Defining Words Quickly

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated October 14, 2019)

2

When you read a PDF, e-book, or webpage in Microsoft Edge you might come across a word that you might need help understanding. Perhaps the meaning of the word has escaped your memory, or you just haven't run across the word before. Either way, Microsoft Edge has a very handy feature that can help you find the definition of the word. Best of all, this feature has been available and enabled by default since the October 2018 update.

To test this out, open your desired webpage, e-book, or PDF in Microsoft Edge. Then activate Reading View. (If you don't know how to do that, click this link for further information.)

Select any single word in the text you are reading, and an overlay will appear above the word. (Make sure you select only a single word; this won't work if you select more than that.) This overlay provides a short definition of the word you selected. You can even click on the speaker icon in the overlay and have the word pronounced for you. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. A selected word's definition overlay within Microsoft Edge.

With this handy feature you can quickly improve your vocabulary or help provide a better understanding of why the author used a certain word in their writing.

 This tip (13687) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

MORE FROM ERIC

Quick Assist for Quick Help

Many times, in our lives we will be asked, or we will ask, for computer help. Windows 10 offers a quick way of doing this ...

Discover More

Understanding USB Speeds

The primary method to connect external devices to computers today is USB. Learn about the types of USB and what makes ...

Discover More

Creating a QR Code for a Web Page

QR codes allow for data to be scanned quickly and actions to take place. Use Edge Chromium to create a QR code to open a ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Customize Edge's Kids Mode

Microsoft Edge Chromium's Kids Mode allows for restricted viewing for child safety. See how to customize Kids Mode to ...

Discover More

Adjusting Print Margins in Microsoft Edge

Printing hard copies of web pages can be difficult when you want the printout to have margins suitable for storing the ...

Discover More

Displaying the Home Button in Microsoft Edge

By default, Microsoft Edge does not display a Home button on its toolbar. If you like having the Home button visible, ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 1?

2019-10-18 11:53:12

David H.

Vivian. I use the Google Dictionary extension on my chrome browser. Here's the link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-dictionary-by-goog/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja?hl=en


2019-10-14 11:16:33

Vivian W

Is Edge the only browser with this great feature?


Newest Tips