds. Click Read More below for the HoloLens 2 Insider preview release notes to learn how to configure your device for Insider builds and to keep up-to-date on new Edge features as they arrive on HoloLens 2.
Solve math problems directly in the browser! (Preview)
Today, we are excited to talk about something some Insiders have already spotted, Math Solver! This new feature preview is designed with students in mind. Math Solver will take a picture of a math problem - handwritten or printed - and provides a solution along with step-by-step details on how to reach that answer by yourself. It will also offer more learning options such as quizzes, worksheets, or video tutorials.
Click Learn More below to read from team about how to access Math Solver and all of its features. We're excited to know what you think, so leave your thoughts in the comments on the post!
Now available in PDF mini menu: Dictionary and search
Over the past few weeks, the team has introduced a new mini menu for PDF documents that lets you quickly access the most used items from the PDF toolbar. Today we are excited to share that dictionary and search have been added to this mini menu!*
When activating the mini menu, you will now see two new options in addition to the changes we talked about in February. Check out the post linked above for more details on those changes. Click the Learn More button below to read from the team how to use this new feature in PDFs!
*Currently only available in these regions: US, DE, FR, ES, IT, RU, PT, SE, NO, PL, IN
Now available: Warn on close if you have multiple tabs
One feature users liked about Microsoft Edge legacy was the warning you got if you were closing out multiple tabs. We're excited to announce that you will spot this option available to enable in the Dev channel today!
This setting is off by default, but you can head to edge://settings/appearance to enable Ask before closing multiple tabs. When you go to close out a window with multiple tabs open, you will see a prompt that asks if you are sure you want to close all tabs. If you remember that important website you forgot to add into a collection for the next time you open your browser, you can click Cancel and head back to the window to get that saved. Not worried about those tabs? Hit Close all to continue closing out the browser. Don't need to see this warning? You can check the box for "Don't show this again" when you hit Close all to continue to ensure that you will not see this prompt again.
This was implemented based on user feedback, and we would love to know what you think! We encourage you to let us know your thoughts on this implementation over in the discussion thread on our Insider forums, or through the browser via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Personalize Microsoft Edge with built-in theme colors
A few weeks ago, we officially kicked off our theming journey with the release of two dozen themes on the Microsoft Edge Add-on site. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made it even easier to personalize Edge with brand new theme colors in Settings.
To add a splash of color to your tabs, address bar, and other parts of the browser, simply select one of the color swatches on the Appearance settings page (edge://settings/appearance). Edge now comes with 14 theme colors to fit your every mood, from various shades of gray to fun and playful colors. We’ve also made it easier to discover more custom themes on the Microsoft Edge Add-on site, allowing you to personalize Edge with an even wider range of themes. Click Learn More below to read more about this update to themes.
Microsoft account sign-in and syncing is now supported by Edge on Linux!
For Edge 91, we have been working hard to bring you support to sync your favorites, passwords, extensions, and more associated with your Microsoft account on Linux. We are excited to announce that we have enabled this feature by default for all users with Edge version 91.0.838.x.
To read more about how to enable this feature step-by-step and any specifics to the sync service on Linux, click Learn More below.
Immersive Reader now supports Wikipedia content!
Immersive Reader is a tool built directly into Microsoft Edge to help users like yourselves customize how you read online. This can help with focusing on specific lines or making an article more readable with less distractions.
We've been working to bring Immersive Reader to more and more pages across the web. Based on user feedback, today we're excited to share that you can now use Immersive Reader on all 55 million Wikipedia pages! Not only can you now click the Immersive Reader icon (the book with speaker icon in the address bar) to use the reader on Wikipedia pages, we've also added in more optimizations for the reader itself!
Click Learn More below to read from the team about what you can expect to see using Immersive Reader on Wikipedia pages and the updates we've made to improve it all up.
*Wikipedia logo and name used in compliance with their Trademark policy.
On-Demand Password Generation
Last year we announced that we were going to make strong password generation easier. Today, we're excited to announce that password generation is receiving an update to create passwords on demand!
Create secure, automatically generated passwords wherever you need them. If you don't see a suggested password being offered when you click into the password text box, right-click in it and select Suggest strong password.
We want to know if you spot any issues! Please report your findings via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know what you're seeing.
An upgrade to autofill - now on demand!
As you navigate the web, you may sometimes come across forms where you don’t see the autofill suggestions that you expect or want to see. What if you could find the right autofill info, on demand, whenever you may need? We've got you covered now!
All you need to do is type “/” on any form field and the first few characters to begin searching. For example: “/2” can show you the first line of your address “/28 Regent Street” or your phone number “234-567-8900”.
With this, you can now invoke autofill on demand. You may find this especially helpful with forms where suggestions don't seem to populate or in those occasional cases when there are inaccurate suggestions. We'd love to know what you think or if you spot an issue. Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know what you're seeing! We look forward to hearing your thoughts about on demand autofill.
Extensions cluttering up your toolbar?
If you are an avid extension user, you may have experienced the issue of extensions taking up too much space on your toolbar. Many of you reached out to us for the ability to manage installed extensions on your browser without disabling them. Addressing the feedback, we have now rolled out a new Extensions menu to Edge Dev and Canary users.
This new Extensions menu allows you to hide your extensions on the toolbar without disabling them. Click on the extension menu icon in the toolbar to hide one, two, or all your installed extensions. Additionally, the Extensions menu provides you with easy access to the Manage extensions page to further manage all your extensions, and a link to the Microsoft Edge add-ons site to help you discover more. Click the Learn More button below to read more about this new menu!
Surf the web with Kids Mode
In talking with our customers, we know kids’ browsing needs look a little different from us as adults, so we wanted to create a space just for them! With kid friendly content and safety guardrails, Kids Mode is a great place for kids to explore the web. This mode includes features like custom browser themes and kid friendly articles. It also has Bing SafeSearch, an allow list that helps keeps kids on friendly content, and a password to exit that makes it easier to ensure kids stay in the appropriate web experience. Kids Mode does not require a child account so it’s easy for families with shared devices to get started.
Kids Mode can be launched through the profile picker inside Microsoft Edge. The allow list is predefined in Edge but parents can edit this list inside Settings > Family from their profile. To close Kids Mode, or grant an exception for browsing, a device password is needed.
This is just the beginning for Kids Mode and we will be adding more functionality over time. Click Learn More below to read about what we're starting with and what's next. We welcome your feedback on how we can make this space even better for kids. Head to the ... menu in the top right > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know how we can improve!
Searching browser history got an upgrade
History just got smarter! Search your history more easily using phrases like “vaccine articles from last week”, “shoes from yesterday”, or “cookie recipes” and see the most relevant search results at the top to help you quickly find what you're looking for in history. Simply use the new History hub or navigate to edge://history to give it a shot!
We'd love to know what you think or if you spot an issue. Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let the team know your thoughts!
Introducing quick menu for PDF text annotations
We have heard from users that the annotating features in Microsoft Edge for PDF documents are great but a bit hard to discover on their own. We are excited to announce an update to how you interact with the menu options, quick menu!
We've made it easier to access the annotation menu when you highlight text with your mouse cursor or your finger via touch. To learn more about how to interact with this quick menu for PDF files, click Read More below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Feature Roadmap is now available on the What's Next page!
The Microsoft Edge Insider website was recently updated to include a new Feature Roadmap on the What's Next page to show off the work the team is rolling out over the next several releases. It is your chance to see what we are working on and give us feedback when it appears in your favorite Insider channel! Click the What's Next button below to see what you can expect in coming releases.
Introducing Web widget from Microsoft Edge
We're excited to introduce a new Microsoft Edge personalized dashboard feature, Web widget. Web widget is designed to help users like yourselves be informed, entertained, and discover new things with customizable, relevant, and trustworthy content, right on your desktop.
You can opt-in to this feature by heading to the new tab page and clicking the settings icon to turn on Web widget, or through the ... menu > More tools > Web widget. Share your favorite articles, save them for later, or report a story issue to us. We want to know what you think of this new feature! To bring up the feedback tool, hold Alt+Shift+I and let us know if there's ways we can improve this experience for you including how it affects your workflow and the type of content that you find useful.
Download management just got easier!
Today, we’re thrilled to announce a significant update to the downloads experience designed to address many of your top pieces of feedback. The new downloads menu allows you to see and manage your downloads in one place, and it’s easier than ever to monitor your downloads with a new progress indicator on the toolbar. In response to overwhelming feedback, you can now add the downloads button to your toolbar as well!
For more on these changes, click the Learn More button below. We’d love to hear what you think! Just head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
A new, quicker way to access your collections!
We’re excited to share that Collections is getting many of the same improvements we brought to favorites and downloads! The updated Collections menu now opens on top of the webpage, allowing you to view, edit, or add to a collection without the webpage shifting and resizing. It’s also easier to dismiss, saving you clicks and helping you get back to what you were doing faster. Of course, you can always pin Collections open, and we’re working on improving the process of adding items to a collection.
For more on these changes, click the Learn More button below. And please let us know what you think by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
You can now move open tabs to another profile!
Users with multiple profiles complain that they often end up opening sites in the wrong profile and it has been frustrating to move sites to the right profile in the past. We have heard your feedback and are excited to share that you can now move sites to the right profile with a simple right click!
Starting in today's Dev channel update, if you have multiple profiles, you can right click on a tab and move the site to any of your other profiles. This feature is available from work, personal, and non-signed in profiles in Microsoft Edge version 89.0.723.0 and above after heading to edge://flags and enabling the #edge-move-tabs-to-profile-window flag.
We found this pain point thanks to users like yourselves submitting feedback, so we'd love to know what you think! Head to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know your thoughts or any issues you spot.
Two-page PDF view returns to Microsoft Edge
We are excited to share with you all that Microsoft Edge now supports different views for PDF documents in our Dev and Canary channels. You can change the layout of the document from a single page view to two pages displayed side-by-side so you can read your documents like a book. To change how you're viewing your PDF document, click on the Page View button in the PDF toolbar and choose either Single page or Two page from the options.
Spot any issues with this feature update to the PDF reader? The team wants to know! Head to the ... menu in the top right > Help and feedback > Send feedback to bring up the feedback tool and share with us your thoughts. To see where we are now in our updates to PDF documents, don't forget to take a look at our PDF Roadmap post.
How Microsoft Edge manages memory on your device
Don’t you hate it when your browser slows down, and you don’t know why? Suddenly, pages are slow to load, scrolling isn’t smooth, and typing takes forever. What you’re seeing is your browser accommodating your tasks, while taking steps to optimize your memory.
For Microsoft Edge, performance is about delivering better speed and responsiveness while reducing the amount of memory your browser uses. This is one of our top priorities - solving this means increasing your productivity so you have more time for the things you enjoy. Click Learn More below to read how your computer manages memory and what Microsoft Edge is doing to make it better.
Note-taking now supported in PDFs
As part of our ongoing improvements to PDF documents and bringing the features you love into the new Microsoft Edge, the team is excited to share that you can now add notes to PDFs! This is a feature that was a user favorite in Microsoft Edge legacy, and we'd love for you to give it a try.
The team talks about how you can use this feature on our Insider forums. Click Learn More below to see how you can add notes to your PDF docs in the Dev or Canary channels today, and let the team know your thoughts by leaving a comment on the thread!
A Fluent update to our settings and menu icons
Some Insiders may have noticed over the past week changes to our icons across the menu and settings pages; this week, the team is excited to tell you exactly what we've updated! These changes are part of our continued work around Fluent Design updates to the browser in a cross-team design effort to align our icon system to the new Microsoft icons. Click Learn More below to read the Insiders article by Irina about what's updated and what's next in Phase 2 of our iconography refresh.
An update to removing duplicate favorites
We understand that while there is a way to remove duplicate favorites built into the browser, this doesn't stop the duplicates from appearing in the first place. As of version 88.0.694.0, duplicate favorites will automatically be detected and removed on startup after sync completes. In the context of this new feature, a duplicate favorite is a favorite with the same name and URL in the same folder; this means that the same favorite in different folders would not be removed.
Are you on Edge version 88.0.694.0 and seeing duplicate favorites in the same folder? Let us know by filing feedback directly through the browser via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Introducing app badging API
Developers, we're excited to share with you that the new Microsoft Edge now supports the ability to show a notification badge on an app icon pinned in the taskbar! In addition to our effort to make notification requests less distracting for users, we're introducing app badging API so users do not miss any notifications from your site. Not only do these show up when users have progressive web apps open, but our changes will show those notifications even when the apps are closed!
The team talks about how you can use web standards like Push API, Notifications API, and web push protocol more on our forums. Click Learn More below to see if you need to make any changes to take advantage of this feature update.
Bargain shoppers - your shopping just got easier!
Have you found yourself digging through site after site looking for a great deal on an item you want? We are excited to share with you a feature that will help you save time and money while shopping online: Shopping in Microsoft Edge.
While shopping, you may see a notification in your address bar that looks like a price tag. When you click on this icon, a fly-out will appear with available coupons and prices from competing retailers. We'd love for you to give it a shot today! Check out the article below to learn more about this awesome new functionality.
Have feedback about this feature? Remember to send us your thoughts and suggestions by heading to the ... menu in the top right > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Sync your history and open tabs!
