How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader

May 4, 2012 by: 0

You should remove the clutter that is not required in Google Reader. By doing so, you can perform the basic function of Google Reader and that is, reading. A userstyle and a Chrome extension, Google Reader Readable, removes all the unnecessary items and keeps what is required.

It removes the logo of Google, the black bar, the items related to Google+ and the search bar. It hides the list of feeds unless you hover the mouse over it. This lets you focus on reading your current article. In case you really like Google Reader but feel that a lot of screen space is being wasted because of the unnecessary items, you should install the extension mentioned in this article.

How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader

How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader

Using Google Reader Readable

All the users are familiar with the default appearance of Google Reader. The top edge of the screen has a black bar and a Google logo is placed below it along with the Google+ notifications and a search bar. Your articles are displayed under this. This is the area you are concerned with.

How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader

As soon as you install readable, the top edge gets rid of all this unnecessary stuff. This will display only the article you are currently reading on the screen.

How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader

Your sidebar will be removed too. However, you can see it again when you hover your mouse on the edge.

How To Easily Strip The Unnecessary Clutter From Google Reader
There is no need to configure anything. Things work very smoothly.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Many users complain about the functionality of ‘Readable’ because the ‘Mark All As Read’ button is missing. This is quite annoying. However, this feature can be accessed by using a very easy keyboard shortcut: ‘Shift+A’.

It is really helpful if you are aware of the shortcuts of Google Reader. For example, you can shift from one article to another by using ‘J’ & ‘K’. Search over the internet and find more keyboard shortcuts. It is useful if you know a good number of shortcuts. You can also access Google’s page to know about the keyboard shortcuts of Google Reader.

Download

If you are using Chrome or Firefox, go to http://userstyles.org/styles/54814/google-reader-minimal-readable-expanded to download ‘Readable’. However, Stylish pluging is required for Firefox or Chrome to use Readable.

If you do not want to use Stylish on Chrome, download ‘Readable’ from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fdnglondfcmoiakaolanlglfchdhkdgc/reviews.

Sum Up

Earlier, Google had a simple home page with just a search bar and a logo. However, this simplicity is still maintained by Google with a white background and less text. Though Google maintains the ‘whitespace’ concept but the addition of Google+ items into everything is tampering its functionality.

The users do not like this feature as Google was always known for its simplicity. If you want a specific functionality, you will find a way to search for the same. But it is difficult to look for an effective method that can remove a functionality. Check out ‘Readable’ to clear the Google homepage from unnecessary stuff.

Do you feel the need of using ‘Readable’? Do you find it useful? Share with us some other methods of removing unnecessary clutter from Google’s homepage.

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