No More Clutter with Reader View for Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 03 Jun 2015
On June 2, Mozilla rolled out an update for its Firefox web browser – Firefox version 38.0.5. By looking at the release notes, we see that this release comes with three new features:
  1. Keep track of articles and videos with Pocket
  2. Clean formatting for articles and blog posts with Reader View
  3. Share the active tab or window in a Hello conversation
While the new Pocket button is a great addition, I care more for Reader View. You see, this feature provides a clutter-free reading experience.

If a webpage is available in Reader View, you will see a book-like icon in the address bar. Click it and Firefox will strip away all the clutter, all the elements that might distract you from an enjoyable reading experience. That means buttons, ads, and background images will be removed. And the text size, contrast and layout will be modified to provide better readability.


If you need help using Reader View on your desktop, check out this support article.
And if you need help using Reader View on your Android, check out this support article.

All this talk about readability brings Microsoft’s Edge web browser to mind. Microsoft’s new browser comes with several new features – a new rendering engine, a fresh design for the interface, a new tab page, Cortana integration, and a new feature called…are you ready for this…Reading View.

Microsoft’s Edge web browser will come with a Reading View feature that will strip away the clutter and will provide a more comfortable reading experience.

As a big Firefox fan, I have a big grin on my face right now. I can’t but think that Mozilla one-upped Microsoft by giving Firefox a feature that's much like one of the key new features that Microsoft plans to offer with Edge.

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Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, update, Reader View
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