Google Chrome doesn’t appear to have a Reader Mode. But if you dig in, you’ll find that the feature does exist within Chrome’s features.
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.
Google has now announced a new type of “Reader Mode” that works in a sidebar for Chrome 114. This new feature is separate from Chrome’s hidden Reader Mode, which is still available as a hidden flag and transforms an entire web page into a reading view.
How to enable Reader mode in Chrome
- First, we’ll need to enable a Chrome feature flag.
- Open the Chrome browser on your computer, type
chrome://flagsin the address bar, and press Enter.
- Search for “Reader Mode” in the text box at the top and enable the flag titled “Enable Reader Mode.”
- After enabling the flag, click the “Relaunch” button at the bottom of the screen to apply the changes.
- Now, when you visit a webpage that has a lot of text, you’ll 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.
- You’re 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.
- From here you can change the font, text size, and background color.
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.