Feb 16 2021 12:12 PM
Feb 16 2021 12:12 PM
Annotating PDF files is one of the many productivity features that users love in Microsoft Edge. But some of the text annotations like text comments are only available via context menu today which involves multiple steps to invoke. Moreover, it may not be the easiest way for touch users to access these features. We are glad to introduce a new quick menu for PDFs which would make the PDF annotations experience more efficient and make you even more productive in Edge. Here is how this menu works:
If you select any piece of text on a PDF file, a mini menu will automatically popup. The menu will have Highlight and Add comment options in addition to the regular Copy option to copy text quickly. To invoke the menu with mouse, you can drag and select any text with the mouse and a smaller version of the menu will appear upon completing the selection. You can hover over any of the options in the menu to expand it and click the items to activate as in the regular context menu. To dismiss the menu, you can just click outside of the menu or move pointer away and the menu will fade away.
To invoke the menu with touch, you can select any piece of text with long press or double tap and by adjusting the grippers. The menu will pop up automatically in the expanded state and you can tap on any of the options to activate. To dismiss the menu without selecting any options, you can just tap outside of the menu.
Like the regular context menu, the Highlight option on the menu will also have a sub-menu to pick highlight colors and Add comments option would open a pop up for you to type your comment. Clicking or tapping More actions would open the full context menu with all the options that we have today.
The menu would also work on an existing highlight. Clicking or tapping on any text highlight will open the menu. You can change the color or the highlight or remove it using the Highlight options or add a comment on the highlight using the Add comment option.
Do try out this improved interaction on PDFs let us know what you think! From within Microsoft Edge, you can go to “…” menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback, or simply use the Windows shortcut (Shift+Alt+I) to open the feedback tool.
Feb 16 2021 01:07 PM
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Feb 16 2021 08:17 PM
I love the new features! One suggestion: could you possibly add more colours to the highlight function (e.g. Purple/Grey/Brown)? Thank you!
Feb 17 2021 12:21 AM
@josh_bodner This quick menu in the current implementation is driving me crazy. It breaks the conventional interaction pattern: double-click the text to select the word. I think that many people, me included, use this to follow along and focus on the text. Especially when I need to get through complex text. Now I get this distracting thing I did not intend to see.
Plus, not a fan of the menu itself, Copy .. ok, I would never use it because I know the shortcut, may be worth leaving for those who do not.
The highlight is potentially useful, but selecting the color each time is just too much.
Consider opening it on text select (mouse down, move and up) and left mouse click not double click. Double click to select a single word, how often one needs to copy or highlight a single word?
Feb 17 2021 12:38 AM
Feb 17 2021 01:09 AM
Feb 17 2021 01:36 AM
We like that feature a lot. We are using read aloud from here feature in pdfs as an reading community. It would be better If user see the read aloud option in quick menu rather than more actions menu because I can lead people to know this perfect feature easily. @josh_bodner
Feb 17 2021 02:51 AM
Double click is an aid for focus ?
on touch screen?
i'm using regular monitor with mouse + keyboard, double click doesn't focus on anything, just highlights the word, at least now with this new feature, highlight by double clicking offers some options, previously double click only highlighted, nothing else.
Feb 18 2021 08:08 AM
@Jurijsk fully understand how selecting text could be a way to focus while reading and the menu could be a distraction. We did provide a setting under edge://settings/appearance to turn this off.
Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
Feb 22 2021 12:45 PM
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