Readers question: Present websites without advertising and images for printing

Featured image: Print out website in reader mode

Yesterday I got a question from Josef who wanted to know the following:

Is there a printer software available where you can only print out the text from a website? Pictures and advertising etc. all gone? I think many would like that!

Answer: Safari and other browsers' reader mode

In principle, you don't need any special software for this request, as most browsers (Safari and Firefox have it, I haven't found anything with Chrome) have a corresponding "reading mode" or "reader view" built into the articles in a fixed font, font size and without advertising and menu.

The reader mode in Safari enables a properly readable view of a web page.

The reader mode in Safari enables a properly readable view of a web page.

To call up this reader mode in Safari (also works on the iPhone and iPad), for example in this article, click on the symbol with the horizontal lines next to the address bar. It is important to note, however, that this mode is not available on all websites. For example, if you are on the start page of Sir Apfelot, then this button is not even offered for the reading mode. Presumably this is because Safari recognizes that this is not a single item.

Tidied up: print out in reader mode

If you want to print out a website without a menu and other bells and whistles, you only have to print the website in read mode. You can already see in the preview that only the headline, article text and image are used here.

Print preview in Safari's reader mode: nicely legible.

Print preview in Safari's reader mode: nicely legible.

Unfortunately, videos also appear in the printout.

Unfortunately, videos also appear in the printout.

Videos in expression

It's a shame that embedded videos still appear in the printout. Of course, they do not offer any added value and from my point of view are more of a waste of toner and ink. Here Apple could improve again to optimize the printout in reader mode.

I assume that there are currently videos available, since the reading mode is actually only intended for viewing on a device such as a Mac, iPhone or iPad. And there you can very well watch videos. However, they still disturb the expression.

Safari options: Customize font in reading mode

If you like, you can click on the small "As" in the activated reading mode, which are displayed on the right in the address bar of Safari. This opens a menu from which the font color, font and font size can be selected.

Button for the font menu of the reading mode.

Button for the font menu of the reading mode.

Font menu in Safari's Reader mode.

Font menu in Safari's Reader mode.

Update 01.04.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX: Button for reading mode in Firefox has moved

A small update for users of new Firefox versions. I just noticed that the developers moved the Reading View button to the right side of the URL line. In the screenshot below I have marked you where it can be found. On the left side there is the possibility to set the font and font size in reading mode.

The reading mode button has moved to the right in the Firefox browser. But works just as well as before!

The reading mode button has moved to the right in the Firefox browser. But works just as well as before!

 

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