How to enable screenshots for site history on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge can now save thumbnail previews for sites in the History tab, and here's how to enable the feature.

Microsoft Edge site history screenshots
Microsoft Edge site history screenshots

On Microsoft Edge, you can enable an option to save screenshots of the sites you visit that will then appear as thumbnail previews in the History tab, and in this guide, you will learn how to enable the feature.

In the latest preview of the browser (version 117) available in the Canary Channel (via Gizmochina), Microsoft is testing a new feature that allows Edge to take a screenshot of the websites you visit to make them available as preview thumbnails when hovering over the link in the History tab to make it easier to identify the page you want to visit again.

This guide will teach you the easy steps to enable previews of visited pages in the History tab of Microsoft Edge.

Enable automatic screenshots for sites on Edge

To enable Microsoft Edge to show previews of sites you visited, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge on Windows 11.

  2. Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Click on Settings.

  4. Click on Privacy, search, and services.

  5. Under the “Services” section, turn on the “Save screenshots of site for History” toggle switch.

    Save screenshots of site for History

Alternatively, you can open the “History” tab (Ctrl + H) and click the image button next to the delete button in the top-right corner to enable the feature.

Once you complete the steps, when you hover over the sites you visited, you will see a thumbnail preview to make it easier to identify the page you want to revisit.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].