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While chatting with Tim Ewald last week at Devweek we got onto the topic of “ways to improve the MSDN experience” (Tim sits in that team). Part of that discussion was the “Low Bandwith” option for MSDN which has been around for many months. What I had not realised was that apparently very few folks know about it. Hence I thought I would do my little bit to raise awareness.

You can add the magic text “(loband)” right before the “.aspx” part of a URL to get back a much lighter page containing the same information.


can be changed to 

You then have the option to “Persist low bandwith view”.

Jon has a good post explaining this in more details plus a bookmarklet to help you use the feature.

My job is done :-)

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009 3:37 PM Misc | Back to top

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My hero :)
Left by Neil Rees on Apr 02, 2009 4:04 PM

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Hey Eric,

I rarely comment on any RSS posts that I read preferring to stay in my Google Reader bubble but this was so fantastic I felt I needed to tell you so.

Great trick, persisted the view, and now when I click a link in Google search I get redirected to the loband version, which is much easier to read and much faster as well.

Excellent tip, why is this not the default? :)

Left by Kevin Boyle on Apr 02, 2009 10:15 PM

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Superb...removes that clunky tree nav nicely ! MSDN docs used to be fast and easy to search and nav....gone downhill since they shifted to XML/XHTML formats, and the web.
Left by b0b on May 08, 2009 10:08 AM

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