In a new forums post, William talks about more changes to how you interact with your history in the browser. Click Learn More below to find out how to use the new history updates!
We are excited to share that we have started to roll out two new data types as part of Edge sync: history and open tabs! With these features, you will be able to see your history on other devices as well as the tabs that you currently have open. Once the feature is available on your device, simply head to edge://settings/profiles/sync (or by clicking your profile picture in the top right of the browser > Manage profile settings > Sync) and turn the toggles on for History and Open tabs sync. The rollout will start in Canary and Dev channels in the US and will slowly expand to other global regions.
We know you all have been patiently waiting for this feature, and we want to know what you think about it! If you're on a Windows PC, hold down Alt+Shift+I or (if you're on macOS) navigating to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
It's important to note that while history sync and open tabs will be supported on PC devices, we continue to work on the ability to sync your search history and bringing history sync to our mobile apps. We will share more updates on this feature as we get them.
An update to how you can discreetly reveal your password
The password reveal button (or the "eye" icon) appears in the password input field on websites in Microsoft Edge. This is a feature for users who want to verify they entered their password correctly in the text field, and is a common feature on most websites that have a password input field.
We know that some users may not want password fields to display this icon, particularly those users who have a password manager extension that inserts its own buttons. Users and system admins alike can now control this icon via settings and policy. For regular users, head to edge://settings/passwords and toggle the option for Display the "Reveal password" button in password fields. For system admins, we have a new policy that lets you configure the default display of the password reveal button called PasswordRevealEnabled. Note that some websites that have the reveal button built-in may override this choice.
Do you have thoughts about this new setting? We want to know! Share your suggestions with us by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Browse efficiently with vertical tabs!
Many of you have expressed difficulties with managing more than a few open tabs. It’s easy to open dozens of tabs while shopping or researching online, and it’s not uncommon to leave tabs open as a reminder for later - sometimes for days or weeks at a time. As the number of horizontal tabs grows, site titles start to cut off and tab controls are lost as each tab shrinks. This takes you out of your workflow as you begin to spend more time finding, switching, and managing your tabs, and less time on the task at hand.
That's where we feel vertical tabs fits in. Vertical tabs allows you to move your tabs to the side, where vertically aligned icons and longer site titles make it easier to quickly scan, identify, and switch to the right tab. Vertical tabs also makes it easier to organize many tabs with more space to quickly multiselect, close, and reorder. When you want to focus and see more of the web while using vertical tabs, you can always collapse the pane and simply hover over it to expand when you want to interact with your tabs again.
More users will start to see this feature as we continue to roll out the CFR. To learn how you can enable vertical tabs, click the Learn More button below to read more!
Get the Wonder Woman theme
As part of the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and WONDER WOMAN 1984, we created a new browser theme for Microsoft Edge that is now available for download. This theme changes the look and feel of the browser UX as well as the new tab page to create a beautiful and immersive visual experience inspired by the film. Click the Get extension button below to head to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store and download the theme now!
And for those who love browser themes in general, Microsoft Edge now supports themes from other Chromium-based stores, like the Chrome Web Store. Head to edge://extensions and turn on the setting for Allow extensions from other stores to install themes from other stores.
Welcome to our new favorites experience!
We've heard feedback from users like yourselves about your experience with favorites in new Edge, particularly that you would like quick access to your favorites, an easier way to bulk-manage your favorites, and some of you are missing the Edge legacy feature Hub. This week we're excited to announce our next step in managing your favorites!
This new experience gives you the benefits of the favorites full page with an ease of access dropdown from the toolbar. Here you can edit, organize, or even search your favorites in-line without having to go to the full page experience.
Click the Learn More button below to read William's blog post what else is new and how to use this new experience. We're excited to know what you think about this, so please drop us some feedback by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Select and translate specific text on web pages
In this next evolution of our translate feature, we're excited to announce the ability to translate selected text on a web page! Available in our Dev and Canary channels now, we encourage you to give this new feature a shot. Head to a website in a language other than your browser's default language, highlight text on the page, right-click on your mouse and select Translate selection to [language].
We would love to know what you think about this improvement to translations. If you spot an issue with a translation or simply want to just let us know your thoughts, send us some feedback directly through the browser by heading to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Introducing Microsoft Edge kiosk mode
We are excited to announce the initial set of features for kiosk mode in the new Microsoft Edge. Digital displays have become an integral part of how we interact with the world and many run an online experience from a browser. When configured with assigned access, kiosk mode creates a locked-down and tailored browsing experience on Windows 10 for kiosks and digital signage. To find out how you can pilot this feature and read more about what's next for kiosk mode, click the Learn More button below.
Navigate and interact with your PDF files with caret browsing
Caret mode is now enabled for PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge; this means is that users will now able to navigate and interact with PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge using a keyboard itself.
Pressing F7 key anywhere in the browser will ask you if you wish to turn caret browsing on. If you agree, caret browsing will be activated for any content you open in the browser, be it PDF files or web sites. Pressing F7 again will help you turn caret mode off. If caret browsing is active, when the focus is on the content, you would see a blinking cursor in the PDF file. You can use the caret to navigate through the file, or to select text by pressing Shift while moving it. This enables you to easily create elements as highlights, or interact with elements as links, form fields with your keyboard.
We are actively looking at feedback from you about this features, so feel free to submit detailed feedback through the browser (Shift+Alt+I or “…” menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback). Thanks for helping us create a great PDF experience!
New security feature for URLs with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen
Phishing attacks often trick users by putting the name of the popular site that they’re imitating in the subdomain of their URL. What cannot be spoofed, however, is the top level domain of the URL. During user studies, we found that highlighting the problematic part in the address bar helps make it more evident to users that they are on a potentially dangerous website. Using the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen service, we implemented this highlight for all users in versions 87.0.. and up.
We invite you to try this new feature out on one of our demo pages for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen after ensuring the setting for it is turned on in Edge at edge://settings/privacy. While using light mode, head to https://demo.smartscreen.msft.net/ to see what you can expect to see in a variety of sample malicious situations. The sample domain we used, msft.net, is not a typical Microsoft website. You will see in your address bar that the domain highlights this part of the URL to help users think twice about where they're navigating to.
We'd love to hear what you think about this new security feature! Have you spotted an issue or have feedback on how we can improve this feature? Let us know by submitting feedback via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Bringing the browser developer tools to VS Code
Last year, we released the experimental Elements for VS Code extension, giving developers the option of embedding the browser developer tools into Visual Studio Code. We're excited to announce the new Microsoft Edge Tools for VS Code extension in Visual Studio Code, which has been significantly improved and is exiting preview for the first time.
With this release, we’ve merged the functionality of two experimental extensions that brought Developer Tools functionality to Visual Studio Code: the Elements and the Network extension. We also made it easier to contribute and build the extension yourself and smoothed out some of the rough edges. To read more about this extension and how it works, click the Learn More button below to head to our blog post about this new extension!
Introducing web capture in Microsoft Edge
One of the most-requested features from Microsoft Edge legacy is making its way into the new Microsoft Edge! We're excited to announce that this week's update brings the ability to take a web capture of the web page you are on.
This is only the beginning! We plan to bring more features to this web capture tool like the ability to add ink or highlights to your capture. Click the Learn More button below to read about what's currently available with this tool, how to use it, and what's next for web capturing in Microsoft Edge! If you have any feedback about this feature, be sure to let us know in the comments of the forum post.
Save resources with a new experiment, sleeping tabs
To improve memory and CPU utilization of the browser, we've developed a feature called sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to “go to sleep” and releases their system resources after a set amount of time. Your machine can now use these newly-released system resources for other things you need for your to-do list, like more tabs, or allowing other apps outside of your browser to perform better.
You should start seeing sleeping tabs in Canary and Dev channels versions 87.0.649.0+. For more information on this feature and how it works, click the Learn More button below.
See what's new with Microsoft Edge from Ignite!
Did you miss Microsoft Ignite this year? Fear not! We have all of the Microsoft Edge team sessions available for you to watch on-demand on our YouTube channel! Catch up on the State of the Browser with Colleen, see how to protect yourself from phishing with Eva, and find out how to get the most out of WebView2 with Limin. Click the Watch Now button below to watch these and see the full playlist from Microsoft Ignite 2020.
Stay organized with Collections and OneNote
We know that you’ve loved exporting your collections from Microsoft Edge to Word and Excel, especially when doing research, making wish lists, or planning. However, we heard that you wanted more options for sharing and exporting your carefully curated collections while maintaining their in-browser aesthetics.
On that note, we’re thrilled to offer you another exportation option: OneNote! Sending your collections to OneNote will automatically retain their web formatting. This will preserve the original look of your collections’ images, product ratings, and external links, keeping your notes beautifully organized. Get more details about this awesome functionality by clicking “Learn More.”
As an additional treat from our product team, Collections is now available on mobile devices! Click the “Mobile Info” button below to read about it.
Introducing password generation, built into Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge can now help make the task of creating new accounts on the web a little easier and safer. When you're on a website that requires a new password, you can simply select new the password suggested by the browser. Password suggestions are strong, unique, and automatically saved in your profile's saved passwords. Next time you visit the same website, your username and password will be auto-filled for you. If you’re using Microsoft Edge on mobile and syncing your data, then the passwords you generated on your desktop will also be available on your mobile device.
The team is excited for you to test this feature and would appreciate hearing your feedback on it so far. If you have thoughts that you want to share with us, drop us a line via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Now enabled: Table of Contents navigation for PDFs
We're excited to announce that another top feedback item from community members like yourselves has been implemented this week: you can now use Table of Contents to easily navigate through long PDF documents. To use this feature, click on the Table of Contents icon on the top left side of the PDF toolbar to open a pane containing a list of the different sections within your document. Click on any item in the list to quickly navigate to that section in the document. For more details about this eagerly-awaited feature, click the Learn More button below.
You should see this option appear in the PDF toolbar as long as the file supports it, however, we want to know if you notice anything amiss! Send us feedback via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback to let us know if you spot any issues or just let us know how you like the feature. This is a part of the items we said we would work on in our PDF roadmap. If you'd like to see more on what we've completed and what's next, click the PDF Roadmap button below.
Announcing the Open/Save as/Save prompt and Delete option for downloads
This week we’re excited to bring back one of our most requested features: additional options for downloading your files! You’ll now be able to choose whether to Open, Save As, Save, or Cancel a file that you want to download. To enable these options, navigate to edge://settings/downloads and enable, "Ask me what to do with each download." Once you download a file after enabling that setting, you will have the option to Open, Save As, Save, or Cancel it. If you choose to open it directly, it will be downloaded to a temporary folder.
Additionally, once you’re finished with your downloaded files, you can now delete them right from the browser. To learn more about these time-saving functionalities, click the button below.
Windows Insiders feature: Alt + Tab between apps and sites
Are you a multitasker? We have exciting news for you! Beginning with Windows Insider build 20161, your open tabs in Microsoft Edge will start appearing in Alt + Tab, not just the active one in each browser window. We’re making this change so you can quickly get back to whatever you were doing - wherever you were doing it.
We’ve added some settings for you under Settings > System > Multitasking in Windows so you can configure the number of tabs that appear in Alt + Tab. You can choose to show all tabs or just your last three or five tabs or you can choose to turn this feature off completely to get back to the classic Alt + Tab experience. This feature requires either Microsoft Edge Canary or Dev channels.
This is just the beginning of productivity enhancements coming to Microsoft Edge - stay tuned!
Removing search bar suggestions
A few months ago, we added a new item around removing previous search suggestions in the search box on the new tab page to our Top Feedback Summary based on user feedback. We aren’t quite ready to announce a solution for the search box on the New Tab Page, however this week, we’re excited to introduce a similar feature into the address bar in Microsoft Edge.
When typing in the address bar, hover over a suggestion from your search history in the drop-down to see the X button appear on the far right of the box. Clicking it will remove the suggestion highlighted and a new search suggestion will appear. Thanks to everyone who suggested this! Give this feature a shot and let us know what you think over on our Insider forums or on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev.
Pinterest in Collections is now here!
Back at Microsoft Build in March, we announced a collaboration with Pinterest in Collections. Today we are excited to announce that this feature is now live in builds 86.0.**. and higher.
Collections are used to capture favorite design ideas, recipes, home improvement links, and even to research the next big purchase across multiple sites. This Pinterest integration will help you find ideas to spark inspiration, save time, and be more productive by suggesting content related to what you have already collected. When you enable the feature, you will see Pinterest suggestions at the bottom of your collection. Clicking on a suggestion will open a board of similar, trending Pins so you can quickly find and add ideas relevant to you. You can also export your collection to Pinterest; any saved webpages or images will then show up in a new board in your Pinterest account.
Have thoughts on this feature? We want to hear them! Please submit feedback directly through the browser by holding Alt+Shift+I on Windows PCs, clicking the message icon in the top right corner, or by navigating to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. The team is always looking to your suggestions to help improve the browser!
Our first step to improve PDF scrolling
On our Top Feedback Summary, we have quality areas that we consider items we will work on to continuously improve. Smooth scrolling in PDFs is one of these items and we're eager to introduce an improvement we implemented this week. This work is our first step to improve the scrolling and responsiveness of PDFs.
