The Reading View in Microsoft Edge removes ads and unnecessary images, simplifying pages for reading. It’s great for reading long articles, where you don’t want all that clutter distracting you.
Safari pioneered this type of reading view, but other browsers like Firefox and Edge have started to adopt it. You can use Reading View in the desktop version of Edge, but Microsoft has yet to add it to the mobile version of the browser.
Enabling Reading View
Once you’ve found an article that you want to read, enable Reading View by clicking on the black book icon to the right of the address bar, or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+R. If Reading View isn’t available for the page you’re viewing, the icon will be dimmed.
After you click the Reading View icon, it turns blue, and the page is completely reformatted for better readability. Edge removes navigation elements from the page, adds an estimated reading time, and splits the page as if you were reading a book. When you scroll, the pages flip horizontally.
If you click anywhere in the article, a settings bar appears with a few options. You can (from left to right) adjust the text size and background, turn on audio narration, access grammar tools (which you have to download), print the page, and enter full screen mode.
Reader View is an amazing feature that simplifies the viewing of articles and allows you to focus on the content you’re actually interested in. It’s a perfect addition to web browsers for people who enjoy long form reading on the web.