Is there an extension or setting for Chrome or Firefox that can disable images in a web page so that I can have a text-only view? Changing the settings in Under the Hood is too cumbersome.
Several months ago, I requested a button/method to make toggling content easier, and it turns out that a month earlier, work was started on a way to create an API to allow extensions to do exactly this, so if you can wait, one day there will be an extension that can do specifically what you want.
For April Fool’s day 2011, Google released a Chrome extension called ChromeLite which while meant as a joke, actually does display most websites in text-mode. Since then, others have created similar extensions like Text Mode and Text Only, Please!.
For every browser, there exist Extension AdBlock (also, there exists Adblock Plus) -
After instalation, on the right upper corner (along with address bar) there appears an icon. right click on that >Settings> Edit filter> and add these lines
*.gif *.png *.jpg *.bmp *.swf
and click Save.
after this, the images+flash files wont be loaded on sites, but if you want to temporarily enable for specific site, then while you are on that site(page), click the icon and clcik Dont run on this page (or pause). then you can again re-enable.
Anyway, there exist other several extensions to disable image load :
for Firefox : 1) Image Block; 2) ImgLikeOpera (for image blocking) + FlashBlock (for flash blocking)
for Chrome : 1) HideShowImgs; 2) Text Mode
for Opera : Click CTRL+F12>Pages>Images>Dont load, also enable Opera turbo from left bottom corner.