Does this improve your experience with scrolling in PDFs? We want to know, so please submit feedback directly through the browser (Alt+Shift+I or via the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback) to detail your thoughts directly to the team. We're excited to see how you feel about this change! To learn more about this improvement, click the button below.
Introducing custom keyboard shortcuts in DevTools!
These changes will also override browser shortcuts while DevTools is in focus. While hovering over an icon in DevTools or looking at the Command Menu, the tooltip will show which shortcut the icon is using.
Have thoughts on this new setting option? Let us know! You can submit feedback directly via the feedback icon in the DevTools. Alternatively, you can also make your voice heard on our Microsoft Edge UserVoice for Enterprise and Developers.
Shop smarter with Collections
One thing about shopping online is that it's hard to price compare across multiple sites. Available in Collections now is a feature that will make this easier, price comparison! When you add a product into your collection, you will see a button to "Compare price to other retailers". Once you click this, we will show a list of other retailers who are selling the same product! This way you can feel confident that you are getting the best deal possible when using Collections for shopping.
Have feedback around this feature, or notice an improvement that can be done? We've got our ears (and eyes) open for your suggestions! Tap the message icon in the top right of your browser to open the feedback tool to let us know your thoughts. Not seeing that button? You can also submit feedback by holding down Shift+Alt+I on Windows PCs or by navigating to the ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
Multitasking improvements in Windows 10
Web browsing doesn’t happen in isolation, and users frequently multitask between their web browser and other apps using the Taskbar and Alt + Tab. Traditionally, these surfaces have been almost exclusively focused on apps, forcing users to take additional steps to get to the tab they need—until now.
With the latest Insider versions of Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge, your tabs now appear in Alt + Tab, allowing you to quickly switch between both apps and sites. You can also easily access the tabs for your most important sites directly on the Taskbar. The changes are just the first of many designed to make you more productive and save you time while multitasking. Click Learn more to read more about this feature.
Introducing MS Edge enterprise roadmap
Starting now, Microsoft Edge features will begin showing up on the Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap. This will allow you to track our progress on your favorite features and get a better understanding of what we are working on at any given time. We are also excited to announce a release schedule for our Beta and Stable channels!
To learn how to find the upcoming features, and see what the release schedule looks like, click Read more.
Enhance your reading with Picture Dictionary
Do you sometimes want a picture of a word to better visualize what you're reading? This week you should be able to do just that! Picture Dictionary provides a pictorial representation of words. You can turn this setting on in the Reading Preferences while using Immersive Reader.
Once Picture Dictionary is switched on, hovering the cursor over a word that has an associated picture turns the cursor into a "star." Clicking on the word will bring up a picture associated with it.
Let us know what you think of this feature by submitting feedback through the browser (... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback), by heading to our Insider forums, or by mentioning @MSEdgeDev on Twitter. We would love to know your thoughts!
New Storage Access API benefits developers and users
Looking for more insights and control over your website's storage behaviors? Try our new Storage Access API, which is now live in the Microsoft Edge Dev channel. This API allows developers to determine whether their access to browser-based storage is restricted by a user’s privacy settings and if so, to request storage access from users. This capability can be used to create graceful fallback experiences in cases when storage access may be reduced by features such as tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge.
For users, this API provides greater transparency into and control over the sites that are requesting access to browser-based storage that could be used to track their behaviors across the web.
Click the button below to check out our blog post about this functionality and learn more about what the Storage Access API means for both developers and users.
Try the new PDF highlighter
We are pleased to announce a new highlighter tool for PDF files. To try it, use Microsoft Edge to open a PDF from your computer or the web. Then, simply click or tap the new "Highlight" option in the top toolbar and drag your mouse over text to color it. For more customization, use the dropdown menu to change highlighter colors.
Additionally, we've enhanced support for the erasing feature. Just click on the "Erase" button within a PDF, then drag your mouse across any highlight. Then when you are finished reviewing the document, you can use the toolbar to save the edited copy.
We are continuously developing the highlighter tool, so keep an eye out for more upcoming improvements, including keyboard highlighting and dragging support for Pen. To see the broader PDF feature roadmap, click "Learn More" below.
Sidebar search is now available
We're thrilled to announce that one of our most-requested features is here. This week we’re introducing sidebar search, a convenient feature that allows you to find information without leaving your current web page.
We've used your feedback to take what you already loved from the "Ask Cortana" experience and improve upon it. Now, sidebar search results include visual media, company* content, and more relevant results. To use this helpful tool, simply highlight a word or phrase, right-click to open the context menu, and select "Search in sidebar."
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on the linked article below or submitting feedback through the browser (Shift+Alt+I).*Note: must be signed in with a work or school account
Celebrating our Microsoft Edge Insiders
We recently reached an exciting milestone in the Microsoft Edge Insider community: over 10,000 members on our forum! As a token of our appreciation for all of the great feedback we have a little digital treat for you, specially designed for our Insiders.
So whether you've been with us since we launched in April of 2019, or you've recently joined the community, please know that we appreciate every one of you.
To learn more about some highlights from the past year and access your exclusive, Microsoft Edge Insider click "Get Swag." If you'd like to find out more about the inspiration behind them, click "Learn More."
Lights, camera, action: debuting Insider Spotlights
Our team is kicking-off a new series, starring you! We're shining a spotlight on some of the Insiders who help make our Microsoft Edge community so great.
Watch as Missy (one of our Community Managers) interviews Microsoft Edge Insiders to learn why they love the Insider programs at Microsoft and what they're passionate about -- she'll even sneak in a few fun questions while they're at it.
Click the button below to watch the first video and stay tuned for more!
Improving Memory Usage
When apps, like the browser, use memory more efficiently, it helps prevent slowdown of the whole system. With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Microsoft Edge has leveraged heap memory improvements now available for Win32 applications. This helps the browser manage memory more efficiently, and early internal testing results of devices on the May 2020 Update are showing a memory usage reduction of up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge. We encourage you to read more about these improvements available to you by clicking "Learn More" below.
Adblock causing Youtube errors
We've recently heard that some of you are encountering an error message when loading videos on YouTube. Thanks to your bug reports, our Media team determined that using the Adblock (Plus) or Adblock for YouTube extensions seems to be causing the unexpected behavior.
This issue affects all channels and operating systems equally, but the good news is that there’s a simple workaround. The team recommends disabling Adblock, then refreshing YouTube.
Are you seeing any similar errors on YouTube or other media sites when using Microsoft Edge? Let us know by submitting a bug report through the browser (Shift+Alt+I) or commenting in the linked discussion.
Introducing the new and improved extensions store
Our Extensions team has heard your voices and is excited to reveal our newly redesigned extensions store. We've improved the store's layout, added new collections, and improved accessibility. So give it a try and let us know what you think!
Click here to explore the Microsoft extensions page. If you'd like to read more about these changes or leave a comment for the Extensions team, click the button below.
Sneak peek at upcoming PDF features
Thank you all for your feedback on the PDF experience within the new Microsoft Edge. Many of your suggestions and requests have already made it into the browser, but we aren't stopping there. Our PDF team has not only implemented some of your most requested features, such as inking, highlighting, and accessibility support, but been working diligently to bring you even more features. As a special "thank you" to our Insiders for all of the feedback, the team is sharing a list of seven features that you can look forward to soon.
Click the link below to learn more about these upcoming features. Is there anything else we can do to improve the PDF experience in Microsoft Edge? Let us know in the forum comments!
Help us catch a bug
Calling our dynamic debuggers! Some users are reporting that Microsoft Edge is automatically launching upon starting their PCs and logging into Windows. This appears to be a bug and we'd love your help in figuring it out.
If you've encountered this issue, please let us know by clicking the button below and commenting on the linked forum post. If you want to dive deeper into the troubleshooting with us, we've also provided steps there for submitting diagnostic data.
Block potentially unwanted app downloads
When you download apps it's not always obvious what you're getting. Some apps might display unexpected advertising, use your PC for cryptomining, or do other things you'd prefer they not do. These are potentially unwanted apps (PUA) and Microsoft Edge can help spot them, block their download, and help you decide whether you really want that app or not.
To enable this feature, navigate to edge://settings/privacy and ensure that "Microsoft Defender SmartScreen" is toggled "on." Then, turn on the feature "Block potentially unwanted apps".
Click the button below to learn more about how to prevent PUA on your device.
Introducing an improved spell check experience
We’re excited to announce that we're introducing a new spell check experience in Microsoft Edge, starting in version 83. It’s available for users on Windows 8.1 and above, and is powered by the Windows Spell Checking API.
This improvement will provide several benefits, including for support for additional languages and dialects, a shared custom dictionary, and better support for URLs, acronyms, and email addresses. Click the button below to learn more about this feature on the Microsoft Edge blog.
Read aloud now available for PDFs
We're excited to announce that one of our most popular accessibility features, Read aloud, is now available for PDFs!
You can open Read aloud by holding down Ctrl+Shift+U, or by right-clicking on either a highlighted section of text or near the text that you'd like read aloud, and selecting "Read aloud" or "Read aloud section," respectively, from the context menu.
To learn about this helpful feature, go to "Learn More" to check out an article from our Product team. And in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we highlighted some of Microsoft Edge's accessibility features, including Read aloud, on our Windows blog. Click the "More Features" button to read it!
Translate text in Immersive Reader
Do you love the streamlined and accessible experience of Microsoft Edge's Immersive Reader, but also want to translate content? Starting now, this impressive tool can translate text into 54 languages!
Immersive Reader’s translation feature is simple and easy to try. To do so, open Immersive Reader, then select "Reading preferences" in the top corner of the menu bar. Next, choose your desired language and toggle "Translate entire page" on.
The feature is automatically enabled for all users, so give it a whirl and let us know what you think.
Syncing your Favorites
We've heard that some users recently noticed that some of their favorites appeared to be lost after running the "remove duplicate favorites" tool. This is expected to be more prominent for users who have performed additional edits or set up new clients after running the tool. The good news is that your favorites are not lost and we already have a fix in place! However, please note that you will need to sign out and sign back in after updating Microsoft Edge in order to recover those favorites.
If you are still missing favorites after signing back in, please drop us in-app feedback (Shift+Alt+I) from within Microsoft Edge with a full description of your scenario and we will investigate it further.
Check out the latest announcements from Microsoft Edge
This year at Microsoft Build, we expanded on our vision for Microsoft Edge with new integrations, new dev tools, and new experiences. Be sure to check out our latest announcements and upcoming features and be one of the first to see what’s next. Click the first button to learn more about some of the exciting updates we have, which are specifically tailored for developers and technical enthusiasts! And select "Register now" to sign up for Build sessions.
Improve focus with quieter notifications
When surfing the web, sites often ask if you want to accept notifications, especially content-rich pages like news sites. However, constant notifications can be distracting during your browsing experience. To combat this, Microsoft Edge is now providing an option for quieter notifications.
This request will now appear as an icon in the right-hand side of the address bar, quieted to give you a better browsing experience. You can still accept notifications from your favorite sites, but they requests won’t distract your browsing experience. This feature is now turned on by default in settings edge://settings/content/notifications.
Image improvements for Collections cards
After listening to customer feedback, we realized that we could more effectively represent the webpages that you save to Collections. Previously, we used developer-supplied data and tags to create the main image for each web page's collection card. However, this method caused confusion if there was a large image on the page which did not match what the developer provided in their tag. And when there was no tag or large image found on the page, we would create a card with no image.
Now, if the page you're adding to a collection doesn't have a representative image, Microsoft Edge will take a screenshot of the current view and use it for the Collections card. In addition, we also now run an algorithm on top of the webpage. This algorithm takes several components into account and helps us grab images of the page while avoiding noise, such as ads. So, if the website has a large and representative image, that will be put in a card instead of a screenshot.
We'd love to hear what you think! If you have any suggestions, please submit those thoughts through the browser using the Send Feedback button.
Use credit card nicknaming for easier online payments
Your feedback makes a difference! After hearing that you wanted a simple way to distinguish and differentiate your credit cards when making online purchases, we're introducing* our card nicknaming feature. Nicknaming your debit or credit cards allows you to choose the correct card when using autofill to select a payment method, helping you save time.
You can create nicknames by either following the autofill prompts when using a new card, or by navigating to edge://settings/payments and editing or adding a card.
Click the button below to find out more and provide feedback on card nicknaming!
*Currently available on desktop devices
Enabling Collections sync
We've heard that you're loving the new Collections feature but are experiencing issues with your items not appearing on other devices or in other Edge channels. After an investigation, we found that some customers who upgrade to the latest versions do not have Collections sync toggled to “On” in Settings.
To help resolve this, we've turned Collections sync on for users that have all other sync features "On" in Settings. We respect your privacy and data collection preferences, so Collections sync will remain "Off" if you have disabled sync for any features. So, if you are still experiencing issues with your Collections syncing, please navigate to edge://settings/profiles/sync and ensure that Collections sync has been enabled.
Click the button below for more details, and let us know in the comments if this fix works for you.
Update Kaspersky to resolve loading issues
We received reports that some Kaspersky Internet Suite users, who have the associated extension installed, sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load on Microsoft Edge. After working with the Kaspersky team to identify the roadblock, we're happy to share its easy fix.
