Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update) delivers an updated version of Microsoft Edge that introduces a number of improvements, including a new feature to look up definitions for words when reading a document or page without needing to open a new tab.
The new dictionary comes as built into Microsoft Edge, and unlike the Google dictionary extension for Chrome, it’s a feature that works while viewing a web page using Reading view, reading an ebook, or working with a PDF file.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to get started with the Edge dictionary available starting with the October 2018 Update.
How to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge dictionary
On Microsoft Edge, you can decide on which type of content the dictionary is available, or you can disable the feature completely using these steps:
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click the Settings and more button in the top-right corner.
- Select the Settings option.
- Click on General.
Under “Show definitions inline for,” turn on or off the toggle switch to enable or disable the dictionary.
Alternatively, instead of disabling the experience, you can clear the checkbox for the experience that you don’t want to have the ability to look up definitions.
How to use the Microsoft Edge dictionary
Using the built-in dictionary on Microsoft Edge is a straightforward process. While viewing a website using Reading view, reading an EPUB book, or working with a PDF file, simply double-click the word to see its definition appear above the selection.
Alongside the definition, you can click the speaker button to hear the pronunciation, and you can click the more option to expand the definition.
This feature is limited to single words, which means that you cannot look up the definition for combinations like “Windows 10.” However, you can select a phrase, right-click it, and use the Ask Cortana option.
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Microsoft Edge is the default browser of Windows and is used by many people. It comes with some useful features, including the built-in dictionary that makes it possible for you to see the meaning of words just by hovering above the words.
Here is how you can make full use of the built-in dictionary in Edge.
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Enabling Dictionary in Microsoft Edge Browser
1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the “More” button. This often will be the three dots at the topmost right edge of the browser.
2. On the General tab turn on the “Show definitions inline for” toggle switch. You can check the checkboxes beneath it according to your preferences.
3. Close Settings to have the Microsoft Edge dictionary functioning.
Using the Microsoft Edge Dictionary
To make use of the dictionary, you have to view web pages in reading view. Try one of the following:
- Use windows hotkey Ctrl + Shift + R.
- Click on the Reading View icon and the rightmost part of the address locator. The Reading View icon looks like a book. You should note that the Reading View is available for most websites but there are some exceptions.
Once you are in the reading view of Microsoft Edge, double-click the word you want to look up the meaning for. For words with available meanings, a little pop-up will appear giving you the word’s definition.
For additional details on the word that has been selected, you need to click on the “More” button. This displays a panel with more information for the word.
The Edge dictionary is powered by the Oxford dictionary and contains standard definitions for words you will come across. Note that this feature only works when you are online.
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How to Use Edge Dictionary Offline
For Edge’s dictionary to work offline, you must get the immersive reader tool. The immersive reader is downloaded by clicking on the “More tools” menu while in the reading view mode of the browser.
The immersive reader tool offers some grammar help. It can be used for searching for various parts of speech by switching on the corresponding toggle switches as shown in the image below. You can also get this help in a different language by clicking on the “Add more language” button. This will, however, only work based on the region that your computer is set to.
This is one of the few features that Microsoft Edge beats Chrome and Firefox with. It is especially useful when you are a newbie in the English language, as you can easily look up words on the fly while reading.
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Update: This article was originally written for the built-in version of the Edge browser that first came with Windows 10. Microsoft has since discontinued it. There is now a new Chromium-based version of Edge. The new version is a feature-packed browser cross-platform and available on Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, and Linux. The new version doesn’t have a built-in dictionary, but it does have an immersive reader mode.
There are several new features in Windows 10 1809, aka October 2018 Update. In fact, we have shown you the best new features in 1809 – the ones you will notice first. We have also covered other new features that are more subtle, but in concert, make the OS a better overall experience. Another area that received numerous improvements is Microsoft Edge. One of those includes a built-in dictionary that allows you to look up definitions while reading an article on the web, PDFs, or eBooks. Here is a look at using the helpful new dictionary in Microsoft Edge.
The Microsoft Edge Built-in Dictionary
To get started with the dictionary, you need to make sure it’s enabled. Head to Settings > General and flip on the “Show definitions inline for” switch and also check each type of document you want to use it with.
To use the dictionary, open a web page in Reading View, eBook, or PDF documents and double-click the word you want a definition for. If you want a pronunciation, click the speaker icon in the definition box.
If you need additional information, click the “more” link in the definition box. Oxford Dictionaries provide the definitions. The new dictionary feature can be convenient while reading eBooks and PDFs.
If you haven’t used Microsoft Edge as your primary browser, it’s worth a second look. After years of updates and improvements, it has come a long way since the first day it launched. A glaring omission at first was the lack of browser extension support. But that was remedied several builds back, and now Edge extensions have their own section in Windows Store. Including some of the most popular browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
With each new Windows 10 feature build, Microsoft Edge continues to improve. And while you don’t hear about Edge much, it has matured quite well, including this dictionary support. We’ll be covering other helpful new Edge features as we come across them. Another new and arguably best new feature is the ability to disable autoplay media on sites. If you have a favorite new Edge feature, just let us know.
