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Microsoft Edge gets built-in grammar editor and smart web selection

Microsoft has announced the rollout of some major new features for its Edge browser, including integration with Microsoft Editor, which was announced a few months ago. Plus, there’s a new web selection feature that makes it easier to copy content you find on the web, including tables.

Microsoft Editor integration is what you would expect. Editor is Microsoft’s rival to Grammarly, and just like its competitor, it’s usually a browser extension that you can install. It provides the user with grammar and punctuation corrections and suggestions to make the text easier to read. Now, this feature is built right into the Edge browser, so you don’t have to worry about installing the extension.

The editor in Microsoft Edge is available in over 20 languages, but it will only apply to the primary language used by your browser. Along with grammatical fixes, Microsoft says it will soon start rolling out text predictions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, promising to make it even faster to write what you want to say.

The other new thing is interesting, and it’s something Microsoft announced two years ago. It’s called Web Selection, although it was called Smart Copy when it was first announced. Essentially, this feature makes it easier to select formatted content on the web, such as tables, images, and text. You can quickly select entire paragraphs in their original format or copy just the cells you want to copy into a table, for example. You can then paste the content with its original formatting into OneNote or a Word document, for example.

Web selection in Microsoft Edge

Select cells in a table on Wikipedia

Web selection/smart copy first started testing in November 2020, so it took a long time to roll out to the general public. This should not be confused with web capture, which lets you take screenshots of web pages and annotate them directly before sharing or saving them. This feature has been around for much longer, and it’s also slightly less impressive since it’s just a screenshot of the page.

If you want to try out these features, make sure you’re using the latest version of Edge by going to the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner and choosing Help and feedback -> About Microsoft Edge. These changes may take a while to appear for you, but rest assured that they are rolling out.

Source: Microsoft