Images enhance websites and pages in several ways. However, web pages filled with images may take a little longer to fully load in browsers than pages that contain only text. Therefore, some users prefer to block images on pages to speed up navigation.
Google Chrome is the browser of choice for most people. There are several ways to block images on pages with the options and extensions of this browser.
Here is how you can speed up browsing in Google Chrome by blocking website images with three different methods.
How to block images with Chrome’s built-in setting
Google Chrome includes many site control settings with which you can configure permissions and website content. This browser’s image content options allow you to turn off images on all or more specific websites.
You can block images with these settings as follows:
- Click it Customize and control Google Chrome menu button, which is on the far right of the URL toolbar.
- To select Settings in the menu to display this tab.
- Click on Privacy and Security on the left side of Google Chrome.
- To select Site settings to display content options.
- Then click Pictures to display the options displayed directly below.
- Select the Do not allow sites to display images radio button.
Any webpages you now open in Chrome won’t include any images. If you prefer, you can instead configure only specific pages to show no images.
To do this, click on the To add button for the Not allowed to display images option. Then enter the URL of a website to block images in the text box that opens and select the To add option.
If you keep the Do not allow sites to display images option selected, you can still allow specific sites to display images. To do this, select To add for the Allowed to display images option. Enter the URL of a website to allow images and click To add.
How to delete webpage images in Chrome with Image Blocker
Beyond Chrome’s built-in settings, you can disable images on pages with extensions for this browser. Image Blocker is an extension that adds a handy button to disable webpage images in Chrome’s URL toolbar.
You can click this button to turn off images on all open pages in a tab.
To add this extension to Chrome, open the Image blocker web page. Click it Add to Chrome button on this page.
Thereafter, you should notice a Image blocker in the browser’s URL toolbar, as in the snapshot just below. Otherwise, click on the Extensions button and select the Pin option for Image Blocker there.
Now open a web page to block images. By clicking on the Image blocker The button will remove all images from that page and any others you open in its tab. You can press the button of the extension to quickly restore the images.
To configure the extension to hide page images for new tabs by default, right-click its toolbar button to select Options. Select the To hide radio button shown directly below. Then images will be disabled on web pages when you open new tabs.
To download: Image blocker for Chromium (To free)
How to delete images from webpages in Chrome using text mode
Text mode is another good extension to turn off images on web pages in Google Chrome. The extension applies a black and white text-only mode to pages.
Besides removing images, it also removes videos, animations and advertisements from web pages. With fully decluttering pages, text mode can make browsing noticeably faster.
You can get text mode from its Chrome Store webpage. Select the Add to Chrome on this page to install the extension. Then you will see a Text mode button in the browser toolbar.
Now click on it Text mode button. Doing so will enable its text-only mode for all the pages you open in Google Chrome. Open a few pages of web pages to see the result.
You will notice that the browser displays these pages in black and white. If you prefer to turn off images but keep color pages, you will need to configure the B&W text mode options.
To do this, right click on the Text mode button and select Options. Then deselect the Desaturate colors and White background pages checkboxes.
There you can also configure the image replacement boxes displayed on the pages. You can choose to have completely gray boxes or blank boxes with diagonal lines on them.
To download: Text mode for Chromium (To free)
Block images to speed up your browsing
So you don’t need to buy a faster router to speed up your browsing. Just block images on websites with one of the above three methods instead.
Whichever method you choose to disable images, they will all make Google Chrome browsing faster. Without any images on the web pages, page load times will decrease.
Also note that you can add text mode and image blocker to other Chromium-based browsers. Google Chrome extensions are compatible with Edge, Opera and Vivaldi.
If you’re like me and spend a lot of your day browsing the web, you understand how frustrating it is to have a slow, bulky browser that seems to be on its last stop. While some of this slowness can stem from non-browser issues like ISP and computer hardware, there are steps you can take to maximize browser speed.
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