Roadmap for PDF reader in Microsoft Edge



Over the course of last year, we worked hard on building a powerful PDF reader that fulfills the needs of compatibility, reliability and security for you and your organization.

The feedback we received from you with the Edge Insider builds has been really encouraging, and here are some of the most asked features that are available today, across Windows and Mac:

  • Fill PDF forms
  • Ink on PDF files with colors and stroke width of your choice
  • Create highlights to attention to different parts of the file
  • View PDFs in Dark mode
  • Open Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) and Information Rights Management (IRM) protected PDF and view permissions
  • Accessibility support including keyboard accessibility, screen reader support, and capability to view PDFs in high contrast mode
  • Read Aloud (available in Canary)

Here are the features we’re currently working on:

  • Smoother scroll experience: We are bringing the smooth scroll of Legacy Edge to the modern browser.
  • Table of Contents: You will soon be able to view the contents of PDF files and navigate through the file with the same.
  • Highlight mode: In this mode, you will be able to create highlights directly by selecting text, without the need of clicking on a highlight button.
  • Text notes: With this, you will be able to add their own notes to text in PDF files. These notes will travel with the PDF.
  • Protected PDF files: Microsoft Information Protection adds a layer of security to your documents. It ensures that only the users who have certain permissions as view, copy, annotate can take those actions on the file. Hence, no matter where the document goes, the data of your organization remains secure.
    • Viewing labels of protected files: You will soon be able to view the sensitivity labels
    • Viewing MIP files protected in other tenants: This will enable you to view the files protected in other organizations, or in other tenants in the organization.
  • Digital signatures: View and validate certificate based Digital signatures on signed files.
  • Accessibility improvements: With this, you will be able to fill PDF forms using screen readers, and navigate through PDF documents using caret mode.

We are actively looking at feedback from you about the features you find important.

Please feel free to comment below, or submit detailed feedback through the browser (Shift+Alt+I).

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This is fantastic progress, thank you! My most wanted feature for the PDF reader in Edge is the ability to reopen PDF documents at the same page location as when they were closed. Thank you again, @Aditi_Gangwar 


"Ink on PDF files with colors and stroke width of your choice".

We can already do this, but there is no pressure sensitivity, making it a sub-par experience when signing PDF documents with digital ink. Is this being worked on?


@Aditi_Gangwar I would first like to appreciate all the great work Edge team has done for the new edge browser and pdf reader. I see a lot of great features regarding pdf reader coming to new edge, however I would like to bring to your notice a great feature from old edge browser, Page View, that doesn't seem to be planned for new Edge. 

Part of my daily work is to read & review research papers and being able to see two pages on one screen (Two Page Layout mode) great improves my productivity. I guess this is the only feature that's stopping me from completely moving to new edge. I hope Edge team plans to implement this feature soon.



@Aditi_Gangwar the text selected in PDF Files appear subpar with how the selected text appears on webpages.

Also, it should be updated to allow previews in the Preview Pane in File Explorer.



Need to get Edge to work as PDF previewer for Outlook. 

Without this business need to deploy Adobe Reader for Outlook, so it doesn't really matter what Edge can do. 




Great news to hear that you are actively working on the inbuilt PDF reader, this is one of the major blocking issues from rolling out Edge as our default browser in my company of 7000 workstations. We want to move away from Adobe Reader asap!


In addition to the mentioned planned features, please can you add the following:


  • "Rotate counterclockwise" button on the toolbar
  • "Next/Previous page" buttons on the toolbar
  • "Full Screen" button on the toolbar
  • "Hand" scroll option like in Firefox/Adobe Reader
  • The "Find" toolbar from Edge Classic
  • The ability to sign PDF files with a digital signature
  • "Document Properties" button like in Firefox

@Aditi_Gangwar How can we view PDF Files in Dark Mode? Cannot figure out how to.

Great news about upcoming access to table of contents.
Can't you just set edge as the default pdf viewer?

@Robin Stacey Thanks for the kind words Robin. 

We should definitely add retaining PDF files to the same location. 

Can you please elaborate on the kind of documents you will usually need this?


Caramba ! Gastaram horas criando um leitor de PDFs !!! Não queremos  isso, queremos que um arquivo baixado como PDF seja lido pelo Acrobat Reader !!! Só isso, é difícil associar ????

Hello rkmalaiya,

Layouts and page view is currently in our 6 month roadmap. We will get to it right after Table of Contents and Text Notes.
Thanks for the feedback Rohit.
We're working on improving text selection.

Previews in File Explorer is right after the above set of things in our Roadmap. :)
Thanks for sharing your feedback Nicholas!
Preview in Outlook and File Explorer is definitely on our radar.
Does the current set of functionalities most other needs of your organisation?
Hello Rohit,

You just need to change the browser to dark mode, and PDF UX will inherit the dark mode as well.
Hello Agnus,

While we honor your settings you may have set the default PDF reader, you definitely can change it!

