Home & Office
Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


How to use reading mode in every top web browser (and why you should)

Too many ads - or poorly executed ads - can bring your web browser to a crawl. Turning on reading mode makes the content so much easier to read. Here's how to do that on every popular web browser.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer
Bet_Noire/Getty Images

I depend on my browser's reading mode. Why? Sometimes web pages can become almost unreadable because of ads; too many ads -- or poorly executed ads -- can bring a web browser to a slow crawl. This can be a real problem when my goal is to read something and not be interrupted.

Also: 7 features that make Brave such a good browser

What is reading mode? Essentially, reading mode presents content without the extraneous bits. Instead of ads and the like, you only get what's important… the words (and images). Reading mode is enabled on a per-page basis and can relieve a great deal of frustration when you're on websites that don't quite understand how user-friendly presentation of content should come before ads.

How do you use reading mode on your browser of choice? Let me walk you through the process for some of the more popular web browsers.

How to use reading mode in every top web browser


1. Open a web page

The first thing to do is open Chrome and point it to the web page you'd like to view in reading mode.

2. Open in reading mode

Right-click on a blank section of the page, select "open in reading mode" from the context menu, and a sidebar will appear with the content in reading mode. Do note that you can then pin the reading mode icon to the toolbar, so you have quicker access to the feature.


1. Open a web page

Open Safari and point it to a web page you want to view in reading mode.

2. Open in reading mode

Once the page loads, you should see a small icon on the far left side of the address bar that looks like a page of paper. The one thing about that icon is that it disappears after a few seconds, so make sure you click it soon after the page loads.

One cool thing with Safari is that you can automatically enable reading mode for specific sites, which means every page will default to reading mode.


1. Open Firefox

Open Firefox and point it to a page you want to view in reading mode.

2. Open in reading mode aka 'Reading View'

With Firefox, the feature is called Reading View. After a page loads, you'll see the Reading View icon near the right edge of the address bar. The difference between the Firefox and Safari icons is that it doesn't vanish from sight on Firefox. Click that icon and the page you're on will be presented in reading mode.


1. Open Edge

Open the Edge browser and point it to a page you want to view in Reading Mode (called Immersive Mode).

2. Open in reading mode (aka Immersive Mode)

You should see a small book icon near the right edge of the address bar. Click that icon to open the current page in reading mode.

Also: 5 ways to improve your Chrome browser's security (and why you should)


1. Open Brave

Open Brave and point it to a web page you want to view in reading mode (called Speedreader).

2. Enable reading mode (aka Speedreader)

After the page loads, you'll see a small page icon near the right edge of the address bar. Click that icon to enable reading mode (aka Speedreader).


1. Install extension

For the Opera browser, you must install a third-party extension called Reader View to enable reading mode.

2. Enable reading mode (aka Reader View)

Once you've installed the extension, you can load a page and click the Reader View button in the extension "pill" to the right of the address bar.

With each of these browsers, you can enable/disable reading mode at will for a web page. If you want to switch out of reading mode, click the associated icon and you'll be back to full/normal viewing mode.

Editorial standards