How to expand Google Reader articles in the current tab

Do you find yourself opening new tabs for each article you want to read in your RSS? Check out this Chrome extension to save some time.

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With so many Web sites to follow, I find myself relying on my Google Reader regularly. Unfortunately, I also find that many RSS snippets will cut off right when I'm about to get to the good stuff. This is generally because the sites want you to click on their links. I understand the reasoning behind it (and am guilty of it myself), but this sometimes leaves me with 10 open tabs to read, making me wander and lose focus on 10 different Web sites.

To prevent this, I've started using Google Reader Inline after checking out a recent article on Lifehacker. This is a very useful extension for Chrome that allows you to load the full article without leaving your current tab or opening a new one (and still gives the writer's site a page view). So after I'm done reading, I can move on to the next article in the queue, instead of wandering aimlessly through a Web site for 3 hours -- like I do on Wikipedia.

Google Reader Inline. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Download Google Reader Inline for Chrome.

Step 2: Open and log in to Google Reader.

A truncated article in Google Reader. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Browse through your articles in the RSS feed, and press on the small magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner for any article you want to expand.

That's all you have to do! How do you deal with text hidden "after the jump"? And do you see this extension being helpful?

 

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