Enable, Customize & Control Chrome Reader Mode ‘Distill Page’

    The following blog post has quick instructions on how to enable and use Reader mode in Google Chrome

    How to Enable Reader mode in Chrome (Distill Page mode))

    Google Chrome has a hidden feature called Reader mode. The feature when enable load the web page removing all the distracting elements which include advertisements, sidebar, navigation icons, and other elements that help in creating an environment perfect for reading.

    Google was working on this feature for a long time and now it is available in Chrome browser as an experimental feature, it’s because feature is not ready yet. The same feature is already available for Chrome on Android with name Simplified View.

    chrome distill page

    If you want to try Simplified Mode or Reader Mode in Chrome for Desktop, then here’s what you need to do:

    Enable Reader mode in Chrome (Distill Page Mode)

    1. Update Google Chrome browser to latest version available.

    2. Next, launch Chrome browser and visit this address: chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

    Here, you need to change the Settings for “Enable Reader Mode” from Default to Enabled.

    4. Click on the Relaunch button.

    Doing this will enable the Reader Mode in Chrome for Desktop and bring the new entry called “Toggle Distill Page Content” in the browser Settings menu.

    Enable Reader Mode flag in Chrome browser

    In case, you’re using Chrome browser a default browser, then you definitely want to try Reader mode, then here’s how to use it.

    1. Launch Chrome browser and visit any web page which you want load in Reader mode.

    2. Next, click on the Customize and control (three dots vertical) icon and select “Toggle Distilled Page Content“.

    Google Chrome - Toggle Distilled Page Content

    Chrome browser will instantly load the same web page in Reader mode. Here’s how it looks like:

    Chrome reader mode

    In the Reader mode, you will not find distracting elements on a web page which include ads, sidebar, navigation buttons and other. Apart from this, the page will open a separate tab with less clutter.

    To exit the Reader mode for web page, all you have to do is to click on the Back button or three-line icon available on the left side of address bar.

    exit reader mode in chrome browser

    Like other Chrome Flags, the reading mode is still in an experimental phase and is not yet ready for everyday use: there are several bugs, especially related to image rendering. However, it is definitely more than usable, as well as being a preview of the final release.

    Microsoft’s Chromium based Edge browser also has same feature called Immersive Reader Mode and fully ready to use. In case, you want to try it, then check following blog post: How to Enable and Use Immersive Reader in Edge Browser

    Are you going to try Reader mode feature in Chrome? What are your thoughts about this feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

    Viney Dhiman
    Himachali, Mechanical Engineer, Snooker Lover, Avid drinker of Scotch, Traveler, and Webmaster. (

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