How To Use Smart Actions In Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has a Smart actions feature. With this, you can highlight words and directly find their meanings right within the browser.

smart actions in edge browser

This option is already enabled by default. However, to check it, open Edge browser, and in the address bar, type in:

edge://settings/appearance

accessing edge appearance settings

Then scroll down to Context menus and check if the option of Show smart actions is enabled.

smart actions settings in edge

Using Smart actions is simple. Highlight or select any word from the webpage. An ellipsis pop-up on top of the selection will be displayed.

smart actions pop-up

Hover the mouse on it to see a list of options. These include Copy, Search, Define, and More actions.

defining a highlighted word in edge

Click on Define. This will show the meaning of the selected word. You can also hear the pronunciation of the word.

using web search from smart actions

To use a web search for more details on it, click on the bottom option. If the More actions option is selected from the Smart actions menu, it will display other options too.

other options to search for words

These include displaying the meaning in the Edge sidebar through an online dictionary or using a web search.

word meaning displayed in edge sidebar

This is a useful built-in Edge feature that makes it easy to find meanings of specific words without any thesaurus or dictionary add-ons.

Happy surfing.

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