How to Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10


Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17713, Microsoft added a new dictionary function in Microsoft Edge, so you can look up definitions for key words in Reading View, Books, and PDFs. You can then choose to have a word read aloud to you to hear the correct pronunciation or expand more details from the definition.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing definitions inline for Books, Reading View, and PDF files in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Lookup Definitions for Words in Microsoft Edge
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Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+X) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. Do step 4 (off) or step 5 (on) below for what you want.


 4. To Turn Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge

A) Click/tap on General on the left side, and turn off Show definitions inline for on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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 5. To Turn On Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on General on the left side, and turn on Show definitions inline for on the right side. (see screenshot below)

B) Check (on) or uncheck (off) Books, Reading View, and PDF files for what you want to show definitions inline for these items.

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Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wek yb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

Dictionary Enabled string value

yes = Turn on "Show definitions for"
no = Turn off "Show definitions for"

Book Dictionary Enabled string value

yes = Turn on Show definitions for "Books"
no = Turn off Show definitions for "Books"

ReadingView Dictionary Enabled string value

yes = Turn on Show definitions for "Reading view"
no = Turn off Show definitions for "Reading view"

Pdf Dictionary Enabled string value

yes = Turn on Show definitions for "PDF files"
no = Turn off Show definitions for "PDF files"


1. Do step 2 (off) or step 3 (on) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn Off Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_show_definitions_inline_for_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download


 3. To Turn On Show Definitions Inline in Microsoft Edge

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Turn_ON_show_definitions_inline_for_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

B) Click/tap on the Download button you want below to download the file below.

Turn_ON_show_definitions_inline_for_Books_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

OR

Turn_OFF_show_definitions_inline_for_Books_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

C) Click/tap on the Download button you want below to download the file below.

Turn_ON_show_definitions_inline_for_Reading_view_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

OR

Turn_OFF_show_definitions_inline_for_Reading_view_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

D) Click/tap on the Download button you want below to download the file below.

Turn_ON_show_definitions_inline_for_PDF_files_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

OR

Turn_OFF_show_definitions_inline_for_PDF_files_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

E) When finished, go to step 4 below.

4. Save the .reg file(s) to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.

That's it,
Shawn