Microsoft Edge Chromium: Prepopulate Find with Text Selection

Yet another interesting feature is coming to the Microsoft Edge Canary. If you select a text on a page, it will be automatically inserted into the Find text box once your press Ctrl + F.


As you may already know, Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

Microsoft Edge Download Page

For the upcoming Edge version, Microsoft made it possible to prepopulate the Find dialog box with the current text selection.

Here's how it works in action.

  1. Select some text on the page.
  2. Press Ctrl + F. The result will be as follows.Edge Prepopulate Find Text

The change will be useful when you select a term on the page and want to search for additional instances of that text block. You can omit the copy-paste procedure and save your time. This is handy when you are browsing some source code.

The team behind the Edge browser has made the appropriate commit to the Chromium code base, so it will land on Edge Canary soon. Note, it is not available yet in today's build

At the moment of this writing, the latest Microsoft Edge Chromium versions are as follows.

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

Thanks to Windows Latest.

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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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