Chrome Tip: How To Print Any Web Page in Plain Reader Mode Format

Unlike Microsoft Edge, ┬áChrome still doesn’t have a native Reader Mode in place out of the box. You will need an extension like this or use services like Pocket or Instapaper to enable the Reader Mode within the browser. However, it does come with a feature that you can print any web page in a Reader Mode that cuts out all the crap and only leaves the content you are looking for printed on the paper.

Here is how to use it.

When you are on a webpage you want to print, press Ctrl + P to bring up the Print page, check the option “Simplify page” to turn on the Reader Mode before hitting the Print button. You will see the changes in the Print Preview in the same Print page, which will be similar to what Reader Mode usually offers, clean, simple, and clutter-free.

Check out the screenshots below to see the differences on a print copy with or without the option checked.

Chrome - Print page without Simplify page option checked
Chrome – Print page without Simplify page option checked
Chrome - print with Simplify page option checked
Chrome – print with Simplify page option checked

/Update on Sept. 4, 2016/

Chrome version 53, which released just a few days ago, removed this very useful print option in the Print panel. Now we are back to where we were. To print a plain simple copy, you will need a plugin that turns the page in Reader mode before printing.

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