Saturday, March 26, 2011

Open Links in Text Only mode using Google Chrome

Ever come across pages full of flash and ads that make the actual content look insignificant? The Open links in text only mode extension for Google Chrome is here to help.

Safari users might recollect the ‘Reader’ function that opens a little pop-up containing a text-only version of the page you are already on and this function is missing on Chrome. Although we’ve introduced you to some extensions that replicate it, this one is a lot better.

Right Click - Text Only mode

Once installed, the extension adds an option to the right click menu that appears when you click on links. All you need to do is click on ‘Open in text-only mode’ to see the page behind the link without ads or any other distractions.

If you have a slow internet connection or bandwidth limits, this extension will be VERY helpful!

Demo

What can be improved?

This extension is pretty good, but it has scope for improvement. In Safari, we have the option of rendering the current page in text-only mode and that is missing here. It’ll be nice to see a button for this extension near the Chrome address bar that will allow the user to load the text-only mode once clicked.

Text Only, Please!

UPDATE: This extension can now render the current page in text-only mode. All you need to do is click it’s dedicated toolbar icon and wait for the magic to happen. It’s name has also been changed to ‘Text Only, Please!’, good going, Shankar!

Another UPDATE: This extension now has a keystroke to replicate the function. Hit Alt-T to see the current page in Text-Only mode.

via Killer Tech Tips