Using Safari Reader View

If you are trying to read an article online and the font is too small, too light, or other page elements are too distracting, you can use Safari's Reader View to focus on just the text and other primary elements of the article. It is easy to turn Reader View on and off. Once on, you can adjust the font, font size and background color.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Using Safari Reader View”

    robert sigafoos
    3 years ago

    To toggle back to the original site, all you have to do is click on the grey area outside the reader view document. Also, notice that you can select all (comm+A) and copy/paste the document into another text/document app (textedit or pages) or send to printer. Select all does not select all videos (like your macmost videos) but it does paste the web links to other sites and youtube videos. How can we set a keyboard shortcut for Reader View?

    3 years ago

    Robert: There already is one. It is View, Show Reader (Shift+Command+R).

    robert sigafoos
    3 years ago

    Thank you . . . I saw that one but thought it was the sidebar reading list (glasses logo) between the RSS (@) feature and bookmarks bar. Guess I should have tried it before asking question.

    Law Thim Fook
    3 years ago

    Thanks for the video, Gary. Do you know of any way, e.g. plug-ins or otherwise, to have Safari always open in Reader View, say when one clicks “Open in New Tab” mode?

    3 years ago

    Law: No, sorry, there’s no way to do that. Not sure you’d want to as there may be information that the Reader View leaves out (some images, videos, sidebar text, etc) so it is a good idea to view the page regularly first, then only use Reader view when you want to focus on the main article text. Plus, many sites present text in a nice readable format so the reader view is unnecessary.

    Law Thim Fook
    3 years ago

    Noted with thanks, Gary.

    Mitch Kennedy
    3 years ago

    Gary, what triggers Safari to decide a page is available for Reader View?

    3 years ago

    Mitch: I imagine it looks at the content on the page and tries to determine whether a large body of text is available. I’m sure it takes into account the common structure found on major news sites and CMS systems like WordPress too.

    Roger Thomson
    3 years ago

    On my iMac I do not show the aA on the address bar. Is their a way to activate it?

    3 years ago

    Roger: Are you using El Capitan? Or some older version of OS X?

    Mary Green
    3 years ago

    wow, thanks, I bought my Mom a Mac she is 92 and has a hard time seeing, this is much better for web pages than the magnifier.

    brad
    3 years ago

    very nice feature! Thanks for the tip!

    H.M
    3 years ago

    This is a great feature and I had no idea it existed. Thank you!!

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