Microsoft Edge to get new PDF features and more

Microsoft Edge PDF features

Thanks to browsers like Microsoft Edge, the days of using a PDF
reader to view documents are pretty much over. Microsoft Edge
lets you open all PDF files and it comes with advanced
features, such as reading mode and even a
dictionary that lets you look up definitions in the

As part of the upcoming Edge updates, Microsoft is currently
working on improving the built-in PDF reader of its browser.
For example, Microsoft is introducing support for “free text
boxes” within the document. As the name suggests, this will
allow users to add free form text boxes to documents.

Using the new feature, you can easily add text boxes to PDF to
fill in forms and add visible notes. According to the official
roadmap, Microsoft Edge is also getting support for
“freeform highlighters”. This feature will arrive with
Microsoft Edge 95 and it will allow users to highlight sections
on PDFs.

With freeform highlighters, you can actually add comments to
restricted PDF documents as well as scanned documents.

Additionally, another feature will allow users to navigate
through their PDF document using thumbnails that will appear in
the pane on the left side, similar to the new PDF reading
experience in Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge tab grouping and other improvements

Microsoft is also borrowing Chrome’s tab groups feature for
Chromium Edge version 93, which is scheduled to arrive in early
August in the beta channel. As you’re probably aware,
Microsoft’s tab grouping feature lets you organize tabs with
names and colours, similar to Google Chrome.

This new addition to the browser makes it easy for anyone to
create a group of tabs for various tasks.

Edge tab groups

If you can’t wait, you can try tab group by manually turning on
the feature from the flags menu.

Once done, you need to right-click on a tab and create a group.
From there, give colour and name to the tab group. By following
these simple tabs, you can create as many groups as you want.

The tab groups feature is also compatible with the vertical
tabs layout of the browser.

For Windows 11 users,
Microsoft is working on a new and modern design for Edge
that incorporates design elements from the Fluent Design
System. In addition to Fluent Design, Microsoft Edge is also
getting support for Mica, a new material that incorporates the
theme and desktop wallpaper of Windows 11.

Microsoft Edge’s Fluent Design update is expected to land in
the stable channel later this year.

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