How to Make Feedly Look More Like Google Reader

google-reader-logoFeedly is rapidly becoming my preferred replacement for the soon-to-expire Google Reader, so I was pleased today when I learned that there was a way to make Feedly look more like Google Reader than I had hoped.

The tip I am sharing in this post goes far beyond the GR-inspired changes that Feedly has made to their service. It won’t result in a perfect match, but if you already use Feedly then I’m sure you can see how much it now looks like GR:


This is a pretty simple tip and if you know how to install an app then you can do this. I’m going to have you install something called a userscript. This will change the behavior of your web browser.

The userscript is called Readly. I tested it with Firefox, and I am told it works with Chrome. I cannot say for sure f it works with other web browsers.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is install GreaseMonkey. This is an addon for Firefox and Chrome that lets you run your own little bits of code.  You can find it with the other addons for your browser.
  2. Reboot your browser so GreaseMonkey can start running. You’ll probably also need to enable GreaseMonkey so it knows to runs the script.
  3. Click here and download the script. It should install automatically.

Once you have GreaseMonkey and the script both running in your browser, refresh Feedly. Then set the theme to Modern Gray. You will be amazed at the difference.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Joe Nonsense30 March, 2013

    This is why I strongly dislike tech pundits. There is NO CONVENTIONALLY accepted replacement for Reader. It is far too early to judge. Just because Feedly was quick off the mark (perhaps they have a mole in Google) means diddly squat. Let’s not humble ourselves with potential claim chowder. Let’s keep an open mind at the best replacement(s) for Reader. Let’s be patient!

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2013

      I did not proclaim Feedly as the heir apparent. It’s just the one I like the most (right now), and I wanted to tell everyone about this important trick.

  2. Julie30 March, 2013

    What happened to your link for the Greasemonkey script? I found it by looking at your code anyhow. 🙂

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2013

      I left it out. I thought the best way to get Greasemonkey was via the web browser itself.

      1. Howard Lee Harkness30 March, 2013

        Interesting that the folks who built the install page for Readly went out of their way to make it difficult to figure out how to install it — all of the prominent buttons and links on that page are for crapware.

        I suppose this is the new model for how to support “freeware.”

        1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2013

          Sorry. It’s my fault the link was bad.

          I fixed it.

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  4. Moriah Jovan30 March, 2013

    I bought Feeddler for my iPad, but I have an Android phone and Feeddler has no app for Android.

    I had tried Feedly a while back and didn’t like the magazine layout. Now that they’ve added this list view that doesn’t annoy me, AND they have both Android and iOS apps, they may have won me over.

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2013

      The Feedly Android app is still very much a magazine style app.

      1. Moriah Jovan30 March, 2013

        List with thumbnails, which is tolerable for now.

  5. Howard Lee Harkness30 March, 2013

    “Then set the theme to Modern Gray.”

    Exactly how do you do that? I saw a list of themes — and none of them were “Modern Gray.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2013

      Scroll the left pane all the way down to the bottom.

      Select the themes option.

      “Modern gray” is the theme in the top left corner.


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