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How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser
Google just released its latest update for Chrome version 75 and it comes with a bunch of new features. However, one of the most important and interesting ones here is the hidden Reader Mode called Distill page.

The feature is disabled by default one has to enable Reader Mode in Chrome 75 to activate it. Once enabled, this mode removes the clutter (distracting things like ads, banner, videos, etc) from the web page so that you can focus on the article and read without any disturbances.

Nowadays, many websites you visit bombard you with banners, ads, videos, and other distracting, unrelated stuff when all you want to do is read an article. But if you find all the extra stuff on web pages too distracting then you can go into "Reader Mode" to simplify web pages for better readability. The ads, banners, videos, and other distracting items on the web pages are removed, leaving you with only the content you're interested in. A Reader Mode is great for users who love to read articles online. It's a handy tool for simplifying the view for news stories and text-heavy content.

But this feature hasn't made official yet, so we can still hope for improvement in it.

Google first introduced a Reader Mode to Chrome on mobile's android version in March 2018. If you're unfamiliar with the Chrome mobile Reader mode, it is called Simplified View and also I will show you how to use it in the latter part of the article. Now Google is introducing a similar feature to Chrome on the desktop.

There are many great apps like Pocket, Evernote or Readability that allow you to save web articles and read them without distractions. However, if you are in a hurry or don't have those apps, at that time it is a useful option. The hidden Chrome Reader Mode feature is perfect for smooth instant reading.

So, if you are interested in trying the secret Reader Mode in Chrome 75, follow some of the simple steps given below. Now, I am discussing how to enable the Reader Mode in Chrome 75 for desktop.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome For Desktop

Step 1. First of all, open Chrome browser and Go to the Menu (three dots icon in the top- right of the screen) > Help > About Google Chrome. There you need to check whether you are using Chrome version 75 or the older version of Chrome. If you are running an older version of Chrome then update your browser.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

Step 2. Now on the URL bar, type "chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode" and press Enter.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

Step 3. The above URL will take you to the "Enable Reader Mode" flag option and after that select "Enabled" from the drop-down menu.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

Step 4. Now click on the "Relaunch Now"  button at the bottom to restart the web browser.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser
That's it, you are done. This is how you can enable the hidden Reader Mode in the Chrome browser on a Desktop. Now visit any web page open the Menu (three dots icon in the top- right of the screen). Select the option "Distill Page" to enable the Reader Mode.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

Once enabled, a "Distill Page" after that web page looks like the image below :

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

You will see that Reader Mode clears all the clutter (distracting things like ads, banner, videos, etc) from the screen. And you also find the difference between the experience of reading the web page with and without the hidden Reader Mode.

Now, I am discussing how to enable the Reader Mode in Chrome for Android.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome For Android

Step 1. Open Chrome browser on your Android smartphone and "hit the three dots icon" in the top-right of the screen.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

Step 2. Tap on "Settings" and then scroll down until you find "Accessibility" and then click on it.

Step 3. Enable "Simplified View" for web pages.

How To Enable Hidden Reader Mode In Chrome Browser

That's it, you are done. After that, whenever you navigate to a new web page, an option will appear at the bottom of the page "Show simplified view" offering you the chance to load the page with a simplified view. Hitting this option will take out all the ads and hyperlinks and leave you with just the text, making much easier to read.

I hope you find useful information in this article. If you have any questions related to hidden Reader Mode of Chrome browser then please mention in the comments section and I will get back to you and stay tuned with my blog to learn interesting things related to cybersecurity and hacking.


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