The issue stems from using an outdated version of the main Kaspersky software, and can be quickly resolved by installing the latest update then reloading the browser. Any versions above (j) should see the fix.
Thanks for letting us know what you were encountering and for giving us the opportunity to investigate it! If you see any additional issues with site performance, please submit details and diagnostics through Microsoft Edge's feedback tool.
Multiple profiles and Automatic Profile Switching
We first talked about Automatic Profile Switching a few months ago, and now we are excited to share more exciting news: this feature is now available for professional and personal accounts in Microsoft Edge version 84 and above.
Automatic Profile Switching is especially helpful for those of you with multiple Microsoft accounts who want some extra support in keeping your work and personal activities separated.
If you'd like to learn more about this helpful feature and how to set it up, click the button below!
Introducing checkboxes for History and Favorites pages
We found through user feedback that selecting multiple items on the History or Favorites pages wasn't very intuitive. This week we're happy to highlight a change we made to improve the overall functionality of these pages.
Starting in build 84, you can now select items on these pages with checkboxes. We feel that this will give you a clear idea of what was selected and make it easier to select multiple items. Let us know if you have any changes to suggest by submitting feedback via the browser's message icon in the top right, or by holding Alt+Shift+I. We'd love to know what you think!
Share your thoughts in our quarterly survey
It's that time again! We just posted our quarterly survey for our Microsoft Edge Insider forums. We invite you to take it and give us your honest opinions on our Insider's program and social media presence. Your ideas will be used to bring you an even better experience.
So, if you are a member of our community, follow us on Twitter, browse our Insider website, or just want to share your views, please stop by and let us know your thoughts by clicking "Take Survey" button below.
Introducing Selection-based Reading View
We’ve heard that our users love Immersive Reader and would like it to be more widely supported across sites. So, while we incrementally bring more sites in, we have introduced a new way to bring up Immersive Reader on all websites: Selection-based Reading View!
While on a webpage, highlight the content that you want to read in Immersive Reader, right-click to bring up the context menu, and select Open in Immersive Reader. The content will appear in Immersive Reader in a clutter-free manner. Additionally, you can use all of our reading and learning tools on this content, like Read Aloud and Line Focus.
We'd love to hear what you think! If you have suggestions for improvements, please submit those thoughts through the browser using the Send feedback button. Want to share your experience with the feature? Please drop us a note at @MSEdgeDev on Twitter.
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Scrolling personality improvements in Microsoft Edge
Scrolling is one of the most common user interactions in a browser and it’s central to how we experience the web. Whether you’re using a touchpad, touch screen, mouse wheel, keyboard, or scroll bars, you want your scrolling experience to be fast and responsive.
Last week, we posted a blog that talks about how we’ve improved scrolling personality in Microsoft Edge and a summary of themes we've observed in your feedback. Click Learn More to read about these and some of the next steps on our journey.
Hey Insiders... we talk all the time about how much we appreciate and enjoy your feedback on Microsoft Edge. Well now you don't have to take our word for it, you can see it action. We created a special video just for you featuring our Microsoft Edge team members reading (and responding!) to your tweets. Check it out by clicking below. We hope you enjoy it! We had fun making it.
Get a sneak peek at what's coming next to the insider channels
This week we announced a set of new consumer services from Microsoft, including some new features in Microsoft Edge. As insiders, you've seen features like Collections and Tracking prevention in action for awhile, but we also announced three new features that haven't even arrived here in Dev or Canary yet. Click below to read the blog post from Liat Ben-Zur highlighting some of the best that Microsoft Edge has to offer and will offer in the future. Then check out the What's Next page here on the insider website to learn about vertical tabs, Smart copy, and Password Monitor.
We'd love to hear what you think, so send us a tweet @MSEdgeDev or stop by the insider forum. Thanks!
SmartScreen gets even smarter
We'd like to highlight a new behavior in SmartScreen which underscores our commitment to keeping us all safe on the web. We received reports from some of you that when visiting a page blocked by SmartScreen, you could sometimes still hear audio playing. We want to make surfing the web easy and confusion-free, so we've redesigned the SmartScreen experience.
Now, in addition to blocking an unsafe site, SmartScreen will also navigate away from and unload the page. This will completely block any audio and replace the site's contents with our prominent, red SmartScreen safety message.
So, we invite you to give SmartScreen a workout and let us know what you think. Thanks!
Get back to work quickly with recently closed tabs
Have you ever closed a tab or window by accident, or simply realized too late that you weren't done with a page? To help with this we've added the ability to quickly reopen tabs which were closed in the current or previous browsing session. You can access these tabs in several ways, most directly by opening the Settings and more (...) menu and choosing the History submenu. Here you will find the recently closed tabs listed in the order they were closed, most recent first. Opening one of these won't just navigate to the page you were on, but will restore the browsing history of the tab itself, so you can go back to pages you previously viewed in that tab.
The same list can be viewed by choosing Manage history from the submenu, or pressing CTRL + H any time, to see the History page. Just click Recently closed from the left nav. Here you can choose additional options to open tabs in a new window or copy a link to the clipboard.
The quickest way to access recently closed tabs is to use the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+T or choose the Reopen closed tab option in the tab context menu. This will open the most recently closed tab, and using it repeatedly will walk back in time to open other closed tabs. (This feature has existed for awhile, but we figured this was a good time to highlight it.)
Let us know how this is working for you by choosing Send feedback or stopping by the insider forum. Keep that feedback coming!
Save multiple tabs to Collections
We have heard from feedback that you are using Collections to organize your web projects, and that there should be an easier way to save and open all tabs you're working with. That is why we're excited to announce that you can now quickly save all your tabs and reopen them using Collections. To save your tabs to a collection, simply right-click on a tab and select Add all tabs to a new collection. Tabs in your active window will be added to a new collection with the option to rename it. To reopen those tabs, right-click on the collection and select either to open the items in the current window, a new window, or an InPrivate window.
We would love for you to try this feature out and hope you send us feedback! You can send us feedback via the chat icon in the top right of the browser, or by reaching out to us on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev.
New family safety features
To help parents simplify managing their child’s online safety, we’re introducing a new family safety entry point inside Edge settings! If you’re interested in learning about what family safety features are available inside Edge or if you would like access to your family’s dashboard, go to edge://settings/familySafety and let us know what you think!
To get started, you will need to create a family group and add your child’s Microsoft account to enable family features. Currently, these family features are only available on Windows machines which means your child must be signed into the Windows device with their Microsoft account. Enterprise users can disable this new page inside settings through policy. This is just one of the improvements we’re making to ensure children can explore the web safely and to simplify the management process for parents, so stay tuned!
Drag multiple items into Collections
If you use the Collections feature, you know that you can drag an item on a product page over into a collection with ease. We're excited to tell you about dragging multiple items into a collection!
While on a website that has a list of products, you can now highlight multiple items, click and drag them over to your Collections list, and drop them into a collection of your choosing.
Give it a shot yourself and tell us what you think! You can send us feedback about the feature through the feedback tool at the top right of the browser, or by reaching out to us on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev.
Extensions sync is now live
You can now sync your extensions across all of your devices!* Extensions from both the Microsoft and Chrome Stores will sync with Microsoft Edge. If you navigate to the ellipses menu, select Settings and then navigate to your Sync options, you should see the option for Extensions sync now available to use. Give it a shot and let us know any feedback you may have about it!
*Not yet available for mobile.
The Insider website now supports dark mode
If you're one of the many Insiders who use Microsoft Edge in dark mode, we're pleased to show you this page in its new dark theme for the first time. This will make the update experience a little less jarring and more consistent with the rest of Microsoft Edge. If you'd like to check out the page in dark mode, it's easy; just open the Settings and more (...) menu, choose Settings, and then choose Appearance from the left side. From the Default theme dropdown, choose Dark, then return to this tab. The page should change to our new dark theme, though it's possible that you'll have to refresh the page for everything to go dark.
Let us know what you think, and if you spot anything wrong you can tell us about it using the Send feedback button. Thanks!
Collections sync is available
In case you missed it, Collections syncing is now live in both Dev and Canary channels! Thanks so much to all of you Insiders who have continuously provided us feedback about this feature.
As long as you are signed into the same account across the channels, your Collections should sync seamlessly. Have feedback about how Collections work or suggestions on how to improve? Click the feedback icon in the top right of your browser to let us know! Want to share why Collections are important to you and how you use this feature? Drop us a tweet at @MSEdgeDev to show the love.
Introducing an easier way to access your work content
We’ve now enabled an experience that we call Automatic Profile Switching to help you get to your work content more easily across profiles. If you use multiple profiles at work, you can check it out by navigating to a site requiring authentication from your work or school account while on your personal profile. When we detect this, you will receive a prompt to switch to your work profile to access that site without having to authenticate to it. When you choose the work profile you want to switch to, the website will simply open in your work profile.
We hope that this will help you keep your work and personal data separate and help you get to your work content more effortlessly. If you don't want the feature to prompt you to switch profiles, you can choose the don’t ask me again option and it will get out of your way. Let us know what you think and thanks for being an Insider!
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Introducing PDF ink customizations
One of our top feedback items has been to improve our support for inking on PDFs, and we're happy to announce we now have ink customization options! Prior to Dev channel 82.0.432.0, the options for inking were limited to blue color and a single default stroke width. Now users can select the drop-down next to Draw to open the color palette and adjust the thickness of the stroke. To customize, select the ink color of choice from the palette and move the slider left or right to adjust the width of the strokes.
Have feedback about the functionality or improvements you'd like to see? Send that to us via the feedback icon at the top right of the browser.
Feature Highlight: Reading view - Line Focus
Ever wanted to be able to just focus on a section of text to avoid distractions? Line focus is a feature that will help you with that, available under the flag for Reading Preferences.
This feature intentionally keeps the focus on a limited set of content and dims out the rest of the page so you can stay focused on the content you'd like to read. To personalize to your own reading style, Line Focus provides the option to select the number of lines you would like to keep in focus. Give it a shot by enabling the Reading Preferences in Reading View feature flag in edge://flags.
We would love to get your feedback on this feature! Please submit your thoughts through the Send Feedback button in the browser, or reach out to us on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev.
Introducing a way to remove your duplicate favorites
Over time, multiple copies of your favorites can appear from import, sync, or day-to-day browsing. Microsoft Edge can now identify duplicates and remove them on your behalf.
To access the tool, click on the star on the browser’s toolbar and select "Remove duplicate favorites". Microsoft Edge will identify and remove favorites, merge folders with the same name, and you will be able to confirm changes. Any updates to your favorites will be synced across your devices.
Give it a try and let us know what you think! You can send us your feedback by clicking the Send Feedback icon in the browser, or by reaching out to us on Twitter at @MSEdgeDev.
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O365 new tab page search no longer overrides language preferences
Feature Highlight: Ad Blocking
Microsoft Edge offers Ad Blocking on sites that are known to show intrusive or misleading ads. This provides a cleaner browsing experience. If you visit a site that is known to show intrusive or misleading ads, Microsoft Edge will block all the ads on that site. This feature is turned on by default for all Microsoft Edge users. You can check out this feature under Site Permissions in the browser Settings.
To learn more about this and other features privacy details, click the Learn More button.
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Hide the First Run Experience in the new Microsoft Edge
One of the most frequent Enterprise asks around the new Microsoft Edge has been for a way to hide the new First Run Experience. We have taken this as a high priority feedback, so starting with Microsoft Edge 80 (Stable), you can now use the new browser policy HideFirstRunExperience to do just that! Click Learn More to find out how.
This new policy is a frictionless way for the users of your managed devices to go directly to the browser startup page without having to fiddle with any configurations or welcome messages at first run, and be immediately productive.
DevTools is available in 10 new languages
We’re excited to announce localization for Edge DevTools, a feature that allows you to fit your developer experience to one of 10 languages besides English: Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. To learn more and find out how to enable this feature, click below to read our blog post.
Developer tools should fit users' language and location preferences for a more seamless and productive debugging experience. It isn't fair to expect developers to learn English in order to have a positive experience, and we hope that this effort will encourage others to invest in localizing, too.
Next, we’re working on localizing our documentation. How else can we improve localization? Hit the feedback button in the browser or tweet us @EdgeDevTools to help us find bugs in translations, identify what languages need to be added, and if there are other localized experiences you'd like.
Cards from your Microsoft account are now available in Microsoft Edge
If you have payment cards saved in your Microsoft account, you can use them in Microsoft Edge while filling out payment forms. The cards in your Microsoft account will sync across desktop devices and the full details will be shared with the website upon two-factor authentication (CVC code and your Microsoft identity). For further convenience, you can choose to securely save a copy of the card on the device during authentication.
Your card(s) would have likely been added to your Microsoft account if you had made any past purchases in Microsoft Store, Xbox, etc. You can also visit your account page directly to add your card and have it available across Microsoft properties including Edge.
Microsoft Edge Insider forum survey is live
We are always looking for feedback to make Microsoft Edge better, and taking input on the way we listen is no exception! We would like to invite you to take a short survey and give us your honest opinions on our website, forum, and social media presence. We will use your ideas to help guide us in improving our community.
