“Mercury reader” turns articles in Chrome into neat readable text

Reader modes that remove various distractions from a website to give you a simple and clean reading experience can be found on browsers like Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari.

How to Customize Firefox Reader View for Better Readability

How to Customize Firefox Reader View for Better Readability

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Curiously enough, while Chrome for Android does have a built-in reader mode of its own, Chrome for desktop does not have that feature. Fortunately for desktop Chrome users, an extension called Mercury Reader can give you a reader mode like feature.

Once the extension is installed:

  • A “rocket” icon can be found next to the address bar.
  • When an article is opened, clicking on the rocket icon will cause Mercury Reader to display that specific article as a blogpost.

Reader Mode

In reader mode, only the article, headlines, links and pictures will be displayed. Everything else is removed, giving the reader a clean and neat reading experience.

Some other cool features of the Reader Mode include:

  • The “gear” icon located at the upper right hand corner of the article can be used to adjust the text size, font and theme of reader mode.
    customize reader
  • You’ll also be able to share articles to social media or via email as the reader mode houses Facebook, Twitter and Email button at the bottom of the article.
  • Clicking on either of the buttons will open up a window that allows you to manually share the article on the spot.
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