06-10-2019 09:33 AM
06-10-2019 09:33 AM
Microsoft Edge’s reading view experience is designed to let you read web content without any extraneous information or anything jarring that strain your eyes. Reading is
one of the primary activities that people do on the web. In most cases, it is hindered by ads and other irrelevant content that can be distracting. Reading view solves this problem by transforming the page completely to offer an immersive reading experience to people while consuming content on the web.
How to enter Reading View
Reading view can be accessed for most of the websites that have a lot of content to read. Some categories of such websites are news, articles, blogs, stories etc. To enter reading view, you can go on any of the websites that fall in the above categories and check out for a book shaped icon () in the top right corner of the address bar (as seen in the screenshot below). Reading view currently works for Windows, macOS and Edge on Android.
Reading View entry point on desktop
Reading View entry point on Android
Reading View experience
Once you enter Reading view, you will see the page transformed into a cleaner layout that has been optimized for efficient reading. The background theme, the fonts, line spacing, number of words per line etc. have been adjusted for a favorable reading experience. Apart from a distraction free and clean layout, research suggests that these changes help improve comprehension, concentration, and speed. See the images below on how it transforms the page.
Reading View experience on desktop
Reading View Experience on Android
At the same time, we have changed the layout from the previous version to a vertical one on desktops since it was one of the most requested changes by the users. We are working on the reading bar that can be used for customizing the background themes and font sizes and you will be able to access those features soon.
To exit, click the same icon and seamlessly get back to the original webpage.
To assist users with reading comprehension, reading view offers Grammar tools built right into the experience.
Click on the Grammar tools option on the toolbar and turn on parts of speech. This will highlight the text in reading view with colors associated with Nouns, Verbs or Adjectives.
To get assistance in pronunciations, you can turn on the " Syl•la•bles” option to see text broken down into chunks that make correct sounds for that language.
Grammar tools may not be available in your version of Edge yet. You can either wait for the version of Edge with Grammar tools in reading view or you can enable the following flag by going to edge://flags and enabling the Grammar tools item there.
Directly opening Reading View from bookmarks
You can also easily bookmark your favorite articles and open directly in reading view. As you can see, the URLs of all pages in reading view start with “read:” and hence can be uniquely identified. So, any webpage that is saved on your device or shared to friends will be automatically navigated to reading view for an engaged reading.
What do you think?
We’d appreciate if you can give reading view a try and let us know if you run into issues or have new ideas for the reading view functionality. Also, do comment on the layout of the experience and tell us if you want to see reading view on websites where we do not support currently. We would love to hear back from you. Click on the send feedback button and drop us a note.
06-10-2019 04:37 PM - edited 06-10-2019 04:38 PM
I love it! This will be perfect for ad-heavy sites. I use it incessantly on mobile because of the crazy clutter (and poor mobile responsiveness) on some sites, so I'm super happy to see it on desktop.
My only feature request (already sent via the smiley:( adding a shortcut key combo to open Reading View? I'd like to quickly open Reading View as soon as I see a lot of ads--usually, my hands are on the keyboard already after going to a site.
"CTRL+SHIFT+R", used for Reading View in Classic Edge, just reloads the page on Edge Dev 22.214.171.124.
06-11-2019 07:12 PM
@Elliot Kirk This is a feature that is long overdue. The unnecessary distractions of ads that bombard the page takes so much time from viewing. The cookies also direct specific ads that may be of interest to the reader/user; which will distract from the time intentionally meant for reading. Plus the accidental clicking of the ads will lead to more time wasted as we will need to navigate back to the original page. The look of the Amazon Fire or Kindle or Nook makes reading more pleasant. For kids, they need a clean page with some illustrations (or not) with the eye-friendly colors. The Grammar is super helpful as well. This should start very early on with elementary school material all the way through high school. If an additional button to remove the Grammar mode is there, this can also give someone the option.
06-12-2019 12:53 AM - edited 06-12-2019 12:54 AM
Edge has long had Reading view. It is one of the "Comin soon" items for Edge C. When it does arrive, we will be looking for it to have its tools. Some of us have Reading view, now, in Edge C, BUT, it or that version, has none of its tools.
06-12-2019 06:32 PM
Hi Elliot, talking about reading, I'm wondering if microsoft edge dev could open .epub file. I tried it and it couldn't open it, is there any kind of extension I need to install?, I'm asking it because usually I use microsoft edge to open .epub file.
