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.
Microsoft has announced sidebar search - the first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.
With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “Search in sidebar” from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.
In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.
Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There’s more – if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the “Open in new tab” button which opens the web results in a new tab.
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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.
You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus.
This does not affect the "Search the web" for image context menu in Microsoft Edge.
EXAMPLE: "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus
The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.
(delete) = Default - add
0 = Remove
Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.
This is the default setting.
Save the .reg file to your desktop.
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.