I'm using Firefox and I like to use the distraction-free "reader view" when I'm reading some text.

My current process is right-click on a link, click in "Open in a new tab" and then click on the reader view like in the image below.

firefox reader view

Now, I want to find some way to open the new tabs in this mode automatically (when the site allows).

I intend to make it automatically, but I'm also open to some shortcut or even a extension, if necessary.

  • Firefox 43.0.4

I found the perfect solution

  1. add this extension Menu Wizard to your FireFox, and restart the browser.

Steps 2 to 6

  1. open Menu Wizard config page by clicking "Alt+Shift+M" on your keyboard or from the right click menu or by typing about:config-menu in the address bar.
  2. Expand Main Context Menu
  3. click on the add button (green plus icon)
  4. drag a new menu item from the right panel to the position you desire in the menu
  5. Click on the Properties of the New Menu Item

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  1. set the Title to whatever you like to appear in the menu (e.g. Open Link in Reading Mode)
  2. paste this code in the Command > onCommand field:

    if (gContextMenu.onLink) {
          var selectedLink = gContextMenu.getLinkURL();
          var URL = "about:reader?url=" + selectedLink;
          var mytab = gBrowser.addTab(URL);
          gBrowser.selectedTab = mytab;
  3. Click Ok button and exit the Menu Wizard config tab

All Done!

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  • Just a side note. The solution works like a charm, but the Menu Wizard extension has a advertising system that can be annoying at times. – James Feb 1 '16 at 18:45
  • after installation you're given the choice to opt in or out (I want to support the developer window) you must'v chosen the green option which enables ads. maybe there's a way to opt out or try reinstalling the extension and chose (don't support) when asked. – Maher Fattouh Feb 1 '16 at 19:05
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    just checked, go to Menu Wizard setting page > gear icon at the top > "Advertisement is enabled" Change status. does that remove the annoyance? – Maher Fattouh Feb 1 '16 at 19:08
  • Yes, it works! Thanks for the tip. if you can add this information in your answer, i think it'll help others with the same question than me. Help developers accepting the advertisements is a nice behavior, but sometimes this can be really annoying (like in work environment, for example). Thank you for all – James Feb 1 '16 at 19:45
  • Can we have this functionality in middle mouse click button? If you can tell me some pointers, that would also be great! Thanks :) – q126y Oct 7 '16 at 2:16

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