A useful, yet undocumented, shortcut for Google Reader

This morning, while reading (J,J,J,K-ing) through Google Reader, my girlfriend’s cat (Tigger) decided to walk across my keyboard to get a better look at the buttery muffin next to me.

As he did so, the left-hand menu vanished and the reading pane maximized to fill the remaining space – a layout I wish for everytime I use Reader on the 1024×600 screen of my laptop!

After rechecking the list of shortcuts for Google Reader, some methodical pressing revealed the unlisted key in question – u.

Reader with left-pane Reader without pane

On large screens the difference isn’t as pronounced, but on smaller laptops or tablets, hiding the left-pane increases the reading space anywhere from 25-50%.

Thanks Tigger!


  • Haley
    December 13, 2006 - 11:06 am | Permalink
  • December 21, 2006 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Ah, interesting!

    I read that at the time, but somehow missed the part about the hide option. Strange the key isn’t listed in the help section though!

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