RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 6, 2022
Most web browsers have a built-in Reader Mode that converts web pages into a more reader-friendly view. Strangely, Google Chrome does not have this feature; unless you know how to find it. Let’s explore this hidden feature.
This is for desktop devices using Google Chrome
Google Chrome has included a hidden Reader Mode since all the way back to version 75. However, it’s never been upgraded to a stable, standard feature. Even Microsoft Edge, which is also based on Chromium, has a Reader Mode.
First, we will need to enable a Chrome feature flag. Open the Chrome browser on your computer and type:
in the address bar, then click Enter. Refer to the below image:
Next, search for Reader Mode in the text box at the top and enable the flag titled Enable Reader Mode. See the below image:
Now, after enabling the flag, see the Relaunch text at the bottom of the screen and restart Chrome to apply the change. See the following image:
Next, when you visit a webpage that has a lot of text, you will see a little book icon on the right side of the address bar. Click it to switch to Reader Mode.
You can also click:
Menu > Enter Reader Mode
to activate it. Refer to the below image:
Now, you are looking at a much simpler, less cluttered view of the webpage. Images still appear, but ads and a few other items are removed. To adjust the view, click the A icon in the top right. See the below image:
Next, you can change the font, text size, and background color. See the following image:
That’s all there is to it! You can now minimize distractions while reading long articles in Chrome. It’s strange that Google has kept this a hidden feature for years, but now you know how to enable it yourself.
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