One of the key Microsoft Edge tools is finally getting this useful upgrade

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Opening, reading and even editing PDF files in Microsoft Ed (opens in new tab)ge is finally set to get a lot more intuitive and useful thanks to a new upgrade.

The browser has revealed a new update which will allow users highlight sections on PDFs that they may not have been given access to comment on, as well as scanned documents. 

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 95, the company says (opens in new tab) that the PDF editing (opens in new tab), viewing and markup experience will be improved with the addition of freeform highlighters.

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Highlighters aren't the only Microsoft Edge update for PDF files, as further upgrades include the ability for users to scroll and navigate through their document using thumbnails (opens in new tab)

These clickable images will display in the pane on the left side of the PDF reader from Microsoft Edge version 92, similar to how Google Chrome displays PDFs to its users.

The browser has also recently revealed Microsoft Edge versions 87 and above will introduce support for "free text boxes (opens in new tab)" within a PDF file, allowing users to add a freeform text box into documents wherever they need to. This could allow users a much quicker and easier way to fill in forms or add in annotations or corrections to a document.

The news comes shortly after Microsoft Edge suggested it may soon bring relief to users everywhere by working on a tool that will finally allow users to stop auto playing media when online.  Microsoft Edge version 92 will include the option to change the default entry on allowing auto playing media in the browser, with the update rolling out now.

Recent data from Statcounter shows that Edge has now overtaken (opens in new tab) established rival Firefox in the rankings to run second behind Chrome in the browser wars. 

The latest figures suggest Microsoft Edge now holds 3.4% of the browser market, while Firefox has slipped to 3.29%, continuing a downward trajectory that has seen the browser either lose or maintain market share in ten of the last twelve months.

Via WindowsLatest (opens in new tab)

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.