How to annotate web pages with Microsoft Edge

No other major browser before Microsoft Edge has let you annotate what you read on your browser. With the annotation tool, you can now highlight text, use the pen tool for drawing, type text notes, save clips and share your notes as images.

One of the brand new features on the imminent new Windows 10 browser Microsoft Edge is something that you won't find on any other browser as of now. This is the annotation feature, which thus far has not appeared on browsers by Google, Mozilla and Apple. Users of apps like Evernote, who want the same note-taking capability on their browsers, and those familiar with the less-known browser Maxthon will welcome the ability to highlight text on a webpage they are browsing.

Not only can you highlight text, you can make annotations too. Annotations are possible either using a pen tool, or by adding a typed note. You can also clip areas of your screen and copy the clip. But unlike Maxthon, which lets you make annotations to the clip directly on-browser, you can either transport it to an external editor for editing, or share directly via social media.
Highlight text using Microsoft Edge
Overall, the annotate tool can be quite handy for when you are browsing magazine-like websites and want to save something interesting or share it.

Also See: How to use Microsoft Edge browser features and An exhaustive comparison between top 3 browsers - Edge, Chrome and Firefox

How to use the annotate tool

The annotation tool is accessible with the third menu item from the top right of your Edge browser control panel. When you hover your mouse over it, a little pop-up menu indicates that with the icon you can "Make a Web Note". Here are the different ways you can use the annotation tool.
Highlighter tool on Microsoft Edge

Highlighter tool

Use the highlighter tool to select text that you want to mark in bright yellow. As of now, the developers don't let you change the colors of your highlighter tool, but if you want that ability you can always send feedback to the developers.
Pen tool on Microsoft Edge

Pen tool

If you have a stylus or a drawing pad that you're using with your device, you can use the pen tool to write notes on the page in a running hand. You can of course doodle all you like, and create memes that could very well go viral! But again, there is a limit to the color that is available to use. In this case, the pen tool is a shade of cerulean blue.

Eraser tool

If you want to erase a mark you made, the eraser tool will let you slice it off. Simply select the eraser tool (next to the highlighter), strike across the lines you want to erase, and connected lines will get swiped off cleanly.
Typed note tool on Microsoft Edge

Typed note tool

You also have the option of typing in longer annotations, rather like sticky notes in a book, against the page you are reading. Add as many typed notes as you want with the "Typed Note Tool". Each of the notes has a little number in the corner to mark its position. A little trash can icon at the bottom of each note lets you quickly delete it.
Clip, copy & export on Microsoft Edge

Clip tool

The clip tools lets you select an area of the page you are reading to copy and export to an editor, save or share. You can copy the clip for editing with an external software such as Paint or Photoshop.

Creating favorite list on Microsoft Edge
You have the option of saving your notes in the Favorites area or on your Reading List. When saving in Favorites, you can give the save a name and choose which Favorites folder to save in.
Creating reading list on Microsoft
When you save it in the Reading List, the page (with your annotations) becomes quickly accessible from the Reading List menu, which will be discussed in another post.

Finally, you can also share your notes as images to OneNote or other social media apps that you have on your system.

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Guest Author: Andre05 Jul 2020

This feature no longer works. Microsoft removed it with the latest update, and many of us lost all our notes.

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