If you use Google Reader’s list view (instead of expanded), you want to scan headlines and selectively mark several items as read without having to expand them–and a new Greasemonkey user script, Google Reader Mark Selected as Read, lets you do just that.
Click here to install Google Reader Mark Selected as Read (you must have the Greasemonkey Firefox extension installed first), and your subscription headlines will show up with checkboxes next to each. Check the ones you don’t want to read, and press the “Mark selected as read” button as shown in the screenshot. This super-useful script is written by Dmitry Rodiontsev and slated for the next release of Better GReader. Thanks, Dmitry and bel9ev!
Update: Reader leifern reminds us that from the keyboard you can move up and down headlines in list view using the n and p keys, and mark items as read as you go using the m key. So this user script is for the mouse-fans in the room. Thanks, leifern!
Does this have hotkeys for selecting items and the mark selected as read button? Because my hands never leave the keyboard while I’m in Reader.
I don’t believe it does–j and k open items as usual, but it would be really cool to be able to move up and down the list and hit x to check the boxes, then Y to archive, er, mark as read (I’m in Gmail territory now).
In Reader’s list view, you are able to move up and down using n and p, and mark an item as read using m, without any scripts.
@leifern: Awesome, thanks! Didn’t know about that.
This is the best! Been wanting it for a long time.
Is it possible for him to uploaded it to userscripts.org so we can discuss issues/problems and my main reason is so I can keep it updated. Google is always changing things in reader.
Thanks for the tip I look forward to trying it 🙂