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Picture-in-picture mode now shows up on Edge Canary's Global Media Controls

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What you need to know

  • The picture-in-picture icon now appears within Edge Canary's Global Media Control UI.
  • To use the feature, you need to enable a couple of options from edge://flags/.
  • The feature should work on all websites.

Microsoft Edge already supports a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to view videos within a popped out window. Now, you can easily create picture-in-picture windows using the Global Media Controls UI. Microsoft breaks down the new feature in a recent post (opens in new tab).

The Global Media Controls UI allows you to easily play, pause, and skip media content. It appears somewhat similar to the bar that shows up when you press media keys on a device.

To use the new picture-in-picture option within the Global Media Controls, you need to go to edge://flags/ and activate both Global Media Controls and the Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture feature.

Pip Canary

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This new feature doesn't add picture-in-picture mode, which can already be accessed by right-clicking videos (or double right-clicking for YouTube videos), but makes it easier to use the feature.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • I remember when we thought this was coming to Xbox after Snap went the way of Cortana.
  • This is great to make the feature more visible to users. I hope that they add a floating button on top of Web videos that are allowed to PIP. It would be nicer if there is an animation similar to Safari on macOS just to make the experience feels connected switching from one UI to another. At least the feature works well and it is going to be more visible.