How to Use Reading View in Microsoft Edge

Get rid of all the distractions as you read

Microsoft Edge Reading View

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Most websites are inundated with various types of content, such as advertisements and video clips. While these components each serve a purpose, they can also distract you from what you may be interested in on the page. A good example occurs when you are reading a news article where your intended focus is solely on the text. In cases like this, you may look upon the secondary items as an unwanted diversion.

For times like these, the Reading View feature in Microsoft Edge acts as your own personal horse blinder, stripping unwanted distractions and rendering just what you want to see. When active, the content that you are reading becomes the focal point in the browser immediately.

Enter Reading View

To enter Reading View, click on the menu button that looks like an open book, which is located in Edge's main toolbar and highlighted in blue whenever this mode is available. To exit Reading View and return to your standard browsing session, click on the button a second time.

It should be noted that Reading View works as expected only on websites that support the feature.

Reading View Settings

Edge allows you to tweak some of the visuals associated with Reading View to provide a better experience. Click on the menu button represented by three horizontally aligned dots and located in the upper right corner of the browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings to display Edge's Settings interface. Scroll down until you see the section labeled Reading, which contains the two options accompanied by drop-down menus.

  • Reading view style: Choose from different background and text color themes including DefaultLightMedium, and Dark.
  • Reading view font size: Here is where you specify the size of the text shown in Reading View by choosing from one of the following settings: SmallMediumLarge, and Extra Large.