You may either do it by going to Settings -> Default apps -> Set default by apps.
Or by right clicking on a PDF file -> Open with -> Choose another app -> Select Edge, and check "Always use this app to open .pdf files"
Desculpe por qualquer erro na língua, já que eu não falo português e estou usando tradução.

Você pode abrir arquivos PDF em seu software PDF padrão com as seguintes configurações:

1. Vá para "..." (Configurações e muito mais) -> Configurações -> Permissões do site -> Documentos PDF (Alternativamente, você pode navegar para edge://settings/content/pdfDocuments diretamente)
2. Alternar "Sempre abra arquivos PDF externamente" em
Com isso, sempre que você encontrar um arquivo PDF durante a navegação, ele será baixado e aparecerá na bandeja de downloads na parte inferior da janela. Clicar em "Abrir arquivo" abrirá o arquivo diretamente no leitor PDF padrão de acordo com as configurações do sistema operacional.

Você pode torná-lo ainda mais suave selecionando "Sempre abra com o visualizador do sistema" no menu Opções para o download.
Com isso, todos os arquivos PDF disponíveis serão diretamente abertos no leitor pdf padrão de acordo com suas configurações.
Thanks for the detailed response Tom!

Ill share the above with the team to be prioritized in our backlog.

Hello @Aditi_Gangwar 

MS Edge doesnt recognize active pen on Surface devices. It would be fine to INK with pen and scrolling with fingers like in MS Whiteboard.




Nice, any chance to set the signature od PDF document (hand drawn, or jpg image) , like in Adobe Reader (free) ?


@fahdriyami thanks for the feedback on the inking experience. We are working on making the quality of ink even better. Can you please elaborate on the issues you are seeing while signing with the current experience (vs. any other)? That would help us understand this better and take necessary action. 


-Vyankatesh Gadekar

Program Manager, Microsoft Edge


@Filip Paďourek it is currently in the backlog to add a manual switch to turn on/off inking with touch. Currently, we have enabled panning/scrolling/zooming with two fingers while inking. You can also use the margins to scroll. Let me know if that helps. 


-Vyankatesh Gadekar

Program Manager, Microsoft Edge


@hkusulja great suggestion. Just to understand your use case, do you save the ink signature or photo of your signature to use it on documents? Does that make it easier than signing with digital ink? 


-Vyankatesh Gadekar

Program Manager, Microsoft Edge


@vygadeka yes, i need to save PDF with my image/signature on it.

(this is not fully electronic signature / certificate / digital signing etc.), just simple add image on the PDF and save it. any plans for this?

If I will have this feature, i can uninstall adobe reader and completely move to Edge Chromium as primary and only PDF reader solution


I would love to be able to move pages within a PDF or add / delete pages from a PDF.


@hkusulja thanks for the details. This scenario is in the backlog. Not currently in the works though. But your input definitely helps prioritize.


-Vyankatesh Gadekar

Program Manager, Microsoft Edge 


Hello Kent,
Thanks for sharing the feedback.
Can you share the scenarios where the above would be needed?
It'll help ensure that the issue is understood correctly.
I would like that too.
It would be great to have the reading position and annotations synced across devices (android and windows) .
Also open tabs and collections synced with android

Thanks a lot for your efforts, we really appreciate that.
But among all these amazing features, there is no "inline-definition" feature :( 
I use it all the time, and I'm still using the legacy Edge for the same reason!!
Me as an English learner, I need my dictionary all the time, in order to listen to the right pronunciation, see phonetic transcription, meaning(s), examples, etc.
Unfortunately, although I've feedback about this feature several times, still there is no plan for it.
I hope that you bring such an amazing and useful feature to the new Edge.
I highly recommend implementing Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (OALD 10th edition), It's way better than the Standard Oxford Dictionary (Lexico). 
I'm waiting impatiently to switch to the new Edge browser in reading my lectures, so please add this feature ASAP!


I can't wait for these features! The lack of navigation is the only reason I continue to have the old Edge installed.

Something I would like to see, but is probably a long shot, is a home page for all your PDFs, a library or such. Maybe the location can be selected in settings and an icon can be added to the browser which takes you to your collection which has cover art and file info. Something like Calibre but integrated in to Edge. A man can dream!

EPUB support would be great too, but I digress :lol:


@Aditi_Gangwar  When can we expect Read aloud feature in pdf in Stable builds?


@Aditi_Gangwar thank you for sharing and these are what we have been looking for.


你好,不知道为什么我目前依旧无法在Microsoft Edge(最新版)实现PDF的朗读。


Yes! I can't believe such a feature hasn't been implemented yet. A bookmark feature, in particular, would be super helpful for large PDFs! 