If you are a member of our community, follow us on Twitter, browse our Insider website, or just want to share your thoughts, please click below to take our survey. Even if you haven't participated yet, we'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have feedback on performance, manageability, or sign-in?
We are really excited to announce that engineers from our manageability, performance, and identity teams will be on the phones and talking with you this week. Thursday, January 30th, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST we will be talking with you, taking your feedback and answering your questions on topics such as:
- Rolling out our new Microsoft Edge across multiple platforms
- The need to manage Microsoft Edge in a BYOD environment
- Signed in or tried to sign into Microsoft Edge
- Use multiple profiles in Microsoft Edge
- Feel like it utilizes too much RAM or CPU
You can find more information and links to add these calls to your calendar by clicking Learn More below.
Debug z-index stacking with 3D View in DevTools
We are thrilled to announce the next iteration of 3D View in the Microsoft Edge DevTools, with a new feature to help debug z-index stacking context. The general 3D View shows a representation of the DOM (Document Object Model) depth using color and stacking, and the z-Index view helps you isolate the different stacking contexts of your page.
Coming soon, we’ll have a better highlighting experience between the Elements panel and 3D View, UI improvements, and new camera controls. We’d love to hear what else you’d like to see from this experience! What other features would help you with your day to day debugging? Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter, or just click "Send feedback" in the Microsoft Edge "Help and Feedback" menu at any time.
Click below to learn more about 3D View and how to use it.
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Two new features for the new tab page
We're happy to highlight two new features on the Microsoft News version of the new tab page (NTP). You can now rename any of your quick links, and customize the language and location for news content.
To rename a quick link, just open a new tab and hover over one of the tiles. You will see a More options (...) button appear. Choose this button, and then choose Rename. Enter the custom name you prefer and choose Save.
To change the location for news content, open the Page content menu by clicking the gear icon in the upper right of the NTP. At the bottom of this menu, you will see a Language & content dropdown with a selection of locations and languages for news. Choose the one that suits you, and the NTP will refresh with new content.
Collections should now sync properly
Last week many of you reported an issue with Collections sync. Collections which had been updated on another device (or in another channel) would not update in the Collections pane until Microsoft Edge was restarted. As of today's Dev channel update the issue is now fixed. This a great example of how your feedback drives action on the team. It's sincerely appreciated, and we encourage you to keep it coming. If you spot issues with sync, just let us know by clicking the Send feedback button. Thanks for helping us improve Microsoft Edge!
Search Privately with Bing
Today, we are introducing InPrivate search with Microsoft Bing as a continuation of our privacy efforts inside Microsoft Edge. While browsing InPrivate, searches made using Bing are not associated with your account or device and will never appear in or influence your Bing search suggestions.
We’ve added a few visual indicators on Bing.com to help remind you that you are searching privately: a grey banner along the search box area, "InPrivate" hint text within the search box, and removing the ability to sign-in to Bing.com. In addition, we’ve disabled single sign-on when on Bing.com to ensure your search history is never associated with your Microsoft account(s).
To give this a try, set Bing as your default search engine in Microsoft Edge Settings under Privacy and Services / Address bar, and then open a new InPrivate window through the Settings and more (…) menu. InPrivate search with Microsoft Bing is only available within InPrivate windows in the desktop version of Microsoft Edge and will be available on mobile soon.
Favorites synchronization has been re-enabled
We apologize that it has taken us longer than expected to re-enable the synchronization of your favorites. We have fixed several issues, and are aware of additional issues that will be addressed soon. In some cases, as the devices start to sync again, there might be instances of unexpected behavior (for instance deleted favorites reappear). Any further updates should successfully spread to other clients (for instance if you delete a favorite after all your clients are recovered, that delete should stick). If you run into an issue with favorites synchronization please file a feedback, with diagnostics.
Thank you for bearing with us as we identified the causes of our synchronization issues. We truly appreciate your patience with us while we work diligently to get this feature re-enabled.
Announcing the draft Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge version 79
Get started building extensions for the new Microsoft Edge
We're excited to announce that the Microsoft Edge Addons store is now accepting new extensions. For all insiders, this means that an increased number of extensions is around the corner. For those of you who own an existing extension, this means it's time to submit your extension for inclusion in the store. Because the new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, most existing Chromium extensions will work as-is.
Click below to head to the Microsoft Edge Blog and read our summary post. Here you will find information about how to submit and develop extensions for the new Microsoft Edge. Support is available if you are having difficulty submitting your existing extensions. If you want to develop a new extension, or if you want to learn about Microsoft Edge-specific APIs that you might want to leverage in your existing extension, we have documentation available.
Announcing full support for Windows high contrast themes
Hello insiders, we’re happy to announce that high contrast support is now enabled by default for all users in all channels. Both the web browser and web content now fully support the high contrast themes available in Windows. This feature brings significantly improved legibility and readability of textual content.
To give this a try, select a high contrast theme in Windows settings. For Windows 10 and Windows 8, high contrast settings are in the Settings app under Ease of access. For Windows 7, right click on the desktop and choose Personalize and then choose one of the high contrast themes from the list of themes presented.
You can use high contrast occasionally or all the time – we’ll increase contrast on every site, so that you can continue to focus on content, not style. Our implementation of high contrast in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge matches the support we offer in legacy Microsoft Edge, and guarantees text readability against any background by adding a text backplate filled with the system background color.
For developers we’ve added a number of new features:
- Support for new CSS media feature forced-colors
- The ability to override any modifications with forced-colors-adjust property
- Support for new CSS System Colors keywords
- Aliased -ms-high-contrast to forced-colors, and -ms-high-contrast-adjust to forced-colors-adjust
- Match prefers-color-scheme: light or dark values based on Windows theme primary colors.
Please give this a spin and let us know what you think! You can reach us by choosing Send feedback. Thanks!
Pin sites to the taskbar for quick access
The taskbar pinning wizard helps you pin your favorite sites to the taskbar. The pinning wizard suggests up to 6 sites to pin based on your browsing history. If there’s not enough browsing history to offer personalized suggestions, you’ll get suggestions for popular sites instead.
In the future, we plan to introduce the taskbar pinning wizard to users at specific times while they’re using Microsoft Edge. In the meantime, you can try it out by launching it manually. Open the Settings and more (…) menu, choose More tools and then Launch taskbar pinning wizard.
If you have feedback about the suggestions you received, we’d like to hear it. Click the Send feedback button to share your thoughts. We value your opinion!
Microsoft Edge for ARM arrives in the Dev channel
A few weeks ago we released Microsoft Edge for ARM to the Canary channel, and now we're happy to announce we have moved it up to the Dev channel as well. Dev is now running natively for the ARM64 architecture, which is used in some Windows 10 devices like the new Surface Pro X. The ARM version of Microsoft Edge will automatically replace the previous configuration, in which the 32-bit version was running in an emulator.
We are still working on one issue: Video playback on some premium media sites may not always work as expected. We expect to address this issue in an upcoming release.
Please let us know if you experience any other issues, either moving to the ARM version or after you're upgraded. You can choose Send feedback or stop by the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. Thanks for helping us build the new Microsoft Edge!
Even more colors in Immersive Reader
With this new version of Microsoft Edge Beta, we have expanded the number of colorful themes available in the Immersive Reader. You can now select from 22 different background colors. These themes help you personalize your reading experience to reduce eye strain and increase comprehension.
To see the new options, just navigate to any article on the web and then choose the Enter immersive reader option from the right end of the address box. Once you're in the reader, choose Text preferences from the toolbar and then under Page themes choose More themes to see all the options. Select the one you want to try and the background color will fade into place right away.
Try out WebView2 with the new interactive API sample
Developers, back at Microsoft Build 2019 we introduced a preview of the WebView2 control, powered by the new Microsoft Edge. Since then we've been talking with the community, collecting feedback, and delivering updates. Recently we built a sample app using WebView2 and illustrating what it can do, including navigation, messaging, and object injection. If you're interested in seeing it in action or even using it as a starting point for your own application, head over to the Microsoft Edge Blog to learn more.
Start syncing your Collections
Hello insiders, we're happy to announce that the Collections feature is now enabled by default for all users in the Dev and Canary channels. You no longer need to enable the feature flag to use Collections... just click the Collections button in the toolbar to get started.
Collections allows you to gather, organize, export, and share content on the web. If you've been using it, you may have noticed some improvements along the way. Collections now sync between devices, you can rename card titles, and more. To read the latest about collections, click below to visit our blog post... and of course let us know what you think and how it's working for you by choosing the Send feedback button.
Check out grammar tools and text spacing options in Immersive Reader
The Immersive Reader has some cool new experiences we'd love for our insider community to check out. These experiences help students learn as they read and at the same time ensure that the content is inclusive for everyone. To see these in action, first find an article from your favorite website and then choose the Enter immersive reader option from the right side of the address box.
For students who are trying to learn syllables, there is an easy way to see words split into syllables right within the article. It can be done by toggling the Syl-la-bles option within Grammar Tools, on the toolbar.
Similarly, students looking to learn parts of speech, can choose Nouns, Verbs, or Adjectives toggles, to see those parts of speech highlighted in the article, with the selected color for each. For students with color-blindness, there is an option to Show labels that puts a part of speech indicator above each individual word.
For students who might need help with visual crowding, there is an option to manage the text spacing as well. It is present as a toggle under the Text preferences option in the toolbar. With one click, the article is shown with more space between the characters in each word, more space between words and lines which helps with better reading.
All these experiences seamlessly integrate with the rich content in Immersive Reader to help students read better and learn without any change in context.
Let us know how these features are working for you, and what else you'd like to see in Immersive Reader, by choosing the Send feedback button from the toolbar. Thanks for helping with the new Microsoft Edge.
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Improving tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge
Improvements to the tracking prevention feature have been added to all channels. These improvements are largely focused on Balanced mode, where we have increased the amount of trackers we're blocking by default while ensuring that sites you care about continue to work as expected. To do this we're relaxing tracking prevention for sites and organizations that you have a relationship with. This is measured by combining data on which organizations own certain sites with a client-side "engagement score" which rates your level of engagement with a site based on recent usage.
These and a few other improvements are described in detail in our blog post, which you can reach by clicking below. Please let us know how tracking prevention is working for you and what you'd like to see from it in the future by choosing the Send feedback button the toolbar. Thanks for all your help as we work to keep you in control on the web!
Try the new PDF text highlighter
We've completed rolling out another improvement for the PDF viewer to Dev and Canary channels. You can now highlight text within any PDF from the web or from your computer, and save or print with the highlights. To give this a try, open a PDF which contains text and select some with the mouse. Then, right click and you will see a Highlight sub-menu at the top of the context menu. Choose that option, and then pick a color, and the selected text will be highlighted. If you'd like to change the color or remove the highlight, just right click on the highlighted text, choose the Highlight sub-menu again, and pick a new color or the None option.
We have more improvements planned, including a highlighter pen. Let us know what annotation options you'd like to see in the PDF viewer by dropping us a quick note via the Send feedback icon, or visiting the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. Thanks for testing this out for us and for helping to build the new Microsoft Edge!
Your feedback counts: New "update available" icon
Insiders, we're always listening to your feedback and making changes and course-corrections. You may have noticed a small example of this recently when we made a change to how we let you know visually that an update is available. Previously we would replace the "..." icon for the Settings and more menu entirely with a round green icon. If you clicked on this icon, the Settings and more menu would open, with a special option to take the update at the top. However, many users pointed out that the change in icon from "..." to the green icon was not intuitive, and left them thinking that the Settings and more button was missing entirely. To address this we've left the "..." in place at all times, and simply add a little green arrow icon overlay to indicate an update is available. We think this will reduce confusion while still being a noticeable indicator that a new build is ready.
Thanks for all your help on the new Microsoft Edge, and keep that feedback coming!
Learn more about inking on PDF files
In case you missed it a few weeks back, the PDF viewer in the new Microsoft Edge now supports inking. If you haven't given it a try yet, just open any PDF and choose Draw from the toolbar. You can write on the file, erase strokes, and of course save and print your notes.
The PDF team has written an introduction to this feature and started a conversation on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. Just click below to head on over there now to learn more and participate in the conversation.
Get more info about Google Chrome import
A few weeks ago we introduced some new functionality that made it easier to bring your Google Chrome experience into the new Microsoft Edge. We now support importing favorites, browsing history, saved passwords, form-fill data, tabs, and certain settings. We'd love to know whether you've tried this and how it worked for you. We've posted some more detailed information and started a discussion on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. Just click below to read the article and then let us know what you think.
Microsoft Edge for ARM comes to the Canary channel
We're pleased to announce that Microsoft Edge for ARM is now available in the Canary channel. This means that Canary is now built natively for the ARM64 architecture that powers some Windows 10 devices, including the new Surface Pro X. Native ARM support will come to the Dev and Beta channels in the coming weeks, replacing the current configuration in which the 32-bit version runs on ARM-powered devices using an emulator.
If you have an ARM device, please give this a try on the Canary channel. You will need to make sure you're running 80.0.331.2 or higher. You can check your version, and check for updates, by opening the Settings and more (...) menu, choosing Help and feedback, and then selecting About Microsoft Edge. If you don't have the Canary channel yet, click below to install it. Remember, you can run all of the insider channels on the same device at the same time.
