Google Chrome has a hidden Read Mode feature. But it is not enabled by default. In this MiniTool post, we will show you how to enable and use Reader Mode in Chrome to help you get a better reading environment. Besides, there are also some Chrome reader mode extensions for your choice.

Is There Reader Mode in Chrome?

When you use another web browser like Microsoft Edge, you could find that there is a Reader Mode. If this mode is enabled when you visit a website, the page will only show you the article text in the middle and the background color is mild. Without the interruption of other mess information, you will have a good reading experience.

use reader mode in Edge

Well then, is there a reader mode in Chrome?

Of course, yes. Chrome has a built-in Reader Mode. But this mode is not enabled by default. You need to manually switch on reader mode in Chrome.

In the following content, we will show you how to enable Reader Mode in Chrome and how to use it to give you a better reading background.

How to Enable Reader Mode in Chrome?

You need two steps to enable Reader Mode in Chrome. We will show you a full guide in this part.

Step 1: Update Chrome

Before enabling Reader Mode in Chrome, you’d better keep your Chrome web browser up-to-date.

1. Open Chrome.

2. Click the 3-dot menu on the top-right corner.

3. Go to Help > About Google Chrome.

about Google Chrome

4, Chrome will begin to automatically check for updates and perform an automatic update if available.

Step 2: Enable Reader Mode

1. Highlight the address bar and replace settings/help with flags.

2. Press Enter to continue.

go to Chrome flags

3. Type reader mode into the top search bar and you will see the result immediately.

4. Expand the options in the Enable Reader Mode section and select Enabled.

5. A Relaunch button will appear on the bottom-right corner. You need to click it to relaunch Chrome to apply the change.

enable Reader Mode in Chrome

Now, Reader Mode is enabled in Chrome.

How to Use Reader Mode in Chrome?

You will not see the reader mode icon immediately. You could go to an available page to use this reader mode in Chrome. Now, we will show you how to use reader mode in Chrome.

We take the Windows 11 installation stuck at 35% page as an example. We visit this page and see the Enter reader mode button next to the right edge of the search bar. You can click it to use reader mode to read the current page (remember it is only available for the current page).

click the Enter reader mode button

you are in reader mode

Chrome Reader Mode Extensions

You could also use Chrome reader mode extensions to get a better reading experience. Here, we show you two choices: Reader View and Reader Mode. You can search for them by yourself.

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When you see them on the Chrome web store page, you can click the Add to Chrome button and follow the instruction to install them in Chrome.

Add extension to Chrome

Generally speaking, a reader mode extension is more powerful than the snap-in tool. For example, you give your some choices to customize the reader mode in Chrome. You can add such a Chrome extension for further use.

experience Chrome reader mode extension

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Bottom Line

After reading this post, you should know how to enable and use reader mode in Chrome. It is useful in some cases. Why not have a try. Should you have any other Chrome-related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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