Microsoft Edge gets a built-in grammar editor and smart web selection

Microsoft has announced that it is introducing some major new features to its Edge browser, including integration with the Microsoft Editor, which was announced a few months ago. Additionally, there’s a new Web Select feature that makes it easier to copy content you find on the Web, including tables.

Microsoft Editor integration is exactly what you’d expect. The editor is Microsoft’s rival for Grammarly, and like its competitor, it usually has a browser extension that you can install. It provides grammar and punctuation corrections and suggestions to the user to make the text easier to read. Now, that functionality is built right into the Edge browser, so you won’t have to go through the hassle of installing extensions.

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The editor in Microsoft Edge is available in over 20 languages, but this will only apply to the main language your browser uses. In addition to grammar improvements, Microsoft says it will soon start rolling out text predictions in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, promising to make it even faster to write what you want to say. Huh.

The second new feature is an interesting one, and it’s something that Microsoft announced two years ago. It’s called Web Select, although it was called Smart Copy when it was first announced. Essentially, this feature makes it easy to select formatted content, such as tables, images, and text, on the web. For example, you can quickly select entire paragraphs in their original formatting or copy only the cells you want to copy in the table. You can then paste the content with its original formatting into a OneNote or Word document, for example.

Selecting cells in a table on Wikipedia

Web Select/Smart Copy was first tested in November 2020, so it took a long time to roll out to the general public. It should not be confused with Web Capture, which lets you take screenshots of webpages and annotate them directly before sharing or saving them. This feature has been around for a long time, and it’s also a little less impressive because it’s just a screenshot of the page.

If you want to try out these features, make sure you’re running the latest version of Edge by going to and selecting the three-dot menu in the top right corner. Help and Feedback , About Microsoft Edge, It may take some time for these changes to be visible to you, but rest assured that they are taking effect now.


Source: Microsoft

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