RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
May 23, 2023
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 find out where it is.
This is for devices running Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10
Google Chrome has included a hidden Reader Mode 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. So let’s enable it in Chrome.
Enable Hidden 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, and hit 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, click the “Relaunch” button at the bottom of the screen to apply the changes. See the following image:
Next, when you now 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 now looking at a much simpler, less cluttered view of the webpage. Images still appear, but ads and some other items are removed. To adjust the view, click the “A” icon in the top right. See the below image:
Next, from here 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 at least you know how to enable it yourself.
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