Readability is an extension for Firefox and Google Chrome that removes ads and other distractions from a web page. This can help your students focus on the content, rather than on the clutter surrounding it.

To use Readability:

  1. Install the Readability extension for Firefox by going to the Firefox Add-ons site at and searching for Readability. For Google Chrome, visit the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery at and search for Readability.
  2. Once Readability is installed, you can activate it by clicking once on the blue Readability icon in the lower right hand corner of the Firefox window or on the Google Chrome toolbar.
    Readability icon in lower right corner of Firefox window.
  3. You can also activate Readability using a keyboard shortcut: Control, Alt, R on windows or Command, Option, R on the Mac. To return to the original version of the page the keyboard shortcut is Control, R on Windows and Command, R on the Mac.
  4. While Reability is activated, you can also return to the original version of a page by clicking on the Reload original page icon in the upper left corner of the page. You will also see icons for printing the page and emailing it to another person.
    Readability buttons: Reload, Print, Email.
  5. To access the Options for Readability, right-click on the Readability icon in Firefox, or right-click and choose Options in Google Chrome. The options include changing the layout (including Inverse for a high contrast display), the text size, and the margin width.
    Readability options window.
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