If you are a Chrome user, you may have recently seen the words ‘Reading List’ in your bookmarks bar. But, what is a reading list and how do you use it?
The reading list – known as the first read – is a feature that allows you to save pages in a separate dropdown list from your bookmarks.
While this feature may seem a bit redundant due to its similarity to bookmarks, it does not have some of your Chrome bookmark options, such as the option to mark a page to be read without removing it from the list.
The reading list rolled out with the recent Chrome 89 update and is available on the desktop version of Chrome as well as iOS and Android devices.
Read on to learn more about Chrome’s new reading list feature, including how to add pages, how to delete them, and how to hide the feature altogether.
How to use Chrome’s new reading list feature
When you update to Chrome 89, the reading list should be visible automatically. Here’s how to add pages to your Chrome reading list on your desktop – and how to remove them while you’re working.
How to add pages to your Chrome reading list:
- Open the page you want to save in the Chrome desktop browser
- Click on the star icon in your Chrome address bar
- Click ‘Add to reading list’ to save the page to your reading list
How to remove a page from your Chrome reading list:
- Click on the reading list button in your bookmarks bar to access your saved pages.
- Choose the page you want to read
- Once you are done, click on the ‘Reading List’ button again.
- Click the tick icon next to the page to mark it as read, or click the icon X ‘icon to remove it completely from the list.
How to remove the Chrome reading list feature
If you are not a fan of the reading list icon, it is possible to remove the feature from your browser if you are taking up space in your bookmarks bar, or you are happy to bookmark only the pages you want to read.
How to remove the Chrome reading list feature:
- After reading: chrome: // flags / # in your Chrome address bar, copy and paste
- Click on the dropdown list next to ‘The Reading List’
- Select ‘disable’
- Restart chrome
If you change your mind, the feature is easy to restore. Just repeat the above process but. Click ‘Enabled’ instead of ‘Disabled’. Restart the browser and you should see the Reading List feature back in your bookmarks bar next time you open Chrome.
Chrome 89 debuted earlier this month. Be sure to check out our guide to the best laptop and best Chromebook.