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The Windows 10 October 2018 Update brought a lot of new features, including some to Microsoft Edge. One of those is a built-in dictionary available when you’re in Reading View, an eBook, or a PDF file.
How to Use the Built-in Dictionary
Edge’s built-in dictionary lets you highlight a word and have the definition appear in-line without having to leave your current page.
The first thing to do is open up Edge and make sure the dictionary is enabled by going to Settings > General and turning on the “Show Definitions Inline For” toggle.
We’ll be using Reading View in these examples, but the other options should work the same way.
Next, click the book icon, located at the far right of the address bar (or press Ctrl+Shift+R).
Highlight a word by double-clicking it, and a definition pops up in a small window.
From here, you can click on the speaker icon to listen to the pronunciation of the word or click on “More” to view additional information, such as different uses of the word, examples, a full list of synonyms, and the origins of the word.
All words defined in Microsoft Edge are provided by Oxford Dictionaries.
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Most often, you have come across difficult or strange words while reading articles or books in your internet browser. In that case, you have to switch to another tab in the browser to discover the meaning or definition of that difficult word. Microsoft Edge offers built-in dictionary to offer a more streamlined experience. With this feature of Microsoft Edge, no one needs to search for a word anywhere while reading article or book, etc.
In this article, I will walk you through the steps to use a Microsoft Edge’s built-in dictionary.
To get started with, open Microsoft Edge in your windows 10 computer. Click the more icon … from the top right edge of Microsoft Edge.
Then click on Settings.
Click on General tab. Scroll down and find the Show definitions inline for option. Turn the toggle to On to enable dictionary as shown in the screenshot below. You can tick mark the checkboxes under it as per your preferences.
Then open a web page or a pdf file in Microsoft Edge. Enable the reading view by Click on the book icon in right side of the address bar. Alternatively, you can also use the shortcut (CTRL+Shift_R) to enable the reading view.
However, note that Reading View in Microsoft Edge is available for most of the websites but not every.
Double click a word to highlight, Microsoft Edge will automatically pop-up the definition of that specific word. In the definition box, click on more to have additional information like synonym and the origin of those words. In addition, you can click on Read aloud to listen to the pronunciation of the word.
By following the above method, you can enable and use the Microsoft Edge built-in dictionary. Definitions of the words in Microsoft Edge are provided by Oxford dictionary.
There are several new features in Windows 10 1809 aka October 2018 Update. In fact, we have shown you the best new features in 1809 – the ones you will notice first. We have also covered other new features that are more subtle, but in concert, make the OS a better overall experience. Another area that received numerous improvements is Microsoft Edge. One of those includes a built-in dictionary that allows you to look up definitions while reading an article on the web, PDFs, or eBooks. Here is a look at using the helpful new dictionary in Microsoft Edge.
The Microsoft Edge Built-in Dictionary
To get started with the dictionary you need to make sure it’s enabled. Head to Settings > General and flip on the “Show definitions inline for” switch and also check each type of document you want to use it with.
To use the dictionary, open a web page in Reading View, eBook, or PDF documents and just double-click the word you want a definition for. If you want a pronunciation, just click the speaker icon in the definition box.
If you need additional information, click the “more” link in the definition box. The definitions are provided by Oxford Dictionaries. The new dictionary feature can be especially handy while reading eBooks and PDFs.
If you haven’t used Microsoft Edge as your primary browser, it’s worth a second look. After years of updates and improvements, it has come a long way since the first day it launched. A glaring omission at first was the lack of browser extension support. But that was remedied several builds back and now Edge extensions has its own section in Windows Store. Including some of the most popular browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
With each new Windows 10 feature build, Microsoft Edge continues to improve. And while you don’t hear about Edge much, it has matured quite well, including this dictionary support. We’ll be covering other helpful new Edge features as we come across them. Another new and arguably best new feature is the ability to disable autoplay media on sites. If you have a favorite new Edge features just let us know.
Microsoft Edge doesn’t come with any ground breaking features that will make you want to abandon Chrome or Firefox. It does have one or two features that the other two browsers do not. Edge has a built-in dictionary. When enabled, it allows you to view the meaning of a word when you hover your cursor over it. This is something that requires an add-on or extension if you’re using either Firefox or Chrome. Here’s how you can enable and use the dictionary in Microsoft Edge.
Dictionary in Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and click the more options button at the top right and from the menu that opens, click Settings. On the General tab, look for the Show definitions inline for section. Enable it and check the three options under it.
Navigate to a website that you want to read. Once you’re on the website, click the Reading View icon in the URL bar. It looks like a book and the Reading View is available for most websites but there are some exceptions.
Once you’re in reading view, double-click the word you want to look up the meaning for. If a definition is available, a little pop-up will appear giving you the definition.
If you click the More option at the bottom, a panel will open giving you additional details about the word. The dictionary is powered by the Oxford Dictionary.
This will work for all eBooks i.e., ePub files and PDF files.When you have either one open, you can double-click a word and the same popup will open giving you the meaning of the word. This works if you’re online however, you can click the Download Offline Dictionary button and use the feature offline.