There is one issue we are aware of at this time: Video playback on some premium media sites may not always work as expected. We expect to address this issue in an upcoming release.
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Welcome to Microsoft Edge for ARM
Welcome insiders! We're pleased to announce that you've been updated to the first preview build of Microsoft Edge for ARM. This means that the Microsoft Edge Canary channel is now running natively in the ARM64 architecture that powers this Windows 10 device. Native ARM support will come to the Dev and Beta channels in the coming weeks, replacing the previous configuration in which the 32-bit version runs on your device using an emulator.
We need your help to make sure everything is running smoothly. If you spot an issue, whether you think it might be related to ARM or not, please let us know by choosing the Send feedback smiley in the toolbar. We need and truly appreciate feedback from trailblazing insiders like yourself who are running the new Microsoft Edge on this relatively new architecture. We're truly thankful for your help!
There is one issue we are aware of at this time: Video playback on some premium media sites may not always work as expected. We expect to address this issue in an upcoming release.
Save the date: Microsoft Edge general availability is expected January 15, 2020
On November 4 we updated the Beta channel with Microsoft Edge version 79, which contains many of the fixes and improvements that have been introduced in the Dev and Canary channels these past weeks. We also announced that version 79 is the final Beta before general availability of the new Microsoft Edge. Over the coming weeks we will carefully monitor feedback and make a final set of Beta channel fixes in preparation to launch the stable channel, which is expected on January 15, 2020. On this day we will invite everyone to download and install the new Microsoft Edge on all supported versions of Windows and macOS. We hope you're as eager as we are to share what we are building together with your friends, family, and colleagues. Thanks so much for helping us get to this next big step, and keep that feedback coming!
Microsoft Edge has a new look!
One of the top questions you’ve asked us is when we’re going to update our icon. We’re excited to share that our new look was unveiled yesterday at Ignite 2019, and the first builds of Microsoft Edge with the new icon are now rolling out! We hope you like it as much as we do.
Hundreds of Insiders participated in a series of puzzles over the weekend to unlock the icon—and a surfing game hidden inside the browser—early. The hunt was spearheaded by a devoted group of Insiders on Resetera and a community-created Discord channel, who were the first to reach the end on Saturday. Want to see how the game unfolded? Check out what happened on @MSEdgeDev using the hashtag #FindWhatsNext. And if you just want to skip to the end and play the game, click below for the final clue.
Try these developer experiences for Microsoft Edge
Web developers, we've been listening and engaging with you for feedback, and making improvements to help you work better in the new Microsoft Edge. We've put together a summary of some of these features, including the Elements extension, VS Code debugger integration, the webhint site scanner, and our 3D DOM viewer. Click below to learn about each of these and how to get started and give feedback directly to our DevTools team.
Learn more about autofill and password security
Remembering your passwords and automatically filling them in is one of the most convenient and time-saving features of any modern browser. However, it's important to know that your passwords are stored securely so they can't be misused or stolen. The Autofill team has written a new article about autofill password security in the new Microsoft Edge, including how it's different from the current version of Microsoft Edge, tips for keeping your account secure, and a peek into future investments we're planning and considering. Click below to read this article on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum, and then stick around to discuss the topic with the community.
The new Microsoft Edge is the browser for business
At Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, we highlighted our approach to Microsoft Edge for businesses, with new features like IE mode, the enterprise new tab page that is integrated with Microsoft Search in Bing and Office 365, and tracking protection enabled by default. We also announced new capabilities for IT professionals, including the expansion of the FastTrack program to include Microsoft Edge, and the expansion of the App Assure program to cover compatibility of your websites. Click below to learn more about Microsoft Edge and Bing and Ignite at 2019.
Getting your sites ready for the new Microsoft Edge
Attention web developers: The new Microsoft Edge is coming! Now’s a great time to integrate Microsoft Edge into your tests so you are ready when the stable channel is released on January 15th, 2020.
Click below to head over to the Microsoft Edge blog and get started. This article covers how to get started with automated testing using Selenium WebDriver or Puppeteer, how to test in Internet Explorer mode, filing bugs and sharing feedback, and more.
Thanks for joining us on our journey to build the new Microsoft Edge. Feedback from the web developer community has been invaluable and will continue to drive our progress to our release in January and beyond. As always, if you have any questions or want to engage with the team, just reach out to @MSEdgeDev on Twitter.
Come discuss the top feedback we're hearing from you
Since we launched the Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary channels back in April, we've received over 230,000 pieces of feedback. Reports of specific bugs, feedback on features, and ideas for new functionality all drive action within the team, and we are so thankful for our great community of insiders for helping us build the new Microsoft Edge. For a while now we've been publishing a weekly summary of the top feedback we're hearing from you, so that we can acknowledge, provide updates, and host discussions on the issues most important to you. We published the latest summary today, and we invite you to head over to the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum to check it out and let us know what you think. We are especially interested to hear from you on a few of the topics for which we've recently started focused discussion threads such as the home button, favorites sorting, themes, and download save options. You can find links to each of these in the summary.
We generally post on Tuesdays, in sync with the regular Dev channel update, but you can always find the latest at https://aka.ms/MSEdgeTopFeedback. Thanks and see you there!
Tracking prevention has a new look
In the latest Beta update, we're debuting a new look for tracking prevention. You can check it out by opening the Settings and more (...) menu, choosing Settings, and then picking Privacy and services from the left pane. Here you can see and choose each of the three levels of protection, each explained in more detail. The recommended option is Balanced which blocks trackers from sites you haven't visited and known harmful trackers. You can choose to adjust down to Basic protection which offers the harmful tracker protection, or up to Strict which blocks most trackers but may make some sites not work properly.
You should also check out Blocked trackers, which is a list of each site blocked and the numbers of times it has been blocked. If you want to see how many trackers are blocked on a site you visit, click the View site information padlock on the left end of the address bar. You will see which trackers have been blocked, and have a chance to add the current site to the exceptions list.Let us know how tracking prevention is working for you by choosing the Send feedback smiley button. Thanks for being an insider!
New inking support and more in the PDF viewer
We're pleased to share some new features that have arrived in the PDF viewer.
Up first is the arrival of inking mode, which allows you to draw directly on a PDF file using your mouse, touch, or pen. To give it a try, just open any PDF from your computer or from the web. You will see two options Draw and Erase in the toolbar. Choose Draw to annotate the document with a blue pen. If you want to make a correction, choose Erase and move the pointer across any stroke to erase it. Once you're done, you can use Save or Print options with your annotated document. And stay tuned... we will be adding more pen colors, sizes, and types in future updates.
Also new in the PDF viewer is support for Microsoft Information Protection (MIP). Documents which have been protected by your organization with MIP encryption can now be viewed in Microsoft Edge if the logged in user has been granted access.
Let us know how these features are working for you, and let us know what else you'd like to see in the PDF viewer. Just use the Send feedback smiley. We're listening!
New features for the new tab page
We're pleased to announce some new features for the new tab page (or as we call it here on the Microsoft Edge team, the "NTP"). Open a new tab and check it out:
- The NTP now supports dark theme. When Microsoft Edge is in dark theme (you can change this in Settings under Appearance) the NTP will show dark colors for the search box, top sites, and your Microsoft News feeds.
- Personalizing your news feed is easier than ever. Just click Personalize (it’s the first item after My Feed in the feed header) to browse the categorized list of interests and add and remove them from your feed.
- You can further customize your NTP with various options for adjusting the visibility of content. Just click on the gear icon in the upper right of the NTP to see your options. In addition to the preset Focused, Inspirational, and Informational layouts, you can find new options under the Custom settings that allow you to fine tune the visibility of top sites, the image of the day, and news.
- If you're logged in using your work or school account, you can choose the Office 365 option and see a new NTP layout that connects you quickly and easily to the most relevant documents and websites in your Microsoft 365 environment. Stay tuned for more information about this powerful new option. We're excited to hear your feedback.
Immersive Reader has new read-aloud and text customization features
If you haven't tried Immersive Reader (formerly known as "reading view") in a while, this is a good time to take a look. There is an improved extraction algorithm, a new read-aloud capability, and options to change text size and colors. To give it all a try, just browse to an article on your favorite site and click the Enter immersive reader button that appears on the right end of the address bar.
Once you're in, you'll see the new toolbar at the top of the page. It will quickly retract out of view (to further minimize distractions) but you can get it back by left-clicking on the page or moving the mouse to the top. You can also get the toolbar to stay by clicking the Pin toolbar pushpin on the right end of the toolbar. To customize text options, click Text preference. Here you can move the slider to increase or decrease text size, and choose from four color themes, including a dark theme of course. You can also try the Read aloud feature to have your articles read to you.
The new algorithm will correctly detect and extract more articles more often, but we are always looking to improve. If you spot a website that doesn't offer Immersive Reader when it should, or doesn't extract an article correctly, please let us know by using the Send feedback smiley. Be sure to include the URL of the page you were looking at. Thanks in advance for your help!
Caret browsing: Browse and select text without a mouse
Hello insiders, we're happy to announce that caret browsing is now enabled by default for all users in the Dev and Canary channels. With caret browsing, you can navigate a web page with a keyboard and a cursor, much like you would while editing a document. You can select and copy text as well, and of course activate buttons and links as well.
To enable caret browsing, just press F7. A message will appear asking if you want to turn on caret browsing. You can suppress this prompt in the future by checking Don't ask me again when I press F7. Choose Turn on and you'll be in caret browsing mode. Try this on a text-rich website (you can press CTRL+L to jump keyboard focus to the address bar and enter in a new site). You should see a cursor, and you can use the arrow keys to move around. Hold down SHIFT while you use the arrow keys to select text, and press CTRL+C to copy it to the clipboard.
To exit caret browsing mode, press F7 again and if you see a prompt, choose Turn off
Have you been using tracking prevention? Check out the list of blocked trackers
If you've been using tracking prevention check out the list of blocked trackers in your settings. This view shows a list of sites that have been blocked from tracking you. The sites are sorted by which ones are blocked the most. To see the list, open the Settings and more (...) menu and then choose Settings. Click on Privacy and services in the left pane, and then below Tracking prevention choose Blocked trackers. The list will show each site blocked and the number of times it has been blocked.
If you ever want to start fresh, maybe to see how many trackers are blocked from just a single session, just click Clear data and then choose Clear to confirm.
Another way to view blocked trackers is on an individual web page. Just browse to a website and click on the View site information padlock on the left end of the address bar. The last item in the menu will show the count of blocked trackers, and clicking on it will show a list of those blocked for that site.
How has tracking prevention been working for you? We're interested to hear your feedback. Just choose the Send feedback smiley and let us know what you think.
Annotate your PDF files with new inking mode
Hello insiders, we're pleased to announce that the new inking mode for PDF files has now rolled out to everyone in the Dev and Canary channels. Inking mode allows you to draw directly on a PDF file using your mouse, touch, or pen.
To give it a try, just open any PDF from your computer or from the web. You will see two options Draw and Erase in the toolbar. Choose Draw to annotate the document with a blue pen. If you want to make a correction, choose Erase and move the pointer across any stroke to erase it. Once you're done, you can use the Save or Print options with your annotated document.
This is the just the first step for PDF inking. In the future we plan to add options to select different pen colors, sizes, and types, including a highlighter option. So give it a try, let us know what you think and what we should do next. Just choose the Send feedback smiley, or stop by the forum.
Changes to user-agent string overrides in Dev and Canary
To ensure our customers have a seamless browsing experience, we maintain a list in Microsoft Edge of websites that have known bugs related to improperly detecting our new Chromium-powered version of Microsoft Edge. Usually these bugs are solved by changing the user agent (UA) string sent by the browser, asking the server to return a version of the page built for Google Chrome or the current version of Microsoft Edge. You can see a list of these UA string overrides by typing "edge://compat" in the address bar and choosing User agent overrides.
Historically, these UA overrides have been applied on our Canary, Dev, and Beta channels. However, in the next week we will be making a change which only applies these overrides in the Beta channel. While this may mean that you'll see some new issues on websites in Canary and Dev (especially related to media playback) it will make it easier for you to help us identify issues now, before they're seen by the general public. It will also aid web developers in testing their sites and fixing any bugs.
As always, please report any website problem using the Send feedback smiley, and be sure to include the URL, a screenshot, and as much supporting information as you can. Even if you know the issue is a bug with a website and not with Microsoft Edge, your reports help us make the web better for everyone by informing website owners of their bugs, and helping the Microsoft Edge team understand common problems.
Import settings and tabs from Google Chrome
If you're a Google Chrome user, it just got a little easier to bring your existing browser experience with you into Microsoft Edge. We now support importing settings, open tabs, and pinned tabs from Chrome into Microsoft Edge. This is in addition to other import data types that we already supported: favorites, browsing history, saved passwords, and other form fill data.
To import from Chrome, start by opening the Settings and more (...) menu and then choosing Settings. In Profiles choose Import browser data under your currently active profile. Once the dialog box appears, choose Google Chrome under Import from and then check or un-check the boxes for each data type according to what you want to import. The two new options are at the bottom of the list: Settings and Open tabs. Choose Import to start the import process.