Thanks @Elliot Kirk
06-12-2019 10:40 PM
Thanks for your feedback. We hope you are enjoying the reading experience.
We have added grammar tools for now behind a flag. You can go to edge://flags and search for "Grammar tools in reading view" to enable. The other tools that were present in Spartan are in process and should feature in shortly.
06-12-2019 11:03 PM
Thanks for your feedback. Currently, we have grammar tools behind the flag. You can go to edge://flags, search for "Grammar tools in reading view" and enable it. Other tools are going to be live soon.
We hope you are enjoying the current experience otherwise.
06-12-2019 11:04 PM
Hi Alex, For now, you can refer to some apps from Microsoft store. You can check the reading app collections from here - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/collections/thereadingroom. Hope this helps!
06-12-2019 11:09 PM
Thanks for your feedback. We are working on making the Wikipedia experience a lot better. Currently you may get a standard / no experience on some of the pages. Be rest assured the experience will be a whole lot better when we launch. Keep an eye out for it :)
06-13-2019 12:11 AM
Ok. It's just certainly good to know the tools (we all know what they are) are coming. I, for one, will await them being in RV. That's my preference rather than > flags for bits & pieces. Of course, I enjoy RV, use it a lot. However, it is only fully & truly enjoyable with all its tools. That's why it has them. As stated, good to know they are coming. Understandably, when Insiders see something 'bare bones' (Read: incomplete), they become concerned & vocal.
06-13-2019 12:35 AM
@Elliot Kirk the features are exactly what we need.
I have two feature requests for Reading Mode:
This is one of very handy features and will be much appreciated by the users.
Both of these features will make the Reading Mode complete in addition to the customization options and the Grammar Tools available...:)
06-13-2019 12:52 AM
@Drew1903 thanks for your reply ☺
Another bug I'd like to mention here is that, if you open a secured site in the Reading Mode, the site info is displayed as insecure. This must be corrected to show the info of the original page for which the Reading mode has been turned on...
Here is a snip showing the same:
The site's favicon on the tabs also gets lost there (shown in snip), which is not nice. Either the original site's favicon should be shown or a new Reading mode icon should be displayed over there...:D
06-13-2019 03:40 AM
@Elliot Kirk An observation: since Microsoft, like Google & Farcebook, relies on advertising at us to pay the bills, isn't reading mode a kind of footshot? Don't get me wrong, I hate ads (I'm in the UK, we have the BBC:smiling_face_with_heart_eyes:)
Also could you provide some guidelines of what makes edge offer reading view? I've been using edge-dev for a month or so, and I've never seen the button appear.
06-13-2019 04:35 AM - edited 06-13-2019 04:40 AM
@Elliot Kirk Using reading mode grows on me, instead of painstakingly using extensions to de-clutter websites.. :) Really looking forward to seeing possibilities for customization.
For inspiration, I can bring up 'Wikiwand', an extension for Wikipedia, that changes the page layout, and I really like their customization options:
- Dark/night mode (following the trend in this day and age..)
- Font size and type (sans-/serif).
- Text width and justification.
They even have two presets, "Rich" and "Minimal" for quickly changing the layout and look.
Thanks for listening, keep up the good work!
06-13-2019 07:00 AM - edited 06-13-2019 07:03 AM
Adding "read:" before the URL doesn't work. This worked in all other Edge versions (Win10, Android, iOS) to force Reading View. But here it doesn't work. Maybe you can repair this feature. It was always helpful to force pages into Reading View, even if Edge doesn't think the page is ready for Reading View.
PS: On a sidenote in classic Edge the Reading View was scrolled horizontally instead of vertically and also had a very nice column view. This was better than what the new Edge has.
06-13-2019 09:36 PM
06-13-2019 09:42 PM
Thanks for reaching out. "Read:" functionality is unavailable right now but is definitely in the pipeline. As per your comment on the horizontal layout, we have noted it and will reach out to the respective team to provide this feedback.
06-13-2019 10:23 PM
06-14-2019 03:26 AM - edited 06-14-2019 03:31 AM
I have another one, if you guys read an article in reading view mode that has links that bring to another website and after that we want back to our previous article by clicking the 'back' button it will show 'cant reach the page', well we can easily reload the page and then everything's is find but sometimes it's annoying.
And for the note it has no problem if the link just bring me to another page or articles in the same website.
06-16-2019 06:04 AM
@Elliot Kirk I use reading view a lot, mostly on technical/legal websites were articles are long. Your post mentions customization tools coming in future iterations.
