Chrome’s “Reading List” is a handy way to save pages and articles for later. However, if you’re not interested in the feature, the permanent button in the bookmarks bar can be annoying. We will show you how to remove it.
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At the time of writing, there is no stable way to remove the Reading List button. We use a Chrome flag to disable it. While it’s not ideal, it does work, and it’s easy to do.
Warning: Features placed behind Chrome flags are there for a reason. They can be unstable, negatively affect your browser’s performance, and may disappear without notice. Enable flags at your own risk.
First, open Google Chrome on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC. Then type
chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.
Then enter “Reading List” in the search box. This will display a flag called simply ‘Reading List’.
Select ‘Disabled’ from the corresponding drop-down menu for the flag.
Chrome will now ask to restart the browser to apply the changes. Click the “Restart” button at the bottom of the screen.
The browser closes and when it is reopened, the “Reading List” button is no longer in the bookmarks bar.
To bring the button back, just go to the Chrome flag and change it to ‘Standard’ or ‘Enabled’. It would be nice to have a more “official” method of doing this, but until (or when) it comes, this will work.
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