Browsers and Mail Add or Remove Define on Context Menu for PDF Files in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Starting with the Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary channels , Microsoft has added a built-in dictionary feature to Define selected words while reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Define will be available in the full context menu and quick menu when selecting words in PDFs.

The definition of the selected word(s) will show in a mini flyout menu with a brief description. if needed, you can select to see more details in a sidebar.

The dictionary feature supports these languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, and Polish. The dictionary feature is a Define addition to the mini menu for PDF annotations. In future edge versions, the on-selection menu and dictionary cards will also be supported on web pages in Microsoft Edge.

See also: Introducing Dictionary for PDF mini menu in Microsoft Edge | Microsoft Edge Insider Articles

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Define smart action in the full context menu and quick menu while reading PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

The Define context menu is part of controlled feature roll-outs, so not everyone will have this feature yet.

The Define context menu is still a work in progress, so it's limited to just one word for now, and not all of its available features may work yet.



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove "Define" Smart Action from Full Context Menu when viewing PDFs in Microsoft Edge
  • Option Two: Add or Remove "Define" Smart Action from Quick Menu when viewing PDFs in Microsoft Edge


EXAMPLE: "Define" in Full Context Menu and Quick Menu when viewing PDFs
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OPTION ONE

Add or Remove "Define" Smart Action from Full Context Menu when viewing PDFs in Microsoft Edge


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Appearance on the left side, and turn On (default - add) or Off (remove) Show smart actions when viewing PDFs for what you want under Full context menu in the Context menus section on the right side. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


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4 You can now close the Settings tab if you like.





OPTION TWO

Add or Remove "Define" Smart Action from Quick Menu when viewing PDFs in Microsoft Edge


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Appearance on the left side, and turn On (default - add) or Off (remove) Show smart actions when viewing PDFs for what you want under Mini context menu in the Context menus section on the right side. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.

The Show smart actions when viewing PDFs setting will not be available if Show mini menu when selecting text in PDFs is turned off.


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4 You can now close the Settings tab if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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