Highlight text and search on Microsoft Edge

By design Issue #14285734

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Author
JACK Z.
Created
Oct 18, 2017
Privacy
This issue is public.
Found in build #
15.15063
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Reported by 1 person

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Steps to reproduce

On most browsers you can highlight text and right click on it and search for the terms. Even in Internet explorer you have the option.

However in Microsoft Edge the option is not available.

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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Title from “Highlight text and search on Microsoft Edge” to “Highlight text and search on Microsoft Edge”

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

    • Hello,

      Thank you for providing this information about the issue. Currently, you need to enable Cortana and then you can select text on a webpage and right-click it and choose Ask Cortana.

      If you would prefer a Search Bing option, please feel welcome to submit your request at http://uservoice.microsoftedge.com where other developers can up-vote your suggestion.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Status to “Won’t fix”

    • Changed Status from “Won’t fix”

    • I find that even ask cortana is not available if using InPrivate mode.

      For all other broswers, even internet explorer, the right click context search works even in InPrivate mode.

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

      Changed Assigned To to “David R.”

      Changed Assigned To from “David R.” to “James M.”

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your feedback regarding this issue. The “Ask Cortana” (and similarly the “Ask Bing”) tool is disabled by design for InPrivate browsing because it sends more context than just the highlighted text, which may not meet the user’s expectation of privacy.

      We are happy to consider a feature request for a comparable tool which can work for InPrivate browsing. Please submit your request at http://uservoice.microsoftedge.com where other developers can up-vote your suggestion.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Status to “By design”

    • I like Windows, but Microsoft needs to quit strong-arming it’s customers. We don’t need to be forced to use Cortana for convenient features, we don’t need Windows 10 to auto-install, we don’t need to be prematurely forced out of O.S’s that still have security patch support.
      I downloaded Chrome, and guess what? I have highlighted text search…

    • Hello,

      Thank you for providing this information about the issue. We are best suited to test and correct broken features for future releases of MS Edge. Please submit your request at http://uservoice.microsoftedge.com where other developers can up-vote your suggestion.

      Best Wishes,

      The MS Edge Team

    • I continue to use Internet Explorer because I highlight text right click and search with Google. Why would you take this convenient feature away? It just doesn’t make sense. This change could not have been made with the user in mind.

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