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. It's secure, easily updated, and works well with other products in the Microsoft ecosystem. One popular feature of Edge is Web Notes. Use Web Notes to scribble notes on a web page the same way you would write your thoughts on a magazine or essay.

Here's how to use Web Notes to turn web pages into a digital drawing board, save your notes, and share notes 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 plans to return similar note-taking functionality 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. Personal users might draw a circle around an item they want as a gift and send it to a loved one as a hint.

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

How to Use Web Notes

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

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

    Microsoft Edge with the Web Notes icon highlighted
  2. A new toolbar appears 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.

    The Web Notes toolbar in Microsoft Edge with the Pen tool highlighted
  4. Select the Highlighter tool to highlight words, sentences, paragraphs, and other portions of the active page.

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

    The Web Note toolbar in Edge with the Highlighter tool highlighted
  5. Use a mouse to annotate the page. 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 open a text box, and type your notes there.

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

    The Web Notes bar in Edge with the Typed Note option highlighted
  7. Use the Erase tool to remove markings made with the pen or highlighter by clicking the markings.

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

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

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

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

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

    The Web Notes toolbar in Edge with the Exit button highlighted