November 8, 2022
Google Chrome desktop browser reader mode

Google Tucked a Reader Mode into Its Desktop Chrome Browser in the Latest Canary Release

A Google Chrome desktop browser reader mode is now under testing in Canary, available through an experimental flag for people to try out…

It looks like the desktop version of the Google Chrome browser will finally integrate a feature already found on rivals Edge, Firefox, and Safari — a reader mode.

Google Chrome Desktop Reader Mode Discovered in Canary Build

According to a news report by ZDNet, the tool popped-up in the latest Canary build of the internet browser.

Reader modes have long been baked into other, less popular browsers. For instance, Microsoft added one to Edge back in 2015. Two years later, Firefox and Safari also added reader mode support in 2017. But, Chrome forwent the option — until now.

The “new” Chrome reader isn’t quite new. In fact, a mobile version of it called “Simplified view” resides in the Android Chrome accessibility menu.

For those unfamiliar, reader modes strip away all background clutter, leaving mostly just text to make content easier to read.

Anyone wanting to try out the new Google Chrome desktop reader mode needs the latest version of the Canary build.

Once installed, it’s available in the following flag: “chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode.” Simply enter it into the address bar, toggle it on, and then restart. To see it in action, click on the settings button in the top right of the browser and select “Distill page.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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