Google Reader isn't known for its beauty. The user interface is very similar to Gmail, except with fewer bells and whistles. The spacious gaps between columns and menu items can sometimes be more distracting than helpful.
As an alternative to viewing Google Reader in list or expanded mode, there's a Chrome extension that can transform it into a grid of stories. Installing and configuring the extension is quick and easy, so let's get started:
Step 1: Install a copy of Grid Preview for Google Reader for your Chrome Web browser.
Step 2: Head to Google Reader in your Web browser. You'll see a new drop-down box next to the Folder settings button that allows you to choose how many columns you want in the grid. Pick a number that works best for your eyes. (This is also where you can choose "Close grid" to stop displaying items in a grid.)
Step 3: Make sure your Google Reader is set to display the Expanded view instead of List view. You should see the articles populate the grid.
Now you can enjoy reading through your RSS feeds in a new format, which gives a little sprucing up to Google Reader's otherwise bland interface.