Microsoft Edge Might Soon Get a Built-in Office File Viewer

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Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser has been my browser of choice since it launched, and for good reason. The browser offers many useful features, Chrome extension support, and more. And now Microsoft seems to be working on another useful feature for it.

According to the latest update from the Edge Dev channel, Microsoft is testing a new Office file viewer within the Edge browser. The option was enabled by default for me with the latest Edge Dev update 92.0.873.1. However, if you don’t have it enabled, this is where you can find it.

To go edge: // settings -> Downloads. Here you will find the new option “Quickly view Office files on the web with Office Viewer”. Just enable the toggle and voila.

Office file viewer border

So what does this function do? Well, until now, if you were searching for presentations, word documents, or even spreadsheets online and clicked on a direct link to a ppt, docx, or xls file, your browser would just download it. However, with this new feature, the file will open in the Edge browser. In fact, for things like presentations, you now also get a handy slideshow mode within the browser, as well as a notes panel.

edge office file viewer in action

If you really intended to download the file, you can still use the Download button on the toolbar to download the presentation or document to your computer. If you use Bing Search, the functionality has been integrated quite well as well. Basically, for links that lead to Office files, you will now see a handy ‘Web View’ option right next to the link that will open the file within Edge’s new Office viewer.

bing integration for Office Edge file viewer

This feature should prove much more useful to students than it will ever be to me, but I’m quite excited about it, even if I’ll only use it a couple of times in my life. As mentioned above, the feature is available on Edge Dev and not on the stable channel. Therefore, it is not known when (or if) it will be available to the general public, but stay tuned.

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