How to Summarize a PDF in Bing Chat Easily

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How to Summarize a PDF in Bing Chat

The demand for summarizing lengthy PDF textbooks, manuals, and legal contracts is rising, and now with the New Bing feature in the Microsoft Edge browser, it has become easier than ever. New Bing, the AI tool powered by ChatGPT, can easily condense PDFs into bite-sized sentences. 

On this page, I’d like to introduce the simple steps (with illustrations) I just discovered for you to fast and easily summarize local PDF documents on your computer using the Microsoft Edge browser, commercial products are no longer needed!

For demonstration, I’ll be using Microsoft Edge to summarize the “Writing Learn to Write Better Academic Essays (Collins English for Academic Purposes)” PDF file from PDFDrive, which contains 68,682 words. The summary output, on the other hand, is merely 125 words.

To get started, make sure you have installed or updated to the latest version of Microsoft Edge to access the New Bing and Discover/Bing chat features. 

How to Summarize a Local PDF Document Using Microsoft Edge: Step by Step

Step 1. Open Microsoft Edge

Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

Step 2. Go to Edge Settings

Click on the Settings and more button (with a triple dots icon), alternatively, press ALT + F on the keyboard. Then select Settings from the dropdown.

Go to Settings in the Edge Browser
Go to Settings in the Edge Browser

Step 3. Search App and Notification

In the search bar to the right, type in and press enter to search for app and notification. In the search results, click on Bing Chat

Search for App and Notification in the Left Box
Search for App and Notification in the Left Box

Step 4. Enable Page Context for Bing Chat

In the App and notification settings for Bing Chat, tick on Page context.

Tick on Page Context for Bing Chat
Tick on Page Context for Bing Chat

Step 5. Import PDF to Edge Browser

Drag and drop the PDF you need to summarize into the Edge browser. You’ll know you’ve done it correctly when you see the preview screen of your PDF.

Drag and Drop to Import the PDF File into the Edge Browser
Drag and Drop to Import the PDF File into the Edge Browser

Step 6. Open the Discover Feature

Click on the Bing icon from the upper-right side to activate the Discover/Bing Chat feature. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + . to use the Bing Chat.

Open Bing Chat from the Upper-left Corner
Open Bing Chat from the Upper-left Corner

Step 7. Summarize PDF in Microsoft Edge

Type the text prompt “summarize the webpage” into the text box and press Enter on the keyboard, and Bing Chat will automatically scrape the information and summarize the PDF.

Summarize PDF with Text Prompts Using Bing  Chat
Summarize PDF with Text Prompts Using Bing Chat

Step 8. Ask Follow-Up Questions

As you can see, there will be 3 suggested questions provided after the summary, click on any of them to acquire further information about the article. If needed you can ask more follow-up questions as well.

How to Summarize a Part of a PDF in Microsoft Edge

Here is a further usage of the Bing Chat summarizer tool. If you select text in the imported PDF document, Bing Chat will automatically fetch the selected text and ask if you need to send the text to Bing Chat. 

Summarize a Part of a PDF Using Bing Chat
Summarize a Part of a PDF Using Bing Chat

Click Send and you’ll see you can do further things to any particular part of the text in a PDF:

  • Explain: Explain the meaning of the selected text in more readable and digestible sentences.
  • Revise PDF: Using AI to rewrite the given text to make the meaning clearer and more precise 
  • Summarize PDF: Summarize a part of a PDF using the given text.
  • Expand PDF: Using AI to rewrite and expand the length of the selected text, the original meaning of the text is unchanged.

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Oswald Chen

As a seasoned tech and IT professional, Oswald is also a heavy cord-cutter, video editor, and gamer in his leisure time. His primary goal is to bring correct and unbiased information to the public from thorough research. Oswald was originally known by the public as a Kodi (XBMC) expert, now he keeps learning and innovating, and his interest has branched out to the entire technology field. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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