Let’s Distill Web Pages With Chrome
I bet someone saw the word “distill” and was hoping we were going to include instructions on building a homemade still. But we’re not going to distill whiskey – or even vodka here… we’re going to distill web pages.
I’ve used a lot of extensions to rid web pages of clutter and make the text easier to read, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one that works as well or as quickly as does “Toggle distilled page contents” (Reader mode) in Chrome.
How many of you have ever noticed the “Toggle distilled page contents” option in Chrome?
Probably not. It has to be enabled first. To enable “Reader mode” (“Toggle distilled page contents”) open Chrome, type (or copy & paste) the following into Chrome’s address bar and then press Enter.
Once you enable “Reader mode” restart Chrome and you’ll see “Toggle distilled page contents” is in the list when you click the Settings (3 vertical dots) icon in the top-right corner of Chrome.
When you are on a Web page and you toggle distilled page contents, the page content will much easier to read.
Here are some screenshots of undistilled and distilled web pages so you’ll have an idea of what to expect.
Above: A story in “USA Today” not distilled.
And the “USA Today” story distilled.
Above: An MSN story – not distilled.
Above: MSN Distilled
Above & Below: Our stuff distilled.
The next time you encounter a web page filled with advertising, unrelated images, and distractions, try toggling “distilled page contents”. I’ll bet you find the page much easier to read.