With Firefox 38.0.5, which is in Beta stage at the moment of this writing, Mozilla enabled a Reader View feature by default. Reader View strips out unnecessary elements from the opened web page, reflows the text and turns it into a cleaner looking text document without ads, menus and scripts, so the user can focus on reading the text content. If you are not going to use it, you might be interested in disabling Reader View and hide its icon from the address bar.
When you open a page in Firefox 38.0.5, a Reader View tip appears for the first time.
To disable the Reader View feature in Firefox, do the following:
- Open a new tab and enter the following text in the address bar:
- Enter the following text in the filter box:
- You will see the parameter reader.parse-on-load.enabled. Set it to false.
- Restart Firefox.
That's it. This will disable the Reader View feature and remove the reader icon from the address bar. To restore it back, set the reader.parse-on-load.enabled value back to true.