Microsoft is testing an image editor in Edge

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 6, 2022
Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is testing a new feature in its Edge web browser currently that allows users to edit images before they are saved to the local system.

windows photos editor
Microsoft Photos app editor

Spotted by Reddit user Leopeva64-2, the new feature enables basic image editing functionality, including the ability to crop, add mark-up, make adjustments or apply filters.

The new capability is tested in Microsoft Edge Canary currently, but only select Edge instances have it enabled. There does not seem to be an experimental flag at this point to unlock the feature.

Edge users who have it enabled in their browser see the new option when they right-click on an image or hover over it. The right-click menu displays the "edit image" option as a new entry, and the mouse hover option a new icon under the "visual search" icon. Activation of the icon displays a menu with the edit image command and others, including an option to hide it on the active site or all sites.

Windows users who look at the image editor may notice that it resembles the editor that Microsoft baked into the Windows Photos app. The interface looks similar, with just a few changes here and there.

The four main editing options, crop, adjustment, filter, and markup are in the same location. Save and undo swapped places with zoom, and the bottom control bar with its rotate and other image editing options looks identical.

Even the submenus of the available editing tools like similar. A click on Adjustments displays the same sidebar to edit light and color related parameters of the image. When you select markup, you will notice that the available markup tools are displayed on the left and not on the bottom. Other than that, the tool still gives you options to use the pen or highlighter directly on the image.

Do web browsers need image editing functionality?

Edge users who wanted to edit images that they found in the browser had two options up until now: save the image and open it in an image editor, or, use the built-in web capture tool. The latter is very basic, as it supports only drawing on images.

Image editors are more powerful than what the Photos app or Microsoft Edge offers, but they may not be needed at all times, e.g., to quickly highlight part of an image or crop it. Still, most Edge users may not have any use for editing images that they download.

Some might say that Microsoft is adding too many features to Edge, which bloat the browser. The feature can be turned off on the other hand, so that it won't get into the way anymore.

Now You: image editor in the browser, yay or nay?


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  1. Niko said on July 7, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Why Microsoft, why?

  2. nuts said on July 7, 2022 at 4:56 am

    firefox addon that’s even better

    I use it frequently for zooming and other things only occasionally.

    It is convenient.

    1. AA-Admiral said on July 16, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      woah, I didn’t even know I needed this. I actually use this other extension to zoom in and zoom out using the scroll wheel from the right click context menu…

      It also shows the image size too.

    2. Shiva said on July 7, 2022 at 9:21 am

      It is also available for Chrome and Edge.
      Although on the desktop I prefer (and would prefer) to open first the image directly with XnView if I need to edit it (and I don’t need anything else), it seems to me a useful extension with many options available at first glance after installing it on a new profile. Good report.
      For only zooming there is ‘Zoom Image’ which does its job very well.

      From the image above I have now remembered to ask if anyone has tried PickPick’s GIF screen recording. It doesn’t seem to work well for me after seeing the output file.

  3. Anonymous said on July 7, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Please stop Microsoft! Let the browser just be a browser!

  4. Henk said on July 6, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Mwah. I want a browser with a built-in air fryer for snacks.

  5. Paul(us) said on July 6, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Why not give the user the possibilty to add to the browser what he as the user really need?
    This so the all for him bloatware function, what slows down the browser, is not a burden.

  6. anona said on July 6, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Image editing doesn’t belong in a browser. Neither do screenshot tools – unless it allows for scrolling/full-page screenshots. Neither do crypto wallets or mail clients or calendars.

  7. JS said on July 6, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I could be useful for quick editing.

    Bloat definition however is arbitrary and user dependent.

    I wonder when they (the devs) will realize you can run terminal from the browser and other tools. If its JS you can run pretty much anything.

  8. chesscanoe said on July 6, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Image editors like IrfanView and GIMP have taken many years to evolve to their current super utility. Why bloat Edge to this goal and why even bother if it not the goal?

  9. thebrowser said on July 6, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Interesting, this is the type of feature that I would’ve expect coming from Vivaldi. I don’t think it’s necessary to have this functionality built-in but I can see the use for those who take a lot of screenshots of websites and want to do some quick annotations or edits.

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