Hmm, that doesn't seem to work for me. My default theme is dark, but the pdf is still on the light theme. 


I'm a professor, so it is important, really important, to improve comments in EDGE PDF tool. I'm currently using Foxit PDF to correct students' work and I could switch for Edge if it was possible to make the same comments and highlights, marks, and annotations I do in Foxit.


@Aditi_Gangwar A bit disappointed that plans for including the view pages side-by-side option and an option to disable continuous scrolling are missing.



Thank you to the whole Edge team for their work towards the ultimate modern browser. The rate of development since moving to Chromium has been impressive.


The only reason I still have old Edge on my machines is for PDF support. I use my Surface Pro and Surface Pen for making notes in PDF documents and the new Edge is not yet meeting my needs. 


In particular the new Edge is missing:

1.  Disabling Continuous Scrolling - I want to be able to swipe once to get to the next page and not have to manually position each page.

2. Disabling finger ink input - I want to be able to use my finger to scroll and use the pen to write.


I see that disabling ink is on the road map, but I don't see an option for disabling continuous scrolling. Please add this to the list so I can get rid of the old Edge and move entirely to new Edge.


Thanks again for all of your efforts and for this opportunity to give feedback.



@vygadeka Thanks! While this works, it is not optimal - as you often end up changing the zoom as it is rather difficult to keep your fingers the same separation. The old Edge allows single finger scroll, which means that you can move quickly through documents in a way that is not possible with the new edge. Actually, this is the only reason I keep using the old edge for PDF mark up.


I am often reading research PDF's and marking them up. Length is 20-200 pages. I need to be able to quickly read through them, sometimes stopping for a careful read of 3 or 4 pages. And then resume scanning.


When I have my pen I pretty much *never* use my finger to ink.


@Gordon770 understood. Thanks for the details. We are going to bring back the functionality to turn off inking by touch. Stay tuned. 



Hello, and thanks for all the work. The PDF is becoming more and more useful. Here go my suggestions:

Links and navigation

When you dive into a link inside a PDF you are transported to a very different place, and there is no way to go back to where you were. Edge's navigation arrows don't work within a PDF document.  This seriously derails your train of thought when you're reading documentation.


Some obvious back-forth navigation options should be offered (if they exist, I haven't found them). I think Edge's navigation arrows would do just fine. Like in any web page, click "back" until you exit the site, or "forward" if you want, or right-click into history.

PDFs in  collections

You can star as a favorite a local file opened by PDF reader, but you cannot add it to a collection.

White space around text

When you are reading a document on a PDF reader, generally you don't care about page composition. Page breaks, columns and margins are nuisances. 

  • The zoom to page/width button should also cycle through "zoom to visible". When zoomed to visible, not only left/right margins, but also up/down should be shaved off, and the separation between pages reduced to give the document more continuity.
  • I know there is no failproof way to reflow text in a PDF, but maybe column detection is not that complicated, and the "zoom to visible" setting could snake on pages with columns.
  • I would be very grateful if EPUB reader was resurrected, but hey.


Really, how many current users have ever seen a 3.5" floppy disk? I almost feel insulted when I recognize the disk+pen icon as "save as" (only I don't, because it brings back fond memories of my Amiga 500, over 30 years ago).

Separate Application

As a system PDF file reader, it would be nice if the PDF reader opened in its dedicated window. The PDF reader should be accessible as a PWA, and maybe given a File-Open option with history.


Thanks for reading. 

Great work!
Are you working on any feature for share an open PDF-file? For example to Outlook.

Best Regards

@Aditi_Gangwar   What about support for attachments within PDF files?





你好,为了实现PDF页面的大声朗读,我下载了Microsoft Edge Beta版,而我的朗读体验却十分糟糕,具体有以下几点:











For inking in .pdfs, please bring over more of the tools in the Windows inking toolsets.  For example, the ruler, protractor, lasso tool, etc.








The pen sensitivity is something I've picked up on too; inking in the new edge feels less natural to say, OneNote or any of the MS Office programs. I think the sensitivity is a big part in that, and also helps make the ink look more 'real' too - it doesn't quite match how I'd expect my writing to look, with the odd tapering here and there on letters and a small flick on the end of a signature.


Another point on the inking is how it isn't quite fluid; the ink doesn't feel like it leaves the pen tip like actual ink, instead it sits on the page a bit fuzzy before it processes and smoothes itself out. Again, just comparing to OneNote etc, where I really enjoy the inking experience and it feels as close to real drawing/writing as I think we can get with plastic and glass.


@Aditi_Gangwar    some pdf file saved as html not pdf like oracle bi publisher reports


if possible to give us option to use adobe reader in EDGE browser like IE



@Aditi_Gangwar   there is no option to send pdf as outlook email (attached pdf to outlook )