Microsoft started testing a new Maths Solver tool for its Edge browser earlier this month. The feature was previously being tested with a small subset of Insiders, but some users spotted a new flag to enable this feature in the Canary channel a few days ago.
“Math Solver in Microsoft Edge lets you to take picture of a math problem – be it handwritten or printed – and then provides an instant solution with step-by-step instructions to help you learn how to reach the solution on your own. It also comes ready with a mathematical keyboard so you can easily type math problems instead of hunting around a traditional keyboard for the characters you need,” the Edge Insider team explained.
To get started, Edge Insiders will need to follow the steps listed below:
- Copy and paste “edge://flags/#edge-math-solver” in the address bar of the browser.
- Use the dropdown menu to set the status of this flag to “Enabled,” and restart the browser.
- Finally, head to Menu >> More Tools >> Math Solver to start the Math Solver tool.
Microsoft Edge will instantly open the Math Solver tool in a sidebar, and users will be able to use the tool in two ways. They can either select a math problem on a webpage or type a math problem using the keyboard. Regardless of the method users choose, the tool will automatically solve it for them in a matter of seconds.
Moreover, users can view the complete steps for solving the problem and check out additional materials such as video tutorials, worksheets, and quizzes (if required). There is also an option to add the Math Solver button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge. To do this, head to Settings >> Appearance and then click the “Show Math Solver” toggle button.
This new capability is only available in the Edge Canary 91.0.831.0 build (or higher), but it's unclear at this time when it will officially be available in the Stable channel. Hopefully, this feature will make its way through the Dev builds of Edge in the coming weeks. In case you missed it, Microsoft recently added the ability to import passwords from CSV files.