The Google Chrome web browser on your desktop computer has a handy “Reading List” feature. It’s an easy way to save things to read later and syncs with your iPhone or iPad. We will show you how to add web pages to the list.
The “Reading List” button on the desktop can be found on the right side of the bookmarks bar. If it’s something you don’t want, you can delete it.
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How to use the reading list in Google Chrome
The reading list is a similar concept to bookmarks, but intended to read material you find online. At the time of writing, it is available in Chrome at the desk (Windows, Mac and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The function is not available in Androidalthough it probably will eventually.
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Add web pages in Chrome for desktop
After opening Chrome on your computer, the first thing to do is search for a web page that you would like to read later. Once you’re done, click on the star (bookmark) icon on the right side of the address bar.
A menu will appear with two options. Select “Add to Reading List”.
It’s as simple as that to add to your reading list.
To actually use the Reading List, you will need to have the bookmark bar visible. This can be accomplished quickly by typing Ctrl + Shift + b on Windows or Cmd + Shift + b on Mac, or by going to Settings> Appearance> Show Bookmarks Bar.
You will now see the reading list on the far right of the bookmarks bar. Click on it and you will see all your saved articles in a list.
“Unread” pages are at the top, while “Pages you have read” are at the bottom. You can also see how long it has been since the pages were added / read.
Mouse over a page to mark it as read / unread, or to remove it from the Reading List.
Add web pages in Chrome for iPhone and iPad
Chrome for iPhone and iPad has two different ways to add web pages to your reading list. You can do it from Chrome or from another application.
In Chrome on your iPhone or iPad, find a page to save for later, and then tap the share icon in the address bar.
Then select “Read Later” from the menu.
That is all! The page is now on your reading list.
The second method allows you to add things to the list from outside of Chrome. Find a news article or story that you would like to read later in any app. In this case, we use Apple News. Find the share button in the app and tap on it.
Then find “Chrome” in the application row and select it.
In the Chrome menu, tap “Read Later.”
To access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, open Chrome and tap on the three-dot menu icon at the bottom.
Select “Reading List” from the menu. You will notice a number indicating unread pages.
The Reading List will open with the “Unread” pages at the top and the “Pages you have read” at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check mark are ready to be read offline.
Tap “Edit” in the bottom corner to manage the list.
From here, you can select pages and delete them or mark them as read.
The Reading List is not something that everyone wants to use, but it is a simple and pleasant alternative to applications that provide similar services. Everything happens directly within Chrome without any additional software. That is very useful.