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Microsoft Edge is getting a very fancy new PDF feature

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Working with PDFs will soon be even easier in Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) as Microsoft is currently working on a new feature  that's slated to arrive just in time for back to school (opens in new tab).

At the beginning of this year, the software giant added a dictionary feature (opens in new tab) to the PDF reader (opens in new tab) in its browser that allowed users to look up words without having to open a new tab. 

Now though, according to a new post (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Microsoft is adding a new feature to Edge that will make it easier to highlight specific words, sentences and paragraphs in PDFs.

Free form highlighting

When Microsoft Edge version 94 (opens in new tab) releases this September, business users and students will be able to use freeform highlighters while viewing and marking up PDFs.

While this may sound like a small upgrade, the new feature will allow users to highlight sections of PDFs that they may not have access to comment on as well as scanned documents.

Microsoft is also working on a major security upgrade for Edge (opens in new tab) that will add support for Intel's Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) to its browser though this feature will arrive a month later with the release of Microsoft Edge version 95 in October.

If you haven't tried out Edge yet, Microsoft is constantly updating its browser (opens in new tab) with new features and functionality that may make you finally consider moving away from Google Chrome (opens in new tab).

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.