How To Mark Medium Articles As Read (With Pictures)

If you consume as much Medium content as I do, you sometimes forget which articles you’ve already seen.

Here is how to mark Medium articles as read:

There are five ways to mark Medium articles as read: Bookmark the article, clap for the article, highlight the article, comment on the article, or save the article to an Already Read list. The easiest way to label an article as read is to use clapping.

In this article, I’ll explain how to mark Medium articles as read using these five methods.

How To Mark Medium Articles As Read Using Bookmarks

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It is super easy to mark Medium articles as read using the bookmark feature.

Here is how it works.

After you read an article on Medium, you scroll back to the top. Then, you find the bookmark symbol (which looks like a ribbon symbol to me).

Here is a screenshot of where to find it:

Screenshot of My Medium Article with red arrow pointing at the bookmark icon
My screenshot of my Medium account

As you can see, the bookmark feature is between the social media icons and the three dots (…).

Once you click on the bookmark symbol, you can choose where you want to bookmark the article. When that is complete, the bookmark symbol will now be filled in with color.

As opposed to empty or white.

The next time that you run across this article, you’ll instantly see that the article is bookmarked at the top of the page.

And that will alert you that you have already read the article.

How To Mark a Medium Article as Read By Clapping

Clapping is another way of marking an article as read on Medium.

You can clap for an article anywhere from one to fifty times. Claps are essentially the same as “likes” on social media. Once you’ve read an article, simply give it a few claps to let yourself know you’ve read an article.

You clap for an article by clicking the applause icon that is usually floating near the bottom of the screen.

Here is a screenshot of clapping for a Medium article:

Screenshot of My Medium Article with red arrow pointing at the clapping icon
My screenshot of my Medium articleHow to mark Medium articles as read

When you see that you’ve clapped for an article, you know that you have already read it before.

In my opinion, I consider clapping the easiest way to mark Medium articles as read.

How To Mark a Medium Article as Read By Highlighting

Highlighting the title or the first line of text is an easy way to mark an article as “read.”

To highlight an article, simply select a word, phrase, or sentence with your cursor and right-click. Then choose the “highlight” option from the menu that opens.

Check out this screenshot of how to highlight an article on Medium:

Screenshot of My Medium Article with red arrow pointing at the highlight option
My screenshot of my Medium articleHow to mark Medium articles as read

This will help you keep track of which articles you’ve already read and which ones you still need to catch up on.

Plus, it’s a great way to save time when you’re scrolling through your feed.

How To Mark a Medium Article as Read With Comments

Just a quick tip for all you Medium users out there: if you want to mark an article as read, one way to do it is to leave a comment on the post.

Simply click on the comment icon (which looks like a dialogue bubble in a cartoon or comic book) and add your comment.

Because I have your back, here’s another screenshot:

Screenshot of My Medium Article with red arrow pointing at the comment icon
My screenshot of my Medium article – How to mark Medium articles as read

Your comment will then show up at the top of the comments list, so you can easily see which articles you’ve already read. Granted, this isn’t the fastest or most efficient method for marking articles as read, but it does work if you’re in a pinch.

And who knows, maybe your comment will add something valuable to the conversation.

How To Mark a Medium Article as Read Using the List Feature

You can also use the List feature to mark Medium articles as read.

While this is similar to bookmarking, this method takes it one step further. In the list method, you create a list named “Read” or “Already Read.”

You create a new list by clicking on the bookmark icon. Then, you click on “Create New List” in the drop-down list of options.

When you bookmark the article, you add it to your “Already Read” list.

Anytime you wonder which articles you’ve read, you just check your list.

Why Mark Medium Articles as Read

As anyone who has ever tried to catch up on their reading list knows, it can be difficult to keep track of everything you’ve read.

Unfortunately, Medium does not offer a “mark as read” feature that allows you to quickly and easily mark articles as read.

However, you can use all five of the methods we’ve discussed in this article as a decent substitute.

This can be especially helpful when you’re trying to keep track of what you’ve read on a specific topic.

For example, let’s say you’re catching up on your reading list for work. You may want to mark all of the articles relating to your field as read so that you can easily see which articles are new and which ones you’ve already read.

Alternatively, you may want to mark all of the articles from a certain author as read so that you can easily see their new work.

Regardless of how you use it, marking articles as read can be a helpful way to keep track of your reading list.

Final Thoughts: How To Mark Medium Articles as Read

My personal favorite way to mark Medium articles as read is to use clapping.

To me, it’s the easiest and quickest method. My second choice is bookmarking since you can tell if an article is bookmarked without actually opening the article at all.

Now, you won’t be able to apply these strategies if you’re trying to read Medium articles for free.

However, if you have a paid account, all of these methods should work just fine for you.

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