You will soon able to read webpages on Google Chrome on your desktop in a clutter-free layout without ads and toolbars from Side Panel. Google is preparing to launch Reading Mode with Chrome 115 on Windows, Mac, and Linux, here’s how you can enable it right now and our hands on it.
Reading online content just got better with the new feature in Chrome called Reading Mode.
Designed to improve the reading experience for everyone, Reading Mode offers a clutter-free and customizable reader view right in the side panel of the Chrome browser. By reducing distracting elements, readers can now focus on the primary content effortlessly.
How to enable Reading Mode in Chrome
- Launch Chrome Canary, the experimental version of Chrome.
- Visit “chrome://flags” in the address bar.
- Search for “reading” and enable the “Reading Mode” flag.
- Restart Chrome to apply the changes.
How to use Reader Mode in Chrome on desktop
- Visit any reader-friendly page, highlight the text
- Open the side panel and select Reading Mode
- Choose your preferred font. You can also customize the font size and select from various themes, including light, yellow, dark, and blue.
- Adjust the line height and letter spacing according to your reading preference, with options like standard, loose Very loose, and Standard, wide, and very Wide.
- To make reading even more comfortable, you can enlarge the side panel by dragging the resize button towards the right.
Furthermore, Chrome’s Reading Mode allows you to choose from a range of fonts, including Sans-Serif, Serif, Avenir, Comic Neue, Comic Sans MS, and Poppins. Additional options and controls to further enhance the Reading Mode experience may be introduced in the future and displayed in the side panel.
When you’re done reading, simply click the close button at the top of the side panel to exit Reading Mode.
It’s important to note that Reading Mode is currently a work in progress. While it is available for testing in Chrome Canary, there is no guarantee of when it will be made available to the public in the stable version of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Other browsers like Opera, Firefox, and the new Microsoft Edge already have their own Reader View features. However, with Google’s commitment to improving the reading experience, we can expect exciting developments in Chrome’s Reading Mode.
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Summary: Google has deemed its work on Reader Mode in Chrome till now as redundant and is implementing features via the Side panel. The article covers the instructions on enabling Reading Mode in Chrome browser.