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Wikipedia Adds Page Previews for Desktop Users

Dave Parrack 24-04-2018

Wikipedia has added page previews to the desktop version of the site. These page previews mean you can see what’s lurking behind a link before actually navigating away from the page you’re reading. Which, for a site as vast as Wikipedia, could be invaluable.


Millions of people use Wikipedia. And while it may not always be the most reliable source, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More we shouldn’t take for granted. And now, thanks to page previews, fewer people will get lost down a Wikipedia-shaped rabbit hole.

Wikipedia Adds Page Previews

Wikipedia has millions of entries for anything and everything you can think of. And all of these entries contain links to other Wikipedia pages. Which makes it very easy to lose a whole afternoon just clicking through from one page to the next.

Wikipedia’s solution to this problem, which some people refer to as the Wikipedia rabbit hole, is page previews. These are exactly what you would expect them to be; previews of the pages lurking behind links, which pop up when you hover your cursor over one.

Wikipedia’s page previews contain the first few sentences of the article behind the link, along with an image (if one is available). This saves you from having to click through to that article only to find it isn’t actually that interesting.


If you find page previews more annoying than useful rest assured it’s possible to disable them. Just open a page preview, click the settings cog, hit Disable, and Save. To enable page previews again just click the link at the bottom of any page, hit Enable, and Save.

When Wikipedia Deleted MakeUseOf

It should be noted that page previews have already been rolled out to Wikipedia in other languages, but it has now finally been enabled on the English version of the ever-popular website. Which is why Wikipedia is making a fuss about the feature now.

As much as I personally love this new feature I still haven’t quite forgiven Wikipedia for deleting the entry for MakeUseOf Wikipedia Is Deleting Notable Websites for "Reasons" MakeUseOf doesn't exist any more, at least according to Wikipedia. Neither does The Next Web for that matter. And several other high-profile tech sites are also facing the chop... Read More . Apparently we’re deemed not important enough to warrant a Wikipedia page, which is patently ridiculous if you ask me.

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  1. Al
    May 2, 2018 at 1:43 am

    What a nightmare. Popups you can activate by just scrolling down the page. The never ending battle against intrusive ads and they put this in there to disrupt your reading. What amateur developer thought this was a good idea? Put a frickin' button to the right to activate it if you want to preview the link.