Microsoft Edge has a cool feature not present on any other browsers
February 23, 2021

Preview documents before you download them.

Microsoft is pushing out new updates to its Edge browser that actually make it easier to use. I’ve admittedly started using the browser since it got updated with the new Chromium engine and I am actually enjoying it. Just today, it was reported that the Edge browser is getting a new toggle that will allow you to preview Office files even before you download them.

It may be a simple feature, but it will certainly make your workflow faster. The toggle is available for Office 365 users and will allow you to preview Office-based files like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new feature was discovered by user Leopeva64-2 from Reddit, and is currently accessible on the Canary builds of the Edge browser, and could be making its way to Beta and Stable versions soon.

Microsoft adds a new toggle in the Downloads section that allows you to enable or disable the option to open Office files (presentations, spreadsheets, and documents) within Edge instead of downloading them, and there is a new option to sort the Collections, by recently used (Edge Canary). from edge

Once the feature is enabled, clicking on a supported document type on the Edge browser will instantly preview the file on a new tab without downloading it. The best part is you can also print a copy of this preview without having to download the entire file. 

In my case, I mostly download attachments when I receive them in emails, and I often forget to delete them which in turn occupies more space on my computer. This new feature should hopefully make attachments easier to view and manage once it rolls out to everyone.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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