Earlier this month, a limited number of users began seeing a new ‘Web Capture’ feature in Edge Canary. As the name suggests, the feature lets users capture a screenshot of a web page on the browser and copy the image to a clipboard or save it. It partially mimics the capability that was present in legacy Edge that let users capture and annotate on the web.
Today, Microsoft has officially detailed the feature as it makes its way to the Canary and Dev channel builds. The tool sits in the Settings menu accessed from the ellipsis icon (…) on the top right and can also be pinned to the toolbar. Selecting the icon automatically switches the screen to capture mode, where users can easily drag around to choose exactly what they want to capture.
Interestingly, the feature also supports scroll capture. Users can drag the selection tool to the bottom of the webpage, which causes the page to scroll, allowing for capturing more than just the current view of the website. The tool can also be accessed using the Ctrl+Shift+S keyboard shortcut.
The Redmond giant says that it is working to add more features such as the ability to ink on the screenshots, highlight sections, capture the entire webpage, and even annotate while scrolling through screenshots. For now, though, the only two options available on the selection tool include the ‘Copy’ and ‘Preview’ commands. The preview screen further provides options to save, share, or copy the image.
While the firm did not mention any specific build numbers that are required for enabling the feature, Edge Dev and Canary users should begin seeing it in the current builds. The addition of this tool and the upcoming capabilities will be a welcome addition for those that leveraged this feature in Edge legacy and those that rely on taking quick notes from webpages.