How To Enable Chrome Reader Mode on Windows Desktop

There are already a few awesome Chrome extensions such as Readability or Save to Pocket that can easily and nicely turn any of page into a noise-free reader mode but if you want to save one extension space for something else here is a quick tip that enables a native read mode hidden in Chrome on Windows desktop.

Right-click the icon you use to open Chrome, and go to Properties. In the target line, add –enable-dom-distiller to the end of what’s already there and make sure there is a space before the parameter. So the whole line may look something like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --enable-dom-distiller

Google Chrome Properties - 2015-03-12 14_28_28

Click OK, and restart Chrome browser. That’s about it.

Next time when you have the need to turn a page into a reader mode, click the hamburger button, and you will see a new menu called Distill page appear right below the Edit menu.

Chrom Distill page

Clicking on it will turn the current page into the reader mode right away, like below.

Page with distill page on

Here comes another nice trick. Once you have one page in reader mode, replacing the url portion in the address bar with another page’s url will immediately turn that page into the reader mode without loading it first.

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Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 03/12/2015

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