How to Use Web Notes in Microsoft Edge

Turn a web page into a doodling board

The Microsoft Edge web browser is built into Windows 10 and is secure, easily updated, and works well with other products in the Microsoft ecosystem. One popular feature of Edge is Web Notes, which allows uses to scribble notes on the page just as if they were jotting down their thoughts on a magazine or essay.

Here's a look at how to use Web Notes to turn web pages into your own digital drawing board, and how to save your notes or share them with others.

The Web Notes feature currently is available only in older Windows versions of Microsoft Edge. This feature is absent from the latest Edge update, released in April 2020. However, Microsoft promises that similar note-taking functionality will return in future Edge releases. This article explains how Web Notes works in older Edge versions.

Uses for Web Notes

The Web Notes tool is great for highlighting facts and statistics, making it an excellent tool for students. Business users might work with Web Notes to collaborate on projects and comment on research, while personal users might draw a circle around an item they want as a gift and send it off to a loved one as a very obvious hint.

Save Web Notes to OneNote, or select the Share tool to email or text the note, or even share it to Twitter and other social sites.

How to Use Web Notes

To use Web Notes, open up the Edge browser and navigate to the web page you want to annotate.

  1. Select the Make a Web Note icon in the top right of the screen. (It looks like a broken square with a pen in the middle of it or a pen scribbling a wavy line).

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Web Notes icon highlighted
  2. A new toolbar will appear at the top of the page.

    Web Notes toolbar in Microsoft Edge
  3. Select the Pen tool to draw on the selected web page. (Change the color and size in the Options box.)

    The Pen tool turns your mouse pointer, finger or stylus into a customizable pen. While enabled, you can draw or write anywhere on the current web page.

    A screenshot of the Web Notes toolbar in Microsoft Edge with the Pen tool highlighted
  4. Select the Highlighter tool to highlight words, sentences, paragraphs, or any other portion of the active page.

    Modify the highlighter's color and size through its Options box.

    A screenshot of the Web Note toolbar in Edge with the Highlighter tool highlighted
  5. Use a mouse to annotate the page in whatever way you wish. Use a finger or pen if you're using a touchscreen device.

  6. To add a longer text comment, select the Typed Note tool to bring up a text box, and then type your notes there.

    These notes are numbered by their order of creation and can be deleted by clicking on the accompanying trash can icon.

    A screenshot of the Web Notes bar in Edge with the Typed Note option highlighted
  7. Use the Erase tool to quickly removes markings made with the pen or highlighter just by clicking on them.

    Erase everything in one fell swoop by clicking on the bottom right-hand corner of the Erase button and selecting Clear all ink from the drop-down menu.

    A screenshot of the Web Note toolbar with the Eraser tool highlighted
  8. When you're done with your edits, select the Save icon to save the annotated file.

    Save the active page to OneNote, Edge's Favorites, or the browser's Reading List directly from a pop-out menu.

    A screenshot of the Web Notes toolbar in Edge with the Save button highlighted
  9. Select the Share button to send the file via email, text, Facebook, and more options.

    A screenshot of the Web Notes toolbar with the Share button highlighted
  10. Select Exit on the top right of the Web Notes toolbar to close the Web Notes interface and return to a normal browsing session.

    A screenshot of the Web Notes toolbar in Edge with the Exit button highlighted