How to enable Google Chrome’s secret ‘reader mode’ for distraction-free reading

How to enable Google Chrome’s secret ‘reader mode’ for distraction-free reading
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Last year, Google Chrome rolled out its version 75 with a hidden reader mode. It’s quite a nifty feature to read long articles without any distractions.

However, you have to enable a special flag to enable that button. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Open Google Chrome browser on your desktop
  • Type “chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode” in the address bar.
  • Select the Enable option from the drop-down menu
  • Restart the browser
Google Chrome reader mode
Google Chrome reader mode

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Once you enable the reader mode, you’ll see the toggle on the right side of the address bar when you open a page with an article. Just click on it to enable reader mode. Here’s how the page looks when you enable it.

Google Chrome Reader Mode

While you’re at it, you should also check our guide on how send a tab from Chrome to any Android phone.

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