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Windows 8 Features: Windows Reader – Built-in eBooks Reader


Microsoft Windows 8 comes with Windows Reader that means you do not need to download eBooks reader as a separate program. Microsoft is gradually becoming self sufficient by offering programs in Windows that were not available in previous versions, so that Windows users might not go searching for any other free software for their little needs. To read a PDF eBook, Windows user had to go to the Adobe website and download Adobe Acrobat Reader, but not anymore. While Adobe Acrobat Reader is cool but why bothering more downloads when Windows is offering a built-in Reader software!

Here is what it looks like. Following Image has been edited in size/proportion for appropriate display and the orange icon is for the Windows Reader which will show up in place of any PDF file stored in your PC.

Microsoft Reader is a free, downloadable software application that allows you to read eBooks on Windows-based devices you may already own. Windows Reader can be installed at any version of Windows. You can edit PDF files with Windows Reader, if they are editable (PDF with form fields) and save the form filled PDF files. You can also create PDF files easily by using Microsoft Word and ‘Read in Microsoft Reader add-in’.

Windows Reader’s Features

Many features make Microsoft Reader unique.

  • ClearType: Patented ClearType display technology revolutionizes on-screen reading.
  • Bookmarks: Add electronic bookmarks and use them in powerful ways.
  • Improved Navigation: Move easily with your keyboard, mouse, or stylus.
  • Library: Catalogue all your eBooks in your personalized “home page.” Find Search for text in any eBook.
  • Notes: Add your own notes to any page.
  • Font Size: Create large-print eBooks with a single command.
  • Drawings: Create free-form drawings on your eBook pages.
  • Rotate and Resize (Tablet and Windows Mobile): Take full advantage of your Tablet or Windows Mobile in either landscape or portrait modes.
  • Annotations: Store all your annotations in a single location.
  • Pan and Zoom Graphics (Tablet PC and Windows Mobile): Zoom in to get a close-up view of graphics and pictures.
  • Highlights: Call attention to a word or a passage, and find it any time.
  • Dictionary: Look up words as you read.
  • Remarkable content support: Enjoy thousands of Owner Exclusive eBooks on any Microsoft Reader 2.0 or higher enabled device.
  • Great on-screen readability: ClearType display technology that makes text on screen crisper and easier to read than ever before.
  • Dynamic reading features: Enhance your texts with highlighting, bookmarks, notes, and drawings. You can view your annotations and rename or erase any of them at any time.
  • Great portability: Activate Microsoft Reader on your desktop and mobile devices and take your eReading library wherever you go.

Windows Reader presents full-screen experience, like other Metro-styled apps. Windows Reader sports three reading modes, Two Pages, One Page, and Continuous. Navigation varies depending on which view mode is used. In Two Pages and One Page view, you can swipe left and right, use the left and right arrow keys, or click the pop-up, browser-like navigational controls that appear to move through the document. But in Continuous view, Reader behaves like a traditional document-based, traditional Windows application and utilizes vertical navigation instead. In this mode, you can move through the document by swiping up and down, by typing UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW, or by utilizing the scroll bars that appear on the right side of the application.

Zooming on documents works via pinching on touch-based systems, with CTRL + – (zoom out) and CTRL + = (zoom in) keyboard shortcuts, or by holding down the CTRL key and using your mouse‚Äôs scroll wheel. Use the app bar’s Find button to search for text within the current document. You can optionally rotate the current document as well. Windows Reader is faster than Adobe Reader and a full eBooks reader App.

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