Microsoft is testing image preview in Edge Canary

One of the latest updates to Microsoft Edge Canary introduced a new hidden feature that improves your interaction with images on websites. Called “Enlarge Image,” it lets you right-click any image and preview it in a larger window without leaving your current tab or opening a new one. Besides enlarging the image, enlarging the image shows its unique text or short description.

A screenshot of Microsoft Edge Canary and its Magnify image feature

Like many changes and new features in the Canary Channel, “Zoom Image” is only available to a subset of Edge Insiders. However, you can enable it by changing your Microsoft Edge Canary shortcut using the shortcut command. Here’s how to do it (with).

  1. Update Microsoft Edge Canary to version 120.0.2198 or newer by going to edge://settings/help.
  2. Right-click your Microsoft Edge Canary shortcut and select “Properties.”
  3. Click the “Target” box, put one space after the path, and add the following command: –enable-features=msEdgeImageMagnifyUI
  4. Save changes by clicking OK.
  5. Go to Settings > System and performance and turn off Startup Boost. Skip this step if the feature is already disabled.
  6. Close the browser and launch it again using the modified shortcut.
  7. Navigate to any web page, right-click an image, and click “Enlarge Image.”A screenshot of Microsoft Edge Canary and its Magnify image feature

The image preview window lets you give Microsoft a thumbs up or thumbs down—developers use those buttons to gather feedback from Edge users, so feel free to use them if you want to share your thoughts with the Microsoft Edge team.

It is worth noting that Google is working on a similar feature for Chrome. However, unlike Edge, it allows previewing links in small windows, similar to how Apple’s apps allow you to long-tap a link to preview its content.

Speaking of testing features in Edge, Microsoft is also testing automatic browser restarts to let Edge install available updates quickly. You can check out this article to learn more about that.

Do you think image preview will be a useful feature in the Edge browser? Let us know what you think in the comments below.