When you download the dictionary, an app called Immersive Reader will be installed on your system. It’s a Microsoft app that doesn’t do anything in itself. It will add complimentary features to Microsoft Edge. Why it exists as a separate app instead of as an add-on for Microsoft Edge is something only Microsoft knows. Maybe the app will, eventually, do something more.
If you want a similar feature for Chrome or Firefox, you need an add-on or extension. There’s no shortage of them. If you don’t want your browser being dragged down by an extension, you can always select a word, right-click it, and select the option to search for the word on your default search engine.
Microsoft has ported another PDF feature from Edge Legacy to the new Edge browser, the ability to look up words in PDF is now available in new Edge in Canary and dev versions, here is how you can enable and use it.
The previous version of Microsoft Edge has the Dictionary built-in.
It allowed displaying definitions inline for Books, Reading View, and PDF files.
New Edge’s Immersive Reader which supports Wikipedia, offers Picture Dictionary for the selected words, so Dictionary supports isn’t available in reader Mode, but now launched for PDFs.
Enable and use Dictionary in PDF in new Microsoft Edge
- Launch Edge browser
- Click on Settings and more (Alt+P)
- Select Settings > Appearance > context menus
- Enable “Show smart actions when viewing PDFs“.
- Load a PDF from a local drive or from the web.
Select a word, right-click and select “Define”.
Bing will fetch and show the definition in a pop-up with options to hear it and search on the web for more information.
Note: You need to enable the setting for the mini context menu if you want to see the definition of words from it also.
Hope you will utilize the new Define option in the PDF context menu in the new Edge to know the meaning of unknown words via Bing.
The Define command in Microsoft Edge has received a few updates in the latest Canary version. Finally, it properly displays a word definition, and its UI is now more polished.
You may remember the Define command in Edge we recently reviewed. It was available a few builds ago in Canary, but then disappeared. Now it is back and it finally works.
The latest Edge Canary builds now offer a built-in dictionary to quickly lookup a word in a PDF. To do this, highlight a word or phrase and select Define from a context menu. When you click this command, the browser opens a small window with pronunciation, explanations, synonyms, and usage examples. Besides, there is a button to listen to a word, copy it, or search for it on the web. Microsoft Edge is using the Bing search to fetch all the needed data. This is a welcomed addition to already available learning features and grammar tools, such as the parts of the speech highlighter or syllables markup.
By clicking on the Search for %word% link, you will open a sidebar search with extra details regarding the selection. It also contains a descriptive image for the word, something we have already seen in Microsoft Edge with the Picture Dictionary feature.
The Define feature is not new to modern browsers. As we said before, it was available in Edge Legacy, and it is also well-known to iOS and macOS users. Unlike Edge, on Apple operating systems, dictionaries are part of the operating systems and are available in all apps. This means you can define a word from any text on webpages or other apps, not only in PDF Reader. In Microsoft Edge, this feature works in PDF Reader only, which is a bummer. Edge Legacy offered it not only for PDF but for Reading View and even Books. We can only hope Microsoft is in the early stages of implementing this feature, and it would be soon available in other modes as well. Be sure to send your feedback regarding this feature to help the company improve it.
The built-in dictionary is not the only recent improvement to Microsoft Edge. A couple of weeks ago, its Immersive Reader received enhanced Wikipedia support, so it is now much easier to read Wikipedia pages in Reader mode.
Microsoft recently announced it is switching from a six-week to a four-week update release schedule for the Edge browser. This means new features will be available much faster. The change goes live this September with the release of Edge 94.
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Microsoft Edge has a new dictionary feature for its PDF reader, which allows you to look up definitions in the browser.
The days of using a dedicated PDF reader are pretty much over now that just about every web browser in existence can open the popular file format. With so many PDF encountered online, this makes complete sense, but it is only in recent times that browser-based readers are starting to catch up in terms of features.
Continuing the development of its Chromium-based version of Edge, Microsoft is currently working on improving the overall PDF experience in its browser. One of the latest features to be added gives you the ability to look up word definitions as you browse a document.
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Integrating a dictionary-look-up option into Edge’s PDF reader helps to reduce the friction of encountering a word you don’t know the meaning of. With the new feature, there is no need to highlight and copy a word, paste it into a new browser tab and then search for a definition; everything can be taken care of from with the PDF itself.
If this sound familiar, it is because a very similar option was available in the legacy version of Edge. But in the switch to Chromium-based Edge, Microsoft initial stripped numerous features and functions from the PDF reader as it started to rebuild the experience largely from scratch. Now the company is gradually adding options back, and the dictionary is one of the latest appearances in preview builds of the browser.
Look it up
The dictionary look-up tool can be found in the Canary build of Edge. You can download this version of the browser here, or update your current build to at least version 90.0.806.0. The definition feature relies on Bing, but it’s not enabled by default. Assuming you have the latest version of Edge Canary installed, use the following steps to enable the dictionary definition option:
- Click the three-dot button to the upper right of the Edge window and select Settings
- Move to the Appearance section and flick the two toggles in the Context menu section to the on position
With this done, you can right click a word in a PDF document and select the define option. You will initially see a definition in a popup, and more detail is available if you click See more in sidebar.