Smart Copy missing

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Hello all, 


I'm on Edge Beta (93.0.961.11) and for the past few months Smart Copy has been missing. It was there at some point in time.  In fact, on the What's New! page that comes up after Edge update it states that it is a feature since v 90. 


I've checked in two more PCs, one on release (v 92) and another on beta and it is missing. 


The only similar thing is Web Capture but that only gets me an image. 



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@Andrés S Me too! Did you manage to get it back?

Still missing in action. I noticed on some release notes or somewhere that it was merged with Web Capture and when the selection rectangle shows a "smart copy" button appears but not to me, so, no dice yet.
best response confirmed by Andrés S (Occasional Contributor)

Smart Copy seems to be on field trial stage, at least for me on beta/dev/canary channels.
In any channels(stable..canary), command-line option "--enable-features=msEdgeAreaSelect" should enable the feature.


@atlanto, worked like a charm.

***Thank you!***



Help how do I insert command-line ?????? Please provide me steps:  option "--enable-features=msEdgeAreaSelect" should enable the feature.

I would also like to know the status of this. The CMD line arg suggestion did not work for me., and I don't see Smart Copy listed under experimental features to enable either...


Currently running Edge 94.0.992.19 (Official build) beta (64-bit) on Win 10.



@ratu2007 @ncazer  So, basically it means launch Edge from a command line, just once. 




Windows key+R 

On the window that opens type cmd.exe (enter)


... opens a command prompt window...


Type the two commands below




cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Beta\Application
msedge --enable-features=msEdgeAreaSelect




This launches Edge and then the feature will be enabled.  You can close that Edge window now, the feature will remain enabled. 


I am on version 94.0.992.19 (Official build) beta and it is there, just above Web Capture.


For a few days, I saw Web Capture and Smart Copy merged on a single menu/submenu group. Now they are separate again.



See 3dots menu->Help and feedback->Send feedback->Send diagnostic data(link)->Experiments and Field Trials(link).
There are
  "disabled_experiments": [ ... ]
  "enabled_experiments": [ ... ]
  {"feature_name": "msEdgeAreaSelect","trial_name": "SmartCopy"}
under enabled_experiments in my case.(beta 94.0.992.19, canary 95.0.1017.0, ...)


Note that this configuration is not same for all users and not configurable on user side.
Only command-line option can make change.


BTW, there is no such trial on stable 93.0.961.47 in my case but I can enable SmartCopy with just launching
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=msEdgeAreaSelect.
I don't know whether "msEdgeAreaSelect" has some dependency or some blocker though.



I am using Version 95.0.1011.1 (Official build) dev (64-bit)


C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev \Application\msedge.exe --enable-features=msEdgeAreaSelect


Still, Smart Copy is missing.



I also am still not seeing smart copy after trying these cmd commands, and I don't see it under the developer options (clicking on the gear), or by going through the feedback / diagnostic data link.


Can someone please advice?