Latest Microsoft Edge Dev Channel update brings new keyboard shortcuts, other tweaks

Arif Bacchus

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Right on schedule, late this afternoon Microsoft announced the release of yet another Microsoft Edge Dev build. Coming in at version 84.0.495.2 this week, this is again another minor update. It delivers just one new keyboard shortcut, and some other tweaks. Here’s a look at what you need to know.

As always, there’s the new stuff first. On this front Microsoft has added a new keyboard shortcut to show the options bar in Immersive Reader. There are also some more options for Smart Screen, Guided Switch, and more. The changelog below explains it all:

  • Added the ability for Guided Switch to offer to switch to personal profiles instead of just work or school profiles.
  • Added a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Shift+R on Windows) to show the options bar in Immersive Reader. Added support for SmartScreen to block potentially unwanted apps that are downloaded as ClickOnce or DirectInvoke applications.
  • Added the ability for developers to debug Edge instances that are running in headless mode.

When it comes to reliability and changed behaviors, these cover issues with the back and forward buttons, pasting text into fields, and high CPU usage. Microsoft also fixed issues where sharing multiple times in succession might crash the browser. Have a look below for more, and check out the full changelog here:

  • Fixed an issue where right clicking the back/forward buttons to open the Travel Log crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the link on the History management page to clear browsing data crashes the browser.
  • Fixed another issue where random renderer processes sometimes have high, consistent CPU use.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to Share multiple times in quick succession sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting into text fields on webpages sometimes doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge’s Taskbar shortcut sometimes disappears.
  • Fixed an issue where apps appear in the … > Apps menu that shouldn’t.
  • Fixed an issue where the website info flyout isn’t correct in Immersive Reader.
  • Fixed an issue where certain address fields can’t be left empty when editing an address saved in Settings even though they should be able to be.

As for the known issues, there is a new one this week. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date. Other known issues cover some problems with favorites get duplicated, Edge windows becoming all black, “wobbling” behavior when scrolling.

It should also be noted that Microsoft is looking for feedback for people who might have seen the mouse cursor disappear when interacting with Edge. The company is still trying to get to the cause of it. Feel free to check out the discussion here, if you’re impacted.