The anticipated Read Later feature goes live in Chrome Canary

As you may remember, Google Chrome is getting a new feature that reminds of the Collections feature of Microsoft Edge. Simply called 'Read Later', it allows saving tabs to a special area which can be opened with a new button.

An earlier post on Winaero mentions that Google was about to add the Read Later option to the bookmark/start button in the address bar. This can finally be tested by installing the latest Chrome Canary version.

The feature has a dedicated flag in options, chrome://flags/#read-later

Google Chrome Read Later

With today's Canary update, the bookmark button (the star icon in the address bar) has got a new drop-down menu. When you click on that button, it shows a menu with two entries.  The one is Bookmark this tab, which is used to be the default button action. The other one says Add to Read Later, a new option that adds the open page to the Reading list menu.

The entry is also available for selected tabs, so you can add multiple tabs to the reading list with one click.

Chrome Read Later Tab Context Menu

The reading list appears as a folder in the bookmark toolbar.

Chrome Read Later Reading List

That could be great to have the ability to save pages in Chrome, as its competitors already some solutions. We already have Collections in Edge, and the Pocket service integration in Mozilla Firefox. It's time for Google to take a step in the same direction.

Thanks to Leo for the tip.

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1 thought on “The anticipated Read Later feature goes live in Chrome Canary

  1. Bob

    This has now landed in Chrome 89 as “Reading List”.


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