Microsoft Edge update is set to bring back PDF search, inking support

Microsoft Edge could be getting two long-overdue features – new
search capabilities in PDF documents and improved touch
support.

No, Microsoft Edge won’t compete with full-fledged PDF editors
like Adobe, but it’s slowly getting back features from legacy
Edge (also known as UWP Edge).

If you downloaded a PDF file with the previous Microsoft Edge,
you’d have noticed Edge’s excellent PDF rendering capabilities.
You could navigate to a page, browser documents in two-pane
views, zoom in and out smoothly, and then highlight important
points.

These features are now available in Chromium-based Edge and
Microsoft is also restoring the new search tool for PDF
documents.

Edge PDF search

In Edge Canary, users can now access a new ‘search’ icon at the
top of the page, which allows you to search for terms available
in the PDF document.

Inking capabilities for touch user

With Chromium Edge, Microsoft recently introduced a new feature
called ‘Web
Capture‘, which allows users to take a screenshot of the
web content and then copy to the clipboard.

In Edge Canary builds, Microsoft is experimenting with a new
feature that will allow you to draw on screenshots taken with
Web Capture. This option could be handy for those with pen and
touch-supported device.

The feature is currently rolling out with Canary builds of
Microsoft Edge, and it’s unclear when it will arrive for the
general public.

Edge web inking feature

It’s worth noting that users will not see the inking option if
they aren’t using a supported device. Nevertheless, it’s
already possible for non-pen or non-touch users to turn on the
inking feature in Microsoft Edge and draw using their mouse.

The feature also appears to be in the early stage of
development and it doesn’t appear to be working even with
compatible hardware.

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