Microsoft Edge PDF reader will soon let you translate documents natively

August 24, 2023

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Microsoft is looking to bring a feature that lets you translate documents on Edge PDF reader, its built-in browser, even more easily. The question is, how will it work?

Edge enthusiast @Leopeva64 found that Microsoft Edge Canary, the experimental version of the browser, now allows users to translate selected text in its native PDF reader.

To do this, users can select the text they want to translate, right-click on it, and then click on the three dots for “More actions” > “Translate selection”. This option was previously grayed out in the context menu, but it seems that Microsoft is getting closer to releasing it to the public.

Though, there’s a catch. The translation feature in Microsoft Teams is not yet fully functional. Some users in the Canary preview version may still see the feature grayed out. It is also not yet clear whether Microsoft will use Bing AI or Bing Translator for it. However, this is still a positive development as it will make it easier for users to communicate with each other in different languages. 

Google Chrome, Edge’s competitor, does not yet have a translation feature in its native PDF reader. This is in contrast to the native browser, which allows users to translate entire web pages with a single click on the Google Translate icon next to the address bar. However, Google Translate is available as a Chrome extension, which can be used to translate PDF files.

As we have previously reported, Microsoft has been working on a number of new features for Edge, including an easy-to-access Bing AI chat button on the new dropdown menu on the New Tab page, and the release of Edge for Business in the Stable channel (version 116).

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