Every now and then, we find a lot of good content to read in the internet but limited time to read. Reading list is a feature introduced from Google Chrome version 89 that enables you to save content to read later. This article will take you through how to manage reading list in Google Chrome on the latest and old Chrome versions.
Reading List Vs Bookmark
You can find reading list in browsers like Safari though it is new to Chrome. You can also find similar feature called Pocket in Firefox.
Many confuse reading list with bookmark option that was previously available in Chrome. However, they are two different features.
- Bookmarked pages are not available offline and you have to connect to internet in order to access the sites.
- On contrary, you can save articles or pages in Google Chrome reading list and access them offline.
Both bookmarked and reading list pages will synchronize the webpages to your Google account. This make it possible to access the list from different devices that are logged into your account.
Reading List in Latest Chrome
The latest Chrome version has a side panel icon showing next to the address bar. Click on that and select “Reading List” option and then click “Add Current tab” button to your reading list.
After adding a page to your list, you can anytime delete it or mark as read from the side panel.
You can keep the side panel always open and toggle between reading list, bookmarks and journeys to quickly access the page.
Managing Reading List in Old Chrome Versions
If you have ever used bookmarks in Google Chrome, using reading list is not different. On old Chrome versions, you can click on the bookmarks icon in the address bar and add the page to reading list.
Accessing Reading List in Old Google Chrome
Follow the below instructions in order to access the content you have added to the reading list.
- Reading list is part of the Chrome’s bookmarks bar. Though it should be available by default, you need to need first to enable the bookmark bar if you have disabled it.
- Click the settings icon, the three dots at the far right of the address bar. Select hover the mouse over “Bookmarks” and on the expanded menu, click the click the “Show bookmark bar” option. Alternatively, you can press “Control + Shift + B” in Windows and “Command + Shift + B” in macOS to view the bookmarks bar.
- If you have disabled bookmarks bar using any extension, you may need to disable the plugin to enable the bookmarks bar again.
- The reading list will show at the rightmost edge of the Bookmarks bar. Click it to see the list of all your saved pages.
- The list is organized with the “Unread” pages at the top and the “Pages you’ve read” at the bottom.
- You can also see how long the page has been on the reading list.
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Marking Pages as Read/ Unread in Reading List
- Once you open a page on the reading list, it will be automatically marked as read and taken to the “Pages you’ve read” section.
- If you want to save the article or page as unread, hover the mouse over the page and click the tick icon.
- To delete an entry from the reading list, hover the mouse over the entry and then click the “X” icon.
Removing Reading List from Bookmarks Bar
If you don’t need the reading list feature, you can remove it from the Bookmarks bar using experimental flag.
- To do so, type ‘chrome://flags/#reading-list’ in the address bar and press Enter.
- Click the arrow to display the drop down menu and select “Disable”.
- Click the “Relaunch” button at the bottom of the page to restart the browser.
If you are using Chrome version 90 or later, Google makes it easy to disable the reading list. Simply, right click on the bookmarks bar and select “Show Reading List” to show or hide it from the bar.
Using Google Chrome Reading List on Mobile
Good part is that you can also use the Google Chrome reading list in mobile versions of the browser both in Android and iOS.
- To add a page on the list, tap the share icon on the right of the address bar.
- Scroll down the options and select “Read Later”.
- To access the reading list, click the three dots at the bottom of your mobile browser and tap “Reading List”.
- This will display the list organized in “Unread” and “Pages That You’ve Read” sections.
- To manage the list, touch the “Edit” button located at the right-bottom of the list.
- Touch the target entry to mark it. You can choose to “Delete” or “Mark Read” at the bottom of the display.
- You can also long press an entry to display various options, which allows you to open the page on a new tab, copy the link, mark as read and delete among others.
- Touch the “Done” button at the top-right corner to exit the reading list.
Reading List Chrome Extension
There is also a Chrome extension available for adding webpages to your reading list. This extension will add an icon on the address bar which you can click and add the pages to the list. After reading, you can delete the pages to remove them from the list.
When you come across an interesting article while browsing the internet and have no time to read, no need to worry. With Google Chrome browser, you can add the page to the Reading List and read it later when you have time. The feature is available both in the desktop and mobile versions of the browser. We hope with the above guide, you can easily manage the reading list in Google Chrome browser.