Edge Now Allows Opening Selected Text in Immersive Reader

Yet another interesting option made its appearance in the Canary version of Microsoft Edge Chromium. With the latest build, you can now select a text and send it to 'immersive reader'. This will open the Reading View, i.e. distraction free mode with the selected text.


This feature is quite useful when you are reading a paragraph on a web site with a design that makes it hard to read. Instead of reloading the whole web page in Reading View, you can select a small piece of the text and quickly open for reading from the context menu.

Open In Immersive ReaderOpen In Immersive Reader (1)

The following video demonstrates the new feature in action.

The new feature is available in version 81.0.394.0 and can be enabled with this new flag:


Edge Enable Open In Immersive Reader

The stable version of Microsoft Edge browser is now available to download. Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft to supports Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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