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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.