Microsoft Edge’s PDF reader gets a nifty new feature on Windows 11, Windows 10

Since the release of the original Chromium-based Edge in 2020,
Microsoft has been updating Windows 11’s default browser with
new features almost every month. The browser has received
support for a feature-rich PDF editor, password generator,
vertical tabs, better control over tracking or notifications
and more.

In early 2021, Microsoft Edge added support for a feature
called Web Capture which lets you easily take full page
screenshots of websites. Microsoft began working on an improved
version of Web Capture after receiving feedback from users who
said the feature should be updated to work with PDF documents.

Instead of developing another screenshot tool for PDFs,
Microsoft decided to improve the existing implementation of
Edge’s Web Capture. Starting with Edge Canary Version
99.0.1111.0, it is now possible to take full-page screenshots
of PDF documents having several pages.

Microsoft Edge Web Capture

In order to test out Web Capture for PDF, you’ll first need to
download the Canary build of Microsoft Edge, and then wait for
the feature to automatically show up on your device.

Edge Web Capture

Once you’ve updated the browser, open a PDF and visit the
browser’s menu by clicking on “three dots” and selecting “Web
Capture”. Similar to how Edge handles screenshots for web
pages, this feature will also open a selection tool that would
allow you to capture the content of PDF documents.

Of course, you can also use Ctrl+Shift+S to open the Web
Capture selection tool and take a snap of PDF pages. You’ll
need to select the area (pages or parts of pages) you want to
capture in the screenshot. Once you’re done, another menu will
appear allowing you to copy the capture or add notes.

You can draw on the screenshots using a variety of different
colours (works best with a stylus, but the cursor is also
supported).

As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft is still testing
Edge’s Web Capture support for PDF documents. The feature will
be released officially in January or Feb when users would have
tested it thoroughly.

Additionally, Microsoft is also working on a big
Windows clipboard upgrade for Chromium Edge and Google
Chrome. As per documents seen us, Microsoft’s new API will
allow users to copy and paste a wide variety of files between
the browser and native apps on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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