How to use Google Chrome’s hidden reader mode.

Chrome reading mode

Most web browsers have a built-in “reader mode” that converts web pages into a more user-friendly view. Oddly enough, Google Chrome doesn’t have that feature – unless you know how to find it. We’ll show you where it is.

Google Chrome has added a hidden reader mode since the release of version 75. However, it has 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.

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First, we need to enable the Chrome feature flag. Open the Chrome browser on your computer, type. chrome://flags In the address bar, press Enter.

Go to the Chrome flag page.

Find “Reader Mode” in the text box at the top and enable the flag titled “Enable Reader Mode”.

Enable reading mode flag.

After activating the flag, click the “Relaunch” button at the bottom of the screen to apply the changes.

Relaunch Chrome.

Now, when you go to a web page that has a lot of text, you will see a small book icon on the right side of the address bar. Click on it to switch to reader mode.

You can also click Menu> Enter Reader Mode to enable it.

Now you see a much simpler, less cluttered view of the web page. Images still appear, but ads and some other items are removed. To adjust the view, click the “A” icon in the upper right.

Adjust the reading mode theme.

From here you can change the font, text size and background color.

Reading mode theme options.

That’s all! Now you can reduce clutter by reading long articles in Chrome. It’s weird that Google has kept this feature hidden for years, but at least you know how to enable it.

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