How to read what you are clicking in your browser’s ‘reader mode’

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Photo: Khamosh Pathak – These hidden reader modes make it simpler to work with open tabs.

Most of the time, instead of truly reading the web, you probably skimm. And that’s all right for fast news updates and social media surfing. But when you opened a long article you truly want to read, it gets harder.

Your mind wanders and it is harder and harder to pay attention to the same page. Yes, you can store your article in Pocket later on, but we all know that’s where your list of reads goes to death. Your capacity to focus has been destroyed by Internet’s continuous stimulus, so what?

Don’t worry, your browsers’ “reader” mode gives you a chance to resist. These unique modes are intended to simplify the online reading. You eliminate the formatting of a certain website, empty space, advertising and all other additional components to assist you focus on text and some pictures.

Better further, the language may be personalized to make your experience as welcome as possible, so that you can click away much less. Here’s how to utilize your favorite browser’s reader mode (although we’ll get to that except for Chrome).

Use of Safari Reader mode

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The king of reader mode is Safari. It is not only attractive with the built into reader mode, but there is also the ability to load all items automatically in “Reader view” (although that might be a bit too much for most users).

When you browse the Internet and find the long article you want to read, just hit the reader view button on the Mac, iPhone or iPad URL bar (which looks like a page icon). The page is immediately turned into a far less busy cousin. To adjust formatting, use the “Aa” button to the right of the URL.

How Firefox Reader View is used

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Firefox also does an excellent job with Reader View (and no, you don’t have to use Pocket).

Click on the Reader View symbol (looks like a paper with lines of text on the page) to rapidly convert the whole page to an affordable version of the Reader View icon on the desktop bar or in the moving apps (yep, it works on iPhone, iPad and Android). Again you may modify font and background using the “Aa” option in the left menu.

How to utilize Microsoft Edge Immersive Reader

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Although the reader mode of Microsoft Edge is limited to the desktop app, it’s extremely nice. Click the Imbol of the Increasing Reader on the URL bar to see an item that you wish to read without interruption.

Click on the option “Preferences for text” to customize the text. Here, Edge offers a very nice trick: you may utilize the “Read Aloud” function to read the whole article with a genuine sounding voice (you can even choose a different voice if you want to).

Or use Chrome’s reader mode extension

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The only major browser with no dedicated reader mode is Chrome. But don’t worry, with the Reader Mode addon you can enjoy the same experience.

A basic, customisable, distraction-free reading experience is provided for you in Reader Mode. You can add highlights, notes, custom CSS, pro-fonts, and more to the Pro version ($15 one-time licensing cost). In addition to cloud storage, read-it-liter functions and other delights, even a Premium option ($4.99/month) exists.