It’s taken a long time, but Google Chrome is finally getting a reading mode

Google Chrome on the Pixel 2 XL.

Most major web browsers have had a reading mode for several years now, but Google Chrome is one major absentee from the list. Thankfully, it looks like the feature is well on its way to the browser.

ZDNet spotted a reading mode in Chrome Canary builds (early, experimental versions of Chrome that contain bleeding-edge features), and it seems identical to reading modes in other browsers.

As you’d expect from this mode, Chrome’s early implementation strips out ads, animations, complex formatting, and other distractions on a webpage. This leaves you with only the relevant text and images related to the article, as seen below.

Reading mode in Google Chrome.

To actually enable the reading mode in Chrome Canary, you’ll need to enter chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode in your address bar. From here, you simply set the Enable Reader mode field to Enabled.

Once enabled, you can switch to this view by hitting the three-dot menu > distill page. This feature should work on Chrome Canary builds on Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.

This isn’t the only feature possibly coming to Chrome soon, as 9to5Google spotted references to Google Assistant integration in the mobile version of the browser. What would you like to see in Chrome though? Let us know in the comments section!

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