Microsoft is cooking up a new feature in its upcoming version of Edge—Microsoft Edge 117—that will enable it to take a screenshot of every website you visit for “History” purposes.

Dubbed the “Save the screenshots of site for History,” it comes with the description: “We’ll take screenshots of the sites you visit and save it so that you can quickly revisit the site you want from history.”

What’s the screenshot for?

Probable controversy aside, the said feature comes with the benefit of enabling the user to re-access pages, without the need to do so online. In other words, it gives users offline access to previously accessed pages. In addition, users can also get a preview thumbnail of the page they are trying to access offline by simply hovering the cursor over it.

But of course, such a feature does come with its setback. In particular, it could mean that Microsoft could be overstepping its bounds when it comes to users’ privacy, which understandably does not sit well with the public.

While the feature is still undergoing testing in the Dev and Canary channels, it is already known where it can be found when it rolls out in public.


Disable the feature (if it’s on)

Users can immediately expect Microsoft’s shenanigan to become built into the Edge web browser as soon as Build 117 gets released. Fortunately for the users, though, the said functionality will not be enabled by default once they update to the latest version of Edge.

However, believing the contrary, users can instead check for themselves if that is indeed the case through one of the following methods:

• By clicking on the three-dotted icon on the upper-right side of the web browser, then clicking on “Settings,” and then clicking on “Privacy, search, and services” where the option to toggle the feature on or off can be found (just below “Save images for Favorites”).

• Go directly to the setting by typing “edge://settings/privacy” as a URL and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the on/off toggle.

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