The Reading View in Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1 ships with Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11), which has a host of new features, but one that will appeal the most to tablet users is the new Reading View.

When you use Internet Explorer to look at a web page it looks like, well, a web page: best viewed in Portrait mode, ads cluttering up the sides, and scrolling from top-to-bottom. Longer, multi-page articles require you to scroll down to the bottom of the first page, and then click the link to take you to the second page — at which point the whole process starts all over again. See the following figure.

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If you flip IE 11 over to Reading View — just click the Book icon to the right of the address, down at the bottom — IE 11 strips out the ads, reformats the text, and presents the whole shooting match in a way that scrolls from left-to-right, with no jumps or jarring links. See the following figure.

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Reading View doesn't always get the pages right, and it doesn't always follow the clickable links, so you may find yourself partway through an article, and forced to switch back to regular view. But the result, when it works, scrolls very nicely and gets rid of a lot of fluff.

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