A customization tool that I would like to see is a tool giving users the option to (1) set the background color to either beige or white, (2) set the typeface to serif or sans-serif, and (3) adjust font size. This isn't just a whim on my part. I'm in my 70's, and and for those of us with aging eyes, these customization options would increase usability.
Compare/contrast the two screens below:
06-16-2019 06:23 PM - edited 06-16-2019 10:01 PM
There are a bunch of features and tools in the Edge version of RV including, ones you mention. We are all anxiously awaiting them in the Edge C version. We have been told all will be there by the time Edge C becomes our default browser.
And here is a wee tip for you. In your Win10 > Settings > Ease of access. There you find a slider which will change/ set just only the text size. Try it, you will like it :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:
06-16-2019 07:00 PM - edited 06-17-2019 04:15 AM
"There are a bunch of features and tools in the Edge version of RV including, ones you mention."
I've set my Edge (Classic) Reading View to a white background and a slightly larger text size for years. Edge (Classic) does not offer users the option to switch from serif to sans-serif.
"We are all anxiously awaiting them in the Edge C version. We have been told all will be there by the time Edge C becomes our default browser."
I guess that I missed the announcement telling us that "all will be there by the time Edge C becomes our default browser". Elliot doesn't mention it in the article, and I've not seen anything else confirming that the release version will allow users to (a) change background color, (b) adjust font size, and (c) choose between serif and sans-serif. Can you give me a link or a quote? I'm particularly interested in the serif/sans-serif option.
"And here is a wee tip for you. In your Win10 > Settings > Ease of access. There you find a slider which will change/ set just only the text size. Try again, you will like it."
The slider changes font size in Windows menus, but does not change font size in Reading View.
As you no doubt know, another Ease of Access setting allows users to set text size from 100% to 125% and larger, but that affects everything in Windows, including the browser, window layouts and so on.
Neither fit the bill. But thanks for the comment.
EDIT: The author of the quoted comment edited the comment several hours after this comment was made, quoting the initial comment by that author. The following line was edited by the author of that post:
Original: "Try again, you will like it :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:"
Edited: "Try it, you will like it :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:"
06-16-2019 10:36 PM - edited 06-16-2019 10:41 PM
Yes, you got me... I should not have implied ALL mentioned features; no, cannot pick font type. Can pick page background shade, light to dark.
It was here in this Forum not long ago that someone from Edge said the stuff everyone was saying, "Hey, where is it?!" would be in RV by release time & we'd start seeing some feature/tools as time went along. No, link... I have a hard enough time finding exchanges in here at the best of times 🤨.
I wish you'd quoted me after the correction was made ;) My mobile must have said something I hadn't noticed.
Yes, that's why the was a lot of happiness when only just the text size could be affected. And not everything.
As can be seen, I have the text slightly enlarged. Windows, et al are not.
BTW, in case think otherwise, I am not arguing... in case the typing sounds like it.
06-17-2019 12:14 AM
06-17-2019 04:27 AM
@Drew1903 "I wish you'd quoted me after the correction was made ;) My mobile must have said something I hadn't noticed."
I wish so, too. I prefer my quotes to be entirely accurate. However, your edits came several hours after I commented, so all I can do is correct the record in my comment.
I did a line-by-line comparison of your comment as it has been edited through this morning (see attached screenshot). In the line-by-line, "E" = Drew's edited version, "Q" = my quoted version. I found only one difference, in the very last line of your comment:
E: There are a bunch of features and tools in the Edge version of RV including, ones you mention.
Q: There are a bunch of features and tools in the Edge version of RV including, ones you mention.
E: We are all anxiously awaiting them in the Edge C version.
Q: We are all anxiously awaiting them in the Edge C version.
E: We have been told all will be there by the time Edge C becomes our default browser.
Q: We have been told all will be there by the time Edge C becomes our default browser.
E: And here is a wee tip for you.
Q: And here is a wee tip for you.
E: In your Win10 > Settings > Ease of access.
Q: In your Win10 > Settings > Ease of access.
E: There you find a slider which will change/ set just only the text size.
Q: There you find a slider which will change/ set just only the text size.
E: Try it, you will like it :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:
Q: Try again, you will like it :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:
I don't see that the difference is substantive, but I've changed the quote in my comment to note the edit.
Thanks for pointing out the issue. I prefer to quote accurately when I quote.
If you make further edits, please let my know, and I will note the changes, as appropriate, in my comment.