Since Microsoft Edge moved from EdgeHTML to Chromium, many are the news that the browser has been receiving, and more will arrive in the coming months, and more will arrive in the next two months, such as vertical tabs. However, the previous Microsoft Edge already had things that made it better than its competitors, and that the new one lost. Little by little, these functions are recovering, as we will see.
The most prominent, which now comes to the stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium, is the possibility of annotate directly when editing PDF files. The old Edge had this feature since its inception in Windows 10, but the new one has had to wait a few months. It is relevant because by default, unlike what happens with macOS and Preview, Microsoft’s system does not have a dedicated PDF reader that allows easy editing.
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What we can and cannot do with Microsoft Edge PDF editing
PDF edit function not only comes to Windows 10, but also to macOS and previous versions of the Redmond system. What it allows is that we open a PDF and manually annotate the file. That is, we can write by hand with the mouse, underline (if we are able to make the lines come out straight). Obviously, If we have a team with a touch screen that supports Stylus, the annotation will be much more precise. When it comes to scoring, we have the option of choosing a color.
If the PDF has text recognized as text, it also we can underline, or as Microsoft officially calls it, “highlight”. Also in this case we can choose with which color we want to enhance the text that we are reviewing. It is important to add that both this and the annotation are changes to the document that can be saved, and that will then be visible in any application that opens PDF. It is also possible to rotate the pages of the document.
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As for what we can miss in Microsoft Edge’s PDF editor, I’d say the highlight is the ability to add written text to the PDF. Although Edge fills in official documents like this one from the Junta de Andalucía, which has the boxes enabled for it, it does not allow writing on any other type of document. Preview on macOS, to mention something built-in and free, does have that option.
It is something that students can use a lot in, for example, language activity books where only one word has to be entered in spaces. In the same way, I don’t see that Edge has a function to sign PDF with a previously scanned signature, something really useful when dealing with invoices and contracts. Hopefully Microsoft continues to bring editing features to Edge that are generally touted for more advanced editors, but are really basic and can be expected in free editors (and readers).