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Apr 7, 2012

Learn Lion Week: Learn how to use Safari Reader

by Stephen Ashby

Use reader to save articles and read them later without any ads in Part 11 of Learn Lion Week

Tutorial Information BoxMain Tutorial ImageThere was a time when people would email useful web address links to themselves for future reference. Then bookmarks came on the scene, allowing computer users to save specific URLs. With Safari Reader at your disposal both of these methods appear redundant. With Safari’s in-built Reader app, you can save any articles you feel would be useful for later reading. They appear with the headline, favicon and date of the piece in a Reading List which can be displayed to the left of the main browser window. The most crucial part is that your pages are optimised for ease of reading. Rather than linking straight to a webpage, you are shown an uncluttered version that removes the adverts, simply presenting you with articles, pictures and videos. This method is a cleaner way to create a reading and reference list and, while it doesn’t work with every page on the web, it does with the vast majority.Header Bar

Step 11: Look for signs

When you come across a page that is compatible with Safari Reader, such as a news website, you will see a Reader badge to the right of the address bar.

Step 22: Clicking on Reader

By clicking the Reader badge, you will be able to see the article as an A4 sheet which strips the page of adverts and displays just the important information.

Step 33: Print the page

You will see the Reader control bar which allows you to do a number of things, including printing the simplified page. Printing via Reader will certainly save on ink.

Step 44: Email the page

It is also possible to send the page called up in Reader via email. Rather neatly, it doesn’t just send friends a link, it places the actual article in the email body.

Step 55: Zoom in and out

You can call up the Reader control bar at any time by hovering the mouse over the transparent black control bar. Other features include zooming in and out.

Step 66: Adding pages

Pages can be added to a Reading List. Click on the glasses icon to the left of Safari, then select Add Page to insert the article into your list for later reference.

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This tutorial is the eleventh in our Learn Lion Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn Lion Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to OS X Lion. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearnLionWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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