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How to enable auto-generated image tags in Microsoft Edge

In Windows 11, Microsoft Edge now has an option to generate alternate text labels for images on the web that dont include them.

"Alt text" or "alt text" is a useful part of the website code tag that screen readers use to describe the content of an image to people with visual impairments. Since not all images on the Internet provide this information, Microsoft Edge processes the image without any information using machine learning (ML) to automatically generate a description.

The feature is not perfect, but the description will be better than no information at all. Once you activate the feature, the browser will send any image format JPEG, PNG, GIF, WEBP and any other format to the cloud for processing, and will return a description in five different languages and any text within the image in more than 120 languages.

The feature will not work with images marked as decorative, smaller than 50 x 50 pixels, excessively large, or explicit.

In this Windows 11 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to enable the option to generate image labels automatically in Microsoft Edge.

How to enable automatic image tags in Edge

To let Edge automatically generate image tags, follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Click on the Settings and more (three dots) at the top right corner and select the Settings option.
  • Click Accessibility.
  • Under the “Make Microsoft Edge easier to use” section, turn on the Get a picture description from Microsoft for screen readers toggle switch.
  • Click the yes, I'm in button.

Once you complete the steps, while browsing the web, if an image doesn't have a useful tag, the browser will generate an alternate text tag automatically.

Enable auto-generated labels from Accessibility

To enable screen reader support through the Accessibility settings, follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Copy and paste the following path into the address bar and press Enter: edge://accessibility/
  • In the “Accessibility modes” section, check the Web accessibility option.
  • Check the Screen Reader Compatibility option.

After completing the steps, the browser will use ML to generate tags for the missing "alt text" in the image over the Internet.

Date update on 2022-04-08. Date published on 2022-04-08. Category: Computer class Author: Oscar olg Fuente: tecnologar