If you’ve ever used Safari or Firefox on Mac, then you may also have tried reader view mode. But in case you are using Google Chrome for browsing on the web, then there are a few steps you need to be involved in to enable Reader View. If you’re excessively browsing on the web for reading long-lengthy articles, then reader mode is a perfect solution for you, as it disables the distractions like advertisements, etc. Here’s the step by step guide by which you can enable Reader View in Chrome on Mac.
Reader Mode creates a simplified version of a web page, by hiding the advertisements, banners, pop ups, style elements, and other clutter. It’s already available for Android and iOS users, but the feature is not available for Windows and Mac users. But you can still get access to the reader view in Chrome on Mac.
There are two different ways by which Google Chrome users can enable reader view mode. So, let’s dive right in to the steps.
How to Enable Reader Mode in Google Chrome [with flags]
One of the best things about Google Chrome is that, users can get access to the upcoming features with the help of Chrome flags. And the Google Chrome 75 or newer, get a flag which lets you enable Reader View. Yes, you can simply update your browser to the latest version to use Reader View in Chrome on Mac. Once updated, then you can follow the below steps.
- At first, Open the Chrome Browser on your PC or Laptop.
- Now type this “chrome://flags” address in the address bar of Google Chrome.
- Under Chrome Flags page, search for “Reader Mode“, then this screen will appear.
- Here you can click on Enable or Enable available in Settings option.
- To get access to this feature, you need to restart your browser, for this click on the relaunch button available in the bottom of the screen.
- That’s it.
If you’ve selected Enable available in Settings option, then you can enable Reader View from Google Chrome’s Settings. The Reader View option is available under appearance section of Settings.
Once enabled, then you can simply head over to the web page you want to view in Reader Mode. Then, tap on the Reader View icon from address bar, that’s it.
You can even customize the background color, font size, and font style.
How to Enable Reader View Mode in Google Chrome [using Extensions]
Aside from the flags, you can get access to the Reader View Mode by sideloading a third-party extension on Google Chrome in Mac. Google Chrome web store bundled with a list of useful extensions which bring the similar functionality. And we’ve tested two extensions from the web store which packs similar functionalities to the upcoming Reader View feature.
Reader View for Chrome, extension works well and strips the web page clutter. It recreated a cleaner version of web page. Talking about its features, then the extension allows users to change text color, background color, font size, font family, along with the width of the screen. One of the best things about the extension is, it’s freely available on Google Chrome’s web store.
Download – Reader View (Free)
So, these are the two best ways by which you can access any web page in Reader Mode. There are many extensions available on the Chrome web store, you can even give a try to the Reader View Plus extension.
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