If you chose to import tabs, all of your open tabs from Chrome will be added to Microsoft Edge, and those that were pinned in Chrome will be pinned in Microsoft Edge. If you chose to import settings, the imported settings will be immediately applied.
For more information on import from Google Chrome, including the specific list of settings imported, see our help article by clicking below. Please give this a try and let us know how it's working. You can report bugs via the Send feedback smiley.
Import your Microsoft Edge reading list, including saved Web Notes
If you are a user of the current released version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, you can now bring one more piece of your data into the Dev and Canary channels. Now when you import favorites from Microsoft Edge, your reading list will be imported as well and placed into a special folder. Any Web Notes you saved to your reading list will migrate too.
To give this a try, choose your profile icon in the toolbar and then Manage profile settings. Choose Import browser data. Select Microsoft Edge from the Import from menu, and then make sure Favorites or bookmarks is checked. Press Import and when the confirmation message appears, choose Done.
Now choose the Favorites button from the toolbar and then click Manage favorites. In the navigation view on the left, you will see a new folder under Other favorites called Reading list saves which contains all your reading list items, recreated as favorites.
Let us know if everything is working for you. As always, thanks for being an insider.
See this week's top feedback summary
Hello insiders, we're back again with another top feedback summary post over in the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. This week we're highlighting top feedback that has been addressed, including the option to hide the smiley button from the toolbar, and new PDF inking features. We'd love to discuss these features and any of our top feedback with you in the forum. Click below to head over there, read the latest, and get involved.
See tabs that are open on another device with open-tabs sync
Hey insiders, we just finished rolling out sync for open tabs and we'd love for you to give it a try. With open-tabs sync, all open tabs from one device are visible in the History menu on another device logged in using the same Microsoft account or work or school account. This way you can pick up right where left off as you transition between devices. Insiders may also find tab sync useful because sync works between channels on the same device, so you can easily access a tab you have open in one channel when you're using another.
To access synced tabs, open the Settings and more (...) menu and choose History. At the bottom of the history menu, tabs from other devices will show up below the name of each device. Note that only the most recent tabs will show in the menu. You can click any tab in the menu to open it on the current device.
Open-tab sync will only work if you are signed in to each device using the same account, and have open-tab sync enabled on each device. To ensure you have open-tab sync enabled, click your profile icon in the toolbar and choose Manage profile settings. If sync is off, choose Turn on sync and follow any prompts that appear. Once sync is on, make sure Open tabs is enabled as well.
Please let us know how this is working for you by choosing Send feedback or stopping by the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum.
Introducing improved form controls in Microsoft Edge and Chromium
In the past several months we've been working with the Google Chrome team to modernize form controls like text boxes, checkboxes, dropdowns, and the date picker. We're happy to announce that refreshed controls are now available in the Canary and Dev channels, and will be coming to other Chromium browsers soon. These controls have a modern appearance and improved touch-friendliness and accessibility. One important accessibility improvement is that controls now support Windows high contrast settings. Whether you're using built-in high contrast themes or have customized colors to suit your needs and preferences, controls will now honor these settings.
We'd love to hear what you think about the new controls, and especially if you spot any problems with them. Just use the Send feedback smiley button, and be sure to include a screenshot if your feedback concerns the appearance of controls.
To learn more about this effort and the changes, click below to read our blog post.
Now available: Enterprise new tab experience
A new Microsoft Edge experience is now available in the Dev and Canary channels to make your workday go smoothly. When signed in with an Azure Active Directory work account, opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge will feature a new layout that connects you quickly and easily to the most relevant documents and websites in your Microsoft 365 environment. To give this a try, click on the gears icon in the upper right corner of the new tab page, and choose Office 365 from the menu. You can learn more about this experience at our upcoming Ignite event. We’re excited to get your feedback.
Try family safety features, now available for the insider channels
We're pleased to announce that the family safety features built in to Windows 10 and the current version of Microsoft Edge are now available in the insider channels as well. These features are available at https://family.microsoft.com, and include web filtering, SafeSearch, and activity reporting. Once you've set up your family, a child who logs in to Windows 10 using their account will be protected from content using the rules you've chosen, and their browsing activity can be made available for your review. Child accounts are also prevented from using InPrivate mode when activity reporting or web filtering is enabled.
You can verify that child safety features are in effect by opening the Settings and more (...) menu and seeing an item at the bottom of the menu which reads Managed by your family group.
Note that if your child is logged in to Windows using their account, all profiles created in Microsoft Edge will have family safety restrictions applied. If you want to disable family safety features, you'll need to log in to Windows with an adult account.
Please let us know how this works for you and any "junior insiders" in your family. If you encounter a problem, report it using the Send feedback smiley button.
Try the webhint v1 browser extension
Hey web developers, the webhint browser extension has moved from beta to v1 and is now available for the insider channels, as well as Chrome and Firefox. The webhint extension helps you scan a website right from DevTools and get quick feedback on accessibility, compatibility, and more.
After announcing the beta back in July, we received lots of great feedback and implemented a number of fixes and improvements. Improvements include suggestions for missing vendor prefixes, grouping of similar hints, and more granular accessibility categories.
For more information, including where to get webhint and its documentation, click below to read our v1 announcement blog post.
New features for the new tab page
We’re pleased to announce some new features for the new tab page (or as we call it here on the Microsoft Edge team, the “NTP”). Open a new tab to check it out:
- You can further customize your NTP with various options for adjusting the visibility of content. Just click on the gear icon in the upper right of the NTP to see your options. In addition to the preset Focused, Inspirational, and Informational layouts, you can find these options under the Custom settings.
- The NTP now supports dark theme. When Microsoft Edge is in dark theme (you can change this in Settings under Appearance) the NTP will show dark colors for the search box, top sites, and your Microsoft News feeds.
- Personalizing your news feed is easier than ever. Just click Personalize (it’s the first item after My Feed in the feed header) to browse the categorized list of interests and add and remove them from your feed.
To learn more click below to see our post on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum
Insider channels are available in 96 languages
To insiders from around the world, did you know that the insider channels can now be displayed in 96 different languages? If you've been an insider for a long time, you may not have noticed when your language came online.
To see if your language is available, open the Settings and more (...) menu, choose Settings and then choose Languages. Click the Add languages button and find your preferred language in the list. Check the checkbox, and then choose Add. The language you chose should appear in the list of languages. Click the More actions (...) button next to the newly added langague, and then check the box which reads Display Microsoft Edge in this language. A Restart button will appear next to the language. Click it to close and reopen the browser, which will now show in your preferred language.
If you speak a language other than English, we want to hear from you about the quality of our translations or about any feature which doesn't work right when Microsoft Edge is displayed in another language. Even if English is your primary language, if you speak or read something else, give it a try for a few days and let us know what you think.
Tracking prevention: Now enabled by default for Beta users
Tracking prevention is a feature that protects you from being tracked by websites that you aren’t accessing directly, giving you more control over your online data. By default, the feature is enabled and set to the Balanced level. You can configure this by opening the Settings and more (...) menu, choosing Settings, and then choosing Privacy and services.
To learn more about tracking prevention, click below to read our blog post.
See your favorites at the click of a button
Hello insiders, thanks to your feedback we've added a new Favorites button on the toolbar. This button gives you quick, one-click access to your favorites right from the toolbar. Just click the button and you'll see all your favorites in a cascading menu.
Of course if you're not a favorites user, or the favorites bar is your preference for quick access, you can remove the button from your toolbar. Just right click on it and choose Hide from toolbar. You can always bring it back by opening Settings and choosing Appearance.
As always, let us know if you have issues or ideas for us by choosing the Send feedback smiley, also nearby in the toolbar.
Sync passwords, addresses, and more across all your devices
We’re excited to announce the arrival of password and form-fill data sync in the Beta channel. If you are logged in to Microsoft Edge Beta with sync enabled, your passwords and other form data like addresses, phone numbers, and email will automatically sync with your other Windows or macOS devices also running Microsoft Edge insider channels. This will soon extend to other platforms like iOS and Android. Data will also sync between Beta, Dev, and Canary on the same device, making it easier to move between channels.
If you are already signed in with a Microsoft account and have sync enabled the new password and form-fill data sync has been automatically enabled for you. If you want to manage your sync settings, click on Settings and more and choose Settings. Under your profile choose Sync to turn sync on and off and to manage what data is kept in sync.
Please let us know how this is working for you and what you think by choosing the Send feedback smiley button.
Tell us what you think about the insider program
We are always looking for feedback to make Microsoft Edge better. Taking input on the way we listen is no exception! Last week we highlighted the changes we have made to our in-app feedback experience. Now, we are looking to you for feedback on how we can improve our social media and community presence. We would like to invite you to take a short survey and give us your honest opinion on our website, forum, and social media presence. We will use your ideas to help guide us in improving our community.
If you are a member of our community, follow us on Twitter, browse our insider website, or just want to share your thoughts, please click below to take our survey. Even if you haven't participated yet, we'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Choose a city below to learn more about the Bing Listens Tour and register today!
Prevent videos from playing automatically
To address a top request we've heard in feedback, we have introduced a setting which allows you prevent media from playing automatically when you arrive on a site.
To check this out, just open the Settings and more (...) menu, choose Settings and then Site permissions. Scroll down and click on Media autoplay. You can choose from two options: Allow and Limit. Allow is the default and will place no autoplay restrictions on sites and the Limit option will determine whether to block autoplay based on how you've used media on a given site in the past.
Give this a try and let us know how it works for you. We'd be especially interested to know if this isn't working on a particular website.
More options for better feedback
We love getting feedback from our insiders, and you haven’t disappointed. To date we’ve received almost 200,000 pieces of feedback. Thanks, and keep it coming! If you have a simple suggestion to make or want to let us know how you’re feeling about the next version of Microsoft Edge, just sending us your thoughts is great. But if you have a bug to report, there are some cool options you might not know about:
- You can edit the default screenshot by cropping and annotating it.
- You can view and choose which diagnostic logs are sent with your feedback.
- If the problem you saw is reproducible, you can record a special log while you recreate it.
- You can attach any file you think might be helpful, including extra screenshots or sample data.
To read more about these options and how to use them, check out our post on the Microsoft Edge Insider forum.
Share web pages with new Windows 10 sharing integration
For insiders on Windows 10, it's now easier to share web pages with other people and other apps. In the Settings and more (...) menu there is now a Share option which opens the Windows 10 sharing interface and allows rich sharing integration with your contacts, devices, and other apps.
There are a lot of possible share targets out there, so we'd love your assistance to make sure your favorite sharing scenarios are working as expected. Give them a try and when you find an issue please use the Send feedback button to let us know what happened. Thanks in advance for your help!
A quick update on Collections
Thanks to everyone who has tried our experimental preview of Collections in the Canary channel this past week. We’re happy to announce that with today’s update, Collections is now available in the Dev channel. To enable it, type “edge://flags#edge-collections” into the address bar to open the experimental settings page. Click the dropdown and choose Enabled, then select Restart to close and reopen Microsoft Edge. You will see a new icon for Collections in your toolbar. Click it to open the Collections pane and get started.
We’ve received a lot of great feedback about Collections so far. One of the top things we've heard from you is that you expect Collections to sync to your other devices where you are logged in to the same account. This is absolutely planned and is currently in development. We'll have more information on this in the coming weeks.
Thanks for being an insider, and keep the great feedback coming!
Sign-in and sync with work or school accounts
This week we're pleased to announce that browsing data will now sync through Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts associated with your work or school. If you sign-in using a work or school account your favorites, settings, passwords, form-fill data and more will now sync with Microsoft Edge Insider channels running on other Windows and macOS devices, provided you are logged in with the same account on each device.
To sign in, click the profile icon in the toolbar. If your current account isn't signed in, just choose Sign in and follow the prompts to use an existing or new work or school account. If you're already signed in to a Microsoft account on your current profile, click Add a profile to set up a new one first.
To enable sync or to control what kind of data is kept in sync, click on your profile icon in the toolbar and choose Manage profile settings. Click on Sync and then use the toggles to control when sync is enabled or disabled for your account, and to control which kinds of data are kept in sync.
This sync capability is available in the Beta, Dev, and Canary channels, so you can use it to keep multiple insider channels in sync on the same machine. Also, you can now choose to sync with the insider channels on Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android when logged in with your AAD account. You can find Microsoft Edge for mobile devices in the Google Play store or Apple App Store.
If you choose not to sync, you can still sign in with your AAD account for personalized experiences such as single sign on. Click below to learn more about AAD sync on the Microsoft Edge blog.
Sync form-fill and password data with Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android
Hello insiders, if you use Microsoft Edge for iOS or Android you should check out the new capability to sync passwords and form-fill data with the Microsoft Edge Insider channels. This is available for both Microsoft accounts as well as work or school accounts.
To get started, open Microsoft Edge on your iOS or Android device, and be sure you are signed in either with your Microsoft account or a work/school account. Go to Settings. Under Accounts choose your currently active account, then choose Sync. Under Data items enable both Autofill and Passwords. Your form-fill data and passwords will now sync between the Microsoft Edge Insider channels and Microsoft Edge on your mobile device, provided you are logged in to the same account on each.
