People who are visually impaired require the assistance of screen readers to browse the internet. When a screen reader comes across an image on a website, it uses the image’s alternative text (alt text) to describe it. However, not everyone adds alt text to their website’s images, and that’s where Microsoft Edge’s automatic image labels come in to fill the blanks.
You just need to know how to enable them. Here, we’ll take you through exactly that.
What Are Automatic Image Labels in Microsoft Edge?
Automatic Image Labels are a feature in Microsoft Edge, where the browser automatically replaces an image’s alternative text if it’s missing or unhelpful. The feature uses advanced machine learning algorithms to come up with a description that best matches the image.
With automatic image labels, Edge can use common image formats, such as PNG, JPEG, WEBP, GIF, and TIFF, to generate alt text. However, it will not auto-generate image labels if the images are too small (less than 50 x 50 pixels), too large, explicit, or marked as “decorative.”
How to Enable Automatic Image Labels in Edge
For the automatic image labels feature to be available, make sure you’re using the latest version of Microsoft Edge. Then, follow the instructions below:
- Open Microsoft Edge on your computer.
- Click the three horizontal dots in the top-right corner and select Settings on the dropdown.
- On the left side menu of Edge’s settings, select Accessibility.
- In the Make Microsoft Edge easier to use section, turn on the toggle for Get image descriptions from Microsoft for screen readers.
- You’ll then see a privacy statement pop-up at the top. Click Yes, I’m in.
And that’s it! You’ll now see Edge’s automatic image labels where they can be provided.
Enjoy Auto-Generated Image Labels in Edge
With this feature, Microsoft Edge will automatically generate alt text for certain images. This feature will be a great help to you or anyone else who uses screen readers on websites. And it’s just one of the many accessibility features that make Edge a user-friendly browser.
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