Ad Free Chrome? Not Just A Dream: Experiment Open To All
One of our ultimate dreams is to have an ad-free Internet, where our webpages are not bombarded with excessive graphics and distracting advertisements, which mostly end up wasting our time. That is why, Google is now experimenting with a “Reader Mode” for its mobile and desktop Chrome browsers, which you can even try out now, after reading this article of course.
Reader Mode makes life much easier as it removes all the unnecessary and excess pictures, boxes, buttons and ads. Even though it is a little trouble to enable the tool through Chrome, the mode is worth the trouble. The ads are gone, and the content is image free, showing plain old text for quick, undistributed skimming. However, images are important too in some cases, so we can trust Google to make Chrome’s Reader Mode look non-barren before launch.
How To Run Reader Mode
To start, you need to run Chrome in the Distill or Reader mode with the “–enable-dom-distiller” switch.
Techtimes found an easier way on Windows, which was to
- Close your currently running Chrome browser
- Click Start
- Type “Chrome.exe –enable-dom-distiller” into the command/Run box
- Navigate to chrome://flags#enable-reader-mode-toolbar-icon
- Click “Enable”
- Relaunch Chrome
After carrying out the steps on either version, you will find a “Distill Page” button on the dropdown menu in Chrome. Click that to enable the mode.
The announcement was made on the Google+ page of Francois Beaufort, who is working on the Google Chromium project. It’s an open-source project, so Beaufort has made the code available for all you tech savvy geeks out there.
Beaufort also gives a suggestion for those hoping to find some customization in their otherwise bland Chrome Reader mode: “And since you’re still there, open your JS console and give a try to some themes with useTheme(‘sepia’) or useTheme(‘dark’).”
Google is not the first company which has considered reducing headaches of long loading times especially in times of quick or emergency browsing. Apple’s Safari already has a reading mode and apps like Readability and Microsoft unveiled a browser called Spartan in January, both which hold similar functionality to Chrome. However, this is the first time Google has introduced a built-in tool in the world’s most popular web browser.
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