If you haven’t tried Microsoft Edge on your iOS or Android device, you can install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. To enable sync, you'll need to log in with a Microsoft account or a work/school account and then change your sync settings to sync with Microsoft Edge Insider channels instead of Microsoft Edge.
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Check out the new 3D DOM viewer in DevTools
Inspired by the Tilt feature in Firefox Dev Tools, we have released an experimental version of our 3D DOM viewer. This feature allows you to see a page in 3D, with depth used to visualize the DOM hierarchy. To check it out, follows these steps:
- Type "edge://flags/#enable-devtools-experiments" into the address bar, and set Developer Tools experiments to Enabled. Restart the browser.
- Press F12 to open DevTools for any web page.
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+P to open the command prompt and type "Experiments". Press ENTER
- Check the box that says Enable DOM 3D view. Then close DevTools and reopen it.
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+P again and run command "DOM 3D View". The viewer will open.
- Go back to the browser window and refresh it. In DevTools you should now see a Take snapshot button. Select the button and enjoy the 3D visualization of your web page.
Let us know what you think by choosing Send feedback or find us on Twitter @EdgeDevTools.
Install the Beta channel today
We’re excited to announce that the Microsoft Edge Beta channel is now available for download. Beta is the third and final channel to come online before launch. It will see major updates every 6 weeks after features have been through testing in the Canary and Dev channels. After each major update there will be periodic minor updates for bug fixes and security.
You will notice that the Beta channel has a lower version and will often lack some features which are available in Canary and Dev. This is intentional. The Beta channel will be our most stable channel, representing what we intend to release soon. The Canary and Dev channels will remain the right place to see the latest features, often before they are finished or tested thoroughly.
Collections is ready for a first look
We're happy to announce that the Collections feature is now enabled by default for all users in the Dev and Canary channels. You no longer need to enable the feature flag to use Collections, simply launch either channel and click the Collections button in the toolbar to get started.
Collections allows you to gather, organize, export, and share content on the web. If you've been using it, you may have noticed some improvements along the way, such as collections sync between devices, the ability to rename card titles, and more. To read the latest about collections, click below to visit our blog post, and of course let us know what you think and how it's working for you by clicking the Send feedback button in the browser.
Sync passwords, addresses, phone numbers, and more with your Microsoft account
We’re excited to announce the arrival of password and form-fill data sync. If you are logged in to Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary with sync enabled, your passwords and other form data like addresses, phone numbers, and email will automatically sync with your other Windows or macOS devices also running Dev or Canary. This will soon extend to other platforms like iOS and Android. Data will also sync between Dev and Canary on the same device, making it easier to move between insider channels.
If you are already signed in with a Microsoft account and have sync enabled the new password and form-fill data sync has been automatically enabled for you. If you want to manage your sync settings, click on Settings and more and choose Settings. Under your profile choose Sync to turn sync on and off and to manage what data is kept in sync.
Please let us know how this is working for you and what you think by choosing the Send feedback smiley button. Thanks for being an insider!
Read aloud getting better with the cloud
The Read Aloud feature is getting even better! With help from the cloud, new voice options have been added for select languages, removing the need to download and install additional language packs. We’ve also added XiaoXiao, Katja, and Elsa, three new "Neural" voices, which are meant to sound more natural than ever.
To learn more about the new cloud powered voices, check out our blog post by clicking below. When you give them a try, we'd love to know what you think. Click the Send feedback button to drop us a note.
Netflix playback works again
There was a known issue in this week’s Dev build that caused Netflix playback to fail with the D1711-1331 error code. This has been fixed in all Insider channels as of today's Dev channel update.
Clear browsing data when you close Microsoft Edge
In today's update we are introducing a new feature which allows you to clear browsing data when you close Microsoft Edge. You can select which elements of browsing data you want cleared any time you close the last browser window of a specific profile.
To access this option, choose Settings and more (...) and then Settings. From the left pane, choose Privacy and services and then click on Choose what to clear every time you close the browser. You'll see a screen in which you can choose which types of data are cleared when you close the browser.
Use Elements for Microsoft Edge to debug in VS Code
Last month we released the new Elements for Microsoft Edge extension for VS Code and we'd love for web developers to give it a try and let us know what you think. Using Elements you can inspect and debug the DOM directly from VS Code and see the impact of changes to the page in real time. This is an initial preview that we'll use to help us better understand the issues you have manipulating and debugging HTML/CSS across browser tools and your editor.
Click below to read our blog post about getting started and providing feedback.
Check out the webhint browser extension
We're excited to announce the beta of the webhint extension for Microsoft Edge DevTools. With webhint integrated directly into DevTools, web developers can run site scans and see results right in Microsoft Edge. We also offer versions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. To find out more, get started, and learn how you can provide feedback and log issues, click below to read our announcement blog post.
Microsoft Edge is ready for business
With today's Dev channel update, Microsoft Edge is ready for business. You can download offline installers for Windows 7,8, 8.1, and 10 as well as macOS, download policy file templates and try out IE-mode.
We have more coming soon, but in the meantime, you can test out deploying the next Microsoft Edge browser across your enterprise. You can get more information on deployment and management of our browser at https://docs.microsoft.com/DeployEdge.
As always, we are really interested in your thoughts on our progress. Please let us know how you feel about these features and more by using the smiley at the top of the browser window, next to the Profile button, or by going to our forums. We have just opened a new sub-forum dedicated to Enterprise issues and comments.
Controlled Feature Rollouts
Are you interested in learning more about how Microsoft ensures that our new features don’t affect either the stability or the performance of the browser? Our engineers have put together a small article talking about how and why we do controlled feature roll outs.
We would love for you to read through it and tell us how you feel we are doing so far.
Use Microsoft Edge in 11 new languages
Today we are introducing the ability to see the Microsoft Edge user interface in 11 new languages. If you speak one of these languages, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. If you find something that was not translated very well, wasn't translated at all, or isn't displaying correctly in the UI, please use the Send feedback smiley to let us know right away.
The newly added languages are: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
To change your display language:
- Open the Settings and more menu and choose Settings
- In the left pane, choose Languages
- Choose the Add languages button
- Search or scroll to your language of choice and select it. Choose the Add button. The selected language will now appear at the bottom of your languages list.
- Click the More actions button next to the newly added language, and check Display Microsoft Edge in this language.
- A Restart button will appear next to the language. Click to restart the browser and see the user interface in the selected language.
Dark mode for settings pages
We have heard you and starting with today’s Developer channel update, your Settings pages will all respect your preferred theme. We have a little more work to do with the dark mode changes, but we would love to know what you think of our work so far.
As always, use Send Feedback or visit the insider forum to tell us how it’s working for you and share your ideas for what we should do next.
Try the “Show icon only” option in the favorites bar
One of the top requests we've heard from your feedback was an option to display favorites in the favorites bar with only an icon and not the name of the favorite. This functionality is available in the current public version of Microsoft Edge but was not available in the insider channels. We've been listening, and we recently added this option in Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary.
To give it a try, just right click on a favorite in your favorites bar and choose Show icon only. The name of the favorite will disappear and only the icon will remain. To show the name again, just right click and unselect the Show icon only option.
This feature allows you to display more favorites on your favorites bar if you have some sites with recognizable and unique icons, while others require a displayed name to be recognizable. If you spot an issue with this functionality, or just have feedback, please choose Send feedback in the toolbar and let us know your thoughts.
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Reading view is now available for everyone
We're excited to announce that the reading view feature has completed rolling out to everyone in the Microsoft Edge Insider channels. Reading view lets you read web content without distraction by showing articles on the web in a clean and immersive reading experience free from content that isn't part what you want to focus on.
If Microsoft Edge detects that you are viewing web content suitable for reading view, a book shaped icon will appear on the right side of the address bar. If you click on this icon the page will be transformed into a cleaner layout optimized for efficient reading.
Please give reading view a try and let us know what you think. We'd especially like to know if reading view is working as you expect on your favorite websites. If the reading view icon is not showing when you expect it to, or articles are showing incomplete or improperly formatted, please let us know by choosing the Send feedback option in the toolbar. Be sure to include the full URL of the page that isn't working for you.
For more information about reading view and coming-soon grammar tools check out the article we posted on the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum. Also, know that page customization options that allow you to change the look and feel of Reading View are coming a little ways down the road.
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Try the new built-in translator
We're excited to have you check out the built-in translator feature, now available for all users in the Dev channel. We support translating to and from over 50 languages, bringing more of the web to you.
To test this out, just navigate to a page in a different language, and in most cases a prompt will appear offering to translate the page. If we don't offer the option automatically, you can click the translation symbol in the address bar to see translation options for the page. You can also access it via the context menu for a page.
For more information about the new translator, check out our forum article on the topic by clicking below.
Dark mode is here
With today's Dev channel update, you can use a large part of Microsoft Edge in dark mode if you have your Windows 10 or macOS theme set to dark. Your tabs, address bar, toolbar, menus, and other elements will now use dark colors. We’ll expand dark mode in the coming weeks, to include other parts of the browser, such as settings, favorites, history, and other pages. Also, we’ve heard your feedback, and we’ll be adding a setting to Microsoft Edge that allows you to use dark mode independent of your operating system setting.
For now, to turn on dark mode on Windows 10, open Start and choose Settings. Select Personalization and then Colors. Under Choose your default app mode, pick Dark. If you’re using Windows Insider builds or have the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, under Choose your color, pick Dark.
To turn on dark mode on macOS, select the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen, and choose System Preferences. Choose General (usually the first in the list) and under Appearance, choose Dark.
As always, let us know how this feature is working for you by choosing Send feedback from the toolbar.
Tell us what you think about form controls and components
Spellcheck is now available to everyone
See what we shared at Microsoft Build 2019
At the Microsoft Build conference here in Seattle, Satya previewed a set of new features we’re exploring, designed to help your productivity and give you more control when getting things done on the web. Click below to see more about collections, privacy tools, and Internet Explorer mode.
While these features aren’t yet available in the insider channels, we’d love to get your thoughts on what we’ve shared. Feel free to use the Send feedback button or head to the Microsoft Edge Insider Forum to discuss.
Check out the new voices in Read Aloud
The Read Aloud feature, which you can start from the right click context menu or from the Settings and more menu, now supports more natural sounding voices out of the box.
When you turn on Read Aloud and click the Voice options button, you’ll notice new "24kRUS" voice options. These voices sound more natural than ever. We’d love for you to give them a try and also let us know what you think about the Read Aloud experience in general. Please let us know if you run into issues or if you have any feedback by clicking the Send feedback button.
Insider channels are now available for 32-bit Windows 10
If you have a 32-bit Windows 10 device, you can now install both Microsoft Edge Insider Channels. Just browse to www.microsoftedgeinsider.com on your device and follow the prompts. You don't need to do anything to tell us you want the 32-bit version. The installer will automatically detect the system architecture and install the right version of Microsoft Edge for your device.
Let us know if you spot any issues in the 32-bit version by choosing Send feedback from the toolbar.
Help improve autofill for forms
The autofill team wants your help to improve the experience of using forms in Microsoft Edge. As you browse the web please let us know what you think about autofill and share any sites where autofill features don't work as expected. This might include:
- Passwords not being saved for a site or saving of incorrect credentials
- Issues with filling saved payment or contact information
If you encounter these or have suggestions for improving the experience, please use the Send feedback button in the toolbar. Be sure to include the website which had an issue in your feedback.
Also, if payment and contact info was not already imported for you, you can specify it yourself by clicking on Settings and more in the toolbar, and then choosing Settings from the menu. Under Your profile choose Payment info or Addresses and more, and add your payment or contact information.
Thanks for your help, and thanks for being a Microsoft Edge Insider!
Help us give our PDF reader a workout
The PDF team wants your help to make sure the PDF reader in Microsoft Edge is working great for you. To participate, just use Microsoft Edge to browse to some of your PDFs on the web, make sure they look right, and try out some of the features available from the PDF reader toolbar. If you spot a problem or just have a suggestion, please submit feedback using the Send feedback button.
If you want to go the extra mile, consider making Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary your default PDF handler in Windows 10. In any File Explorer window, browse to a folder which contains a PDF. Right click on any PDF and choose Open with and then Choose another app. In the popup that appears, select Microsoft Edge Dev or Microsoft Edge Canary and then check the box for Always use this app to open .PDF files and press OK.
Thanks for your help, and thanks for being a Microsoft Edge Insider!
Media casting is now available
The media casting feature, which allows you to play video and other media directly from Microsoft Edge to an external device, is now fixed. If there are casting devices available, you can give it a try. Navigate to a page which has videos or photos. Choose the Cast media to device option from the More tools menu. Select a device, and content from the current page will be shown on the target device. Please let us know if you run into issues or have feedback by clicking the Send feedback button.
Some sign in and sync limitations
There are some limitations to the sign in and sync experience in our insider channels. We are working to expand these features, and will let you know when new functionality is available.
- Browsing history and extensions do not yet sync between devices. Browsing history is required for Windows Timeline, so you also won’t see browsing history from other devices on your timeline.
- The Collections feature is now available in some insider channels, but the collections you create will not sync between devices
- You cannot sync between the insider versions of Microsoft Edge and the current in-market version of Microsoft Edge on your PC.
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