We are big fans of reddit here at AddictiveTips, and frequently cover third-party clients as well as browser extensions that aim to enhance your experience of browsing the front page of the internet, such as the recently featured Shiny Reddit that gives the site a Pinterest-like responsive look and feel. If you are also a frequent redditor, you might have thought about how clicking each post to browse its content from the website isn’t too intuitive, especially when it comes to those short text posts. So, how about the ability to view the content of those posts right from the home page of reddit or any subreddit? If you are using Google Chrome, you can do that with Reddit Hover Text. Let’s learn more about it and see it in action right after the jump.
The best thing about Reddit Hover Text is the way it’s completely minimal and non-intrusive to the extent that after installing it, you won’t even notice if it’s installed. There’s no button added to your URL bar, no item added to the context menu – it doesn’t even add any controls to reddit itself either. Take your mouse cursor to one of the text posts though, and it’ll come into action. Just as soon as you hover the mouse pointer over the heading of a text post, the extension starts loading its contents and shows them to you in a minimal popup.
Any links that are there in the post will show up in its popup bubble as well, and you’ll be able to click them from the bubble to visit them. Lastly, the ‘Mark as visited’ link on the top-left lets you mark any post as visited right from the popup, without actually having to visit the post. That’s pretty much all that’s there to the extension – it’s simple, minimal, and just works!
Reddit Hover Text is one of those extensions that make us forget that we’re using an extension for that functionality, because they work so seamlessly with the browser that their feature seems to be a part of the browser itself. And one can’t stress enough on the convenience it adds to one’s reddit experience. In short, if you are a redditor and use Google Chrome, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t install it.