How to Use Microsoft Edge’s Integrated AI Image Generator

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  • July 9, 2024

Microsoft Edge browser gives you access to powerful generative AI models that are free from the get-go. You can use Edge’s built-in AI Copilot to quickly generate and refine images. A new online tool called Microsoft Designer is also available on Edge as well as other Chromium-based browsers including Google Chrome.

I regularly use Copilot to create all sorts of stylized images, and when I need something polished, I turn to a Designer. Here, I’ll explain how to use Microsoft Edge’s integrated AI image generator effectively, one of the best AI tools available.

Let’s dive right in!

How to Use Copilot within Microsoft Edge to Create AI Images: Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft Edge’s integrated AI Copilot offers a seamless way to generate and refine images directly within your browser.

In addition to image generation, Microsoft constantly enhances Copilot’s capabilities, including the launch of new Copilot plugins aimed at making your experience even more versatile and productive.

Here’s how you can use Copilot to create images:

Step 1: Sign In to Edge

First, ensure you’re signed in to Edge with a Microsoft or work/school account:

  1. Open Edge and click the three-dot More icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the Profiles screen, choose the account you want to use and click the Sign in to sync data button.
  4. Adjust the Sync settings, turning off any items you don’t want to sync.

Step 2: Update Edge

Make sure you’re running the latest version of Edge:

  1. Click the More icon again.
  2. Go to Help and Feedback and select About Microsoft Edge.
  3. Edge will automatically download and install any available updates.

Step 3: Access Copilot from the Sidebar

  1. Hover over or click the Copilot icon at the top of the Edge sidebar on the right to make the pane for Copilot appear.
  2. Hovering over the icon opens the pane in floating mode. Clicking anywhere else in the browser closes the pane.
  3. Clicking the icon opens the pane in side-by-side mode with your main browser window. In this mode, you can resize the pane width by dragging the separation bar left or right.


Step 4: Ask Copilot to Create an Image

  1. In the prompt window, tell Copilot to create an image and describe the image you want created.
  2. Click the arrow icon to the right of the prompt.
  3. By default, four images should be generated, each shown as a small thumbnail.


Step 5: Revise the Image

  1. Copilot suggests a few prompts to revise the image creation with further details.
  2. Select one of the suggested prompts, and Copilot will generate four new images.


Step 6: View an Image in a Larger Format

  1. Click any image to view it in a larger size.
  2. The image should appear in the main Edge window.


Step 7: Share or Save the Image

  1. If you like the image, you can choose what to do with it.
  2. Click Share to create a shareable link.
  3. Click Save to save the image to a collection in your browser.
  4. Click Download to download the file as a JPEG.

Step 8: Customize the Image

  1. To edit the image, click Customize.
  2. The Microsoft Designer tool pops up with several options to modify the image. You can erase any part of the image, remove or blur the background, apply a filter, add text, and adjust the brightness and other visual elements. You can even try out specific designs and templates.
  3. For those interested in further fine-tuning the aesthetic aspects of their projects, learning how to edit AI output for style and tone consistency can be an invaluable skill.


How to Use Designer within Microsoft Edge to Create AI Images: Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft Designer is another powerful tool integrated into the Edge browser, providing users with advanced capabilities for image creation and customization. Here’s how you can use Microsoft Designer to create images:

Step 1: Add Designer to Sidebar

1. Check the Sidebar: Look for the Designer icon on the right sidebar of Edge.

2. Add the Icon: If you don’t see it, click the + icon (Customize) at the bottom of the sidebar. Browse or search for Designer in the list of apps.

  • Depending on your version of Edge and Windows, the app will be called Designer (Preview) or Image Creator from Designer.
  • You can also access Designer at

3. Launch Designer: Click the icon to launch it in the right pane.

4. Pin to Sidebar: Right-click on the icon and select Pin to Sidebar if you wish to store the app there permanently.


Step 2: Generate the Images

  1. Go to Image Creator: Click on “Images” to go to the AI image creator in Designer
  2. Type a Description: At the prompt, type a description of the image you want.
  3. View Options: The designer will display a range of different images based on your description.
  4. Select an Image: Choose the image you want to use.
  5. Customize Option: Click Customize if you wish to tweak the image further.


Step 3: Customize and Save an Image

  1. Edit the Image: At the Designer edit screen, use the various tools to crop or resize the image.
  2. Apply Tools and Filters: Utilize AI tools
  3. , filters, adjustments, and new designs and styles to modify your image.
  4. Download: When you’re done, click the Download button to save your modified image.


What are the Tips for Using AI-powered Tools for Image Generation?

Creating high-quality images with AI-powered tools can be a seamless and creative process if approached correctly. Here are some image-generation prompt tips to help you achieve the best results:

1. Keep It Concise and Direct

Only specify what you want to see in the generated image without using additional instructions or verbs.

Example: Instead of saying, “Put a box of cans on a table,” simply say, “A box of cans on a table.”

2. Be Specific

Make sure to clearly describe what you want the scene to include, where elements should be placed, and how the scene should be composed.

Example: “A face wash in a bathroom on the sink next to a mirror.”

3. Use Precise Adjectives

Use adjectives to help the model understand the desired mood or style of the image.

Example: “A vintage leather chair in a cozy, dimly lit room.”

4. Avoid Ambiguous Language

Ambiguous terms can confuse the model and lead to undesired results.

Example: Instead of saying “Black and white spotted dog,” specify “A dog with black and white spots.”

5. Use Positive Language

Negative instructions such as “do not include” are typically ignored by the model.

Example: Instead of saying “Do not include trees,” specify what you want: “A beach scene with a clear sky.”

6. Test and Revise Prompts

Keep track of inputs and results to refine your prompts. If certain elements work well, incorporate them in your revised prompts.

Example: Start with “A sandal on a beach,” and if you want to add more, revise to “A sandal on a beach with a tree next to it.”

7. Avoid Add-on Inputs

Each input is treated independently by the model, so include all necessary information in a single prompt.

Example: Avoid saying “Now add a tree next to it” after the initial prompt. Instead, revise the entire prompt: “A sandal on a beach with a tree next to it.”

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The highest-quality AI image generators currently include tools like DALL-E 2 by OpenAI and MidJourney, known for their advanced capabilities and high-resolution outputs.

AI image generation works by using deep learning algorithms, particularly Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) or Variational Autoencoders (VAEs), to analyze and interpret text descriptions or other input data, creating new, high-quality images based on learned patterns and features from large datasets.

To access the Bing AI image generator, visit the Bing Image Creator website or use the Microsoft Designer tool integrated into the Edge browser’s sidebar for easy access.

Yes, Microsoft Edge is available for iOS. You can download it from the App Store and use it on any iPhone or iPad running iOS 16.0 or later.

Wrap Up

Harnessing the power of Microsoft Edge’s integrated AI utilities, such as Copilot and Microsoft Designer, can significantly enhance your image creation capabilities. These tools provide seamless, user-friendly interfaces that allow you to generate, customize, and refine images directly within your browser.

By following our step-by-step guide on how to use Microsoft Edge’s integrated AI image generator and leveraging our tips for using AI-powered tools, you can create high-quality, visually appealing images that meet your specific needs. For more detailed explanations, check out the AI glossary.

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Dave Andre


Digital marketing enthusiast by day, nature wanderer by dusk. Dave Andre blends two decades of AI and SaaS expertise into impactful strategies for SMEs. His weekends? Lost in books on tech trends and rejuvenating on scenic trails.

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