PDF Inking on Microsoft Edge


Using a digital pen or touch to write directly on PDF files has been one of the top feature asks from Microsoft Edge insiders. We are pleased to announce that inking mode for PDF files has rolled out to all Insider Preview channels. With this new inking mode, users can fill out PDF forms and sign using ink or take notes directly on PDF files and save for later reference.


How to access inking mode

To access this feature, open any PDF file from your computer or from the web. In the toolbar that is seen on the top, you will see two new options – Draw and Erase. You can click or tap on the Draw button to enter inking mode. Once in this mode, you can use a digital pen, touch or even mouse to write on any part on the PDF file. You can use two finger swipe for panning the file or use pinch gesture to zoom in/out if you want to navigate the file while in inking mode. 




If you make any mistakes while writing or drawing on the document, you can use the eraser by clicking or tapping the Erase button. To erase ink strokes in the erase mode, just move the pointer across any ink stroke to erase it.


Once you are done marking up the file, you can use the Save button in the toolbar to save your work and all the annotations you made will get saved onto the file. You can reopen the file at any point to see the ink annotation on the file or edit them. You can also print the file along with the annotations in case you want to send out a copy of the annotated form, for example.


What’s next?

This is just the first step for inking support for PDFs. For inking, right now we offer basic support with one pen color and stroke size. We will build on this over time, supporting additional capabilities and quality enhancements. Following is the list of inking features the team is working on:

  • Support for the pen back button (eraser button) to erase while in inking mode.
  • Ability to select color and stroke thickness for ink
  • Selection of additional pens, like highlighter pen

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the current version of inking support in Microsoft Edge, please do write as well. To send any feedback use the Send feedback in the top right corner of the app or leave a comment to this post. We are listening!


119 Replies


I miss the possibility to write a note into a PDF with my keybord .....

I don't want to draw my notes!

1) Really nice to be able to annotate again!
2) Typed annotations should be possible as well.
3) Why can't I use the "eraser" of my surface pen? It would be good if all Windows Ink features were available - comparable to annotating websites in the old Edge.
4) Will we be able to annotate websites again? And add these annotations to our collections?

@Elliot Kirk I thinks highlight and annotate option is very much important for a researcher like me. And also epub support (pretty please??!!).

epub support
built in dictionary
these three supports are crying need for people like me who want to rely on single software for pdf reading and web surfing simultaneously. waiting for long but  :| @Elliot Kirk 


@Elliot Kirk I suggest a cloud connector (OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.) to allow saving marked up PDFs back to the same file for more efficient document workflow. Having to select a name/location for each save and then sharing the file again can quickly become a nuisance. 

@adamsmith34  Or at least a second button one to save into self file, and another to save as.

@Elliot Kirk having the same PDF markup features currently available in the Android OneDrive app is of paramount importance for providing the highest level of functionality but also providing a consistent user experience across devices.

@Elliot Kirk These look great! I am excited for the support for the Surface Pen's eraser coming back and the different pen types. sizes and colours! I hope annotating on the web and typing up notes is next.

@Elliot Kirk Great progress but we also need to be able to highlight text, using a mouse or trackpad.

When do you think we could have the Highlighter like the standard edge?

@Juergen_Soltau glad you brought this up. Writing text notes with keyboard is definitely useful and it is in the pipeline. While we are on that topic, do you like the way you can add text notes on PDFs in legacy Microsoft Edge or is there anything you would like us to change there? 

I like the way it is done in legacy edge and also ability to select and highlight text with the mouse.

@larsschellhas we are making rather quick progress on this. Support for Surface pen eraser button is now in Canary. Do try. For your last point about adding notes to webpages and send it to Collections, in what scenario would you use it? Would you like parts of annotated web page to go into Collections or save entire webpage to Collections? 

@shuluck This is an interesting suggestion and something that we will keep in mind while supporting highlighting PDF content. 

@CrisMon-01 ability to highlight text in PDFs is on its way :smile: Do look forward to upcoming browser updates to get the ability to highlight text on PDF files. 

Just One think on the highlighter, on the old edge, the highlighter follow (I think) same metadata, and it's good, but when someone insert something of strange in the PDF it want work well (like same formula with latex and after export), could you make it more careful at this point. I don't know, could you see the character we see instead of same metadata?

I would say both. I would like to be able to mark parts of a website with my pen and drop them easily into collections, but it would also be nice to be able to annotate on a website just as in a PDF and save these annotations with the real website (not a screenshot of it) to collections. Therefore, you could go back to the website, see your annotations and maybe advance on them.

What if you open a *.pdf by double clicking on it and you do not see the Draw icon in the tool bar?




@Elliot Kirk