Prettify Wikipedia with WikiWand

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Sep 29, 2014 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Wikipedia is undeniably an excellent online reference, but its interface looks not only dated but also not particularly user-friendly. The WikiWand service provides an alternative Wikipedia interface which is both polished and streamlined. The new interface sports an optimized layout that features a collapsible table of contents. WikiWand adds pop-ups to links in the currently viewed article, so you can preview them without leaving the page. The interface also sports significantly improved typography which not only improves the overall appearance, but also makes text more readable. Photos are displayed in a lightbox complete with a thumbnail bar for browsing images.

In addition to all this, WikiWand claims that the new interface is up to three times faster than standard Wikipedia. You can use the improved version of Wikipedia directly from the WikiWand website. Alternatively, you can install the WikiWand browser extension available for Google Chrome/Chromium and Mozilla Firefox. Whether you like WikiWand depends on your taste, but you should definitely give it a go if the standard Wikipedia interface doesn't cut it for you any longer.

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