Wikipedia is the world’s free, collaborative encyclopedia—the largest collection of open knowledge in history. It contains over 58 million articles, written in more than 300 languages by volunteers around the world, which are viewed nearly 16 billion times every month.
Wikipedia’s content and popularity has grown substantially over the last two decades. Now, it is growing to better meet the needs of Internet users today.
For the first time in over ten years, Wikipedia is getting a new look. A series of improvements to Wikipedia’s desktop interface will make the site easier to use and more welcoming for readers and contributors alike.
We invite you to explore these updates, learn more about the project, and share your feedback.
These updated features on Wikipedia will help you…
The new table of contents makes it easier to explore all the knowledge within a given Wikipedia article. It helps you to know which section you are currently reading; it also remains visible as you scroll down the page, making it easier to navigate to various sections.
Read in multiple languages
Through more prominently-placed language-switching tools, multilingual readers and editors can more easily find their preferred language and switch between over 300 languages as needed.
Have a better reading experience
Wikipedia articles will now have a maximum line width. Research has shown that limiting the width of longform text leads to a more comfortable reading experience, and better retention of the content itself. Additionally, the default font-size has been increased, which makes reading long paragraphs of text more comfortable.
Discover knowledge more easily
An improved search experience with images and descriptions makes it easier for you to find articles on Wikipedia.
Focus on the content
A new collapsible sidebar allows you to collapse the lengthy menu found on the left side of each article, helping you see the information you need without distraction.
When you are logged in to Wikipedia, the updated header will move with you as you scroll. You will no longer need to scroll to the top of the page to find what you are looking for, and you can focus on reading and editing instead.