Google Reader is yet another reason to love Google: it’s free, offers unlimited features and is very flexible. It also has a very powerful search platform that makes it easy to explore your feed archives. I rely on Google Reader to monitor all my blog subscriptions, track my online reputation, store my personal Twitter updates as well as Twitter search archives, and more.
Using Google Reader daily, you may have dozens (or maybe even hundreds) of feeds on your list – and browsing through them daily or weekly can take plenty of time. This post aims at making that procedure faster, which will hopefully increase your productivity and let you spend more time actually reading.
1. Built-in Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Reader supports quite a few keyboard shortcuts that make browsing through your daily feeds really fast and enjoyable. Keyboard shortcuts save time by helping you quickly explore your reading list without moving your hand back and forth between your keyboard and mouse.
When it comes to Google Reader keyboard shortcuts, there are probably too many of them for anyone to be able to find their way around them. I have compiled the most useful Reader keyboard shortcuts I am aware of in a handy table which will, hopefully, make it easier to memorize them:
|Action Type||Keyboard Shortcut||Action|
|Search||/||Add focus to the search box (to start typing the search query)|
|Tab||Activate feed filter for search|
|Down / Up arrows||Select the feed type or folder to restrict your search|
|Browse the feed items||j||Select the top item in the list|
|j / k||Go to the next / previous item in the list|
|Enter||Go back to the list|
|v||Go to the actual page (outside Google Reader)|
|g t||Go to tag|
|g u||Go to subscription|
|g s||Go to starred items|
|g a||Go to the “All items” view|
|g SHIFT+t||Go to the “Trends” view|
|g d||Show the recommendations page, or the browse page if there are no recommendations|
|Change the interface||1 / 2||Alternate between the expanded / list view (respectively)|
|u||Toggle left sidebar|
|f||Toggle full screen mode|
2. Mouse Actions
If you prefer using your mouse over your keyboard, here’s a great way to supercharge your Google Reader with additional mouse actions.: This userscript has already been mentioned in our round-up of the .
The script adds the ability to browse through items in a feed using your mouse:
- Left mouse button jumps to the next item in the feed;
- Right mouse button jumps to the previous item in the feed.
You can toggle the mouse-only mode using the button at the bottom of your screen (or CTRL+z keyboard shortcut):
Additionally, you can select the action for the mouse middle button:
- Open items in tabs;
- Share item;
- Start item;
- Add a tag:
Which tricks are you using to browse Google Reader feeds? Do you think the tips listed above can be any help? Please share your thoughts in the comments!