26 responses

  1. Luis
    August 2, 2017

    Great tip. This functionality is also useful for creating a better formatted pdf from a web page. And, best of all, it can also be found in iOS devices such as iphones or ipads since reader mode is also available in safari for iOS. On an iphone or ipad, just tap on the reader button in the URL bar and then tap the share icon (a box with an arrow pointing up) and tap on print. This will display the print dialog, and from there, the webpage can either be printed or saved as a pdf without the ads.

  2. John Galt
    August 2, 2017

    Thank you for yet another excellent hint about the beauty of OSX, our favorite operating system.

  3. Iain616
    August 2, 2017

    Excellent. Great tip. Thank you.

  4. Jane
    August 2, 2017

    Your tips are just amazing!
    I recently discovered you, and I love this.
    Thank you!!!
    Jane

  5. Sandy
    August 2, 2017

    I frequently use the “Reader” view, but often the pictures (not just the ads) on the pages are missing when I do.

    • Luis
      August 3, 2017

      I found that to be happening in iOS too. Just wait a little longer before you turn on the reader view, or turn it off and back on until the pictures show up.

  6. James Katt
    August 2, 2017

    Using Reader Mode does not always work.
    Many times it only shows an excerpt of the page.
    It also lacks the comments section which can be very important to print.

    The better solution is to use Ghostery to eliminate ads. You also choose services in Ghostery to show – such as Facebook comments if those are what is used for comments. With Ghostery you have significant control over what shows on the webpage. And you can turn them on and off.

    You can also use QuickNuke, a Safari extension, to remove specific parts of the web page such as ads or photos.

  7. Tom Grace
    August 2, 2017

    Not only will the pared down web page print nicely, but apparently by using command-shift-I you can email the pared page quite easily.

  8. Mark
    August 2, 2017

    Great tip, but we keyboard aficionados Cmd+Shift+R brings up the Reader mode without moving the mouse or using the trackpad. Different strokes…..

  9. Ray
    August 2, 2017

    Also works on my iPad. Printing is a little different than Mac but iPad users should be able to figure it out.

    • Luis
      August 3, 2017

      On ipad or iphone just tap the share button (square with an arrow pointing up) and then the print button. By the way, once in the print dialog it is also possible to save as a pdf by reverse pinching to zoom in on the first page preview (or hard pressing on 3D touch capable devices such as an iphone 6s or later).

  10. Bernard Leeds
    August 2, 2017

    Now on iPhone how select all & copy so can share with a friend?

    • Luis
      August 3, 2017

      From iphone or ipad, you can easily convert the web page to a pdf file from the print dialog by pinching to zoom in on the first page preview (or force pressing on 3D touch capable devices). Then you can share that file via imessage, email, airdrop, etc.

  11. Jochen Dwersteg
    August 2, 2017

    use ⌘+shift+R to enter reader mode

    use ⌘+P to print

    set up keyboard shortcut in System Preferences to set up
    ⌘+P to print to .pdf to save without paper or send to a friend.

  12. Mark
    August 3, 2017

    I might also add that I tried this tip using Firefox and its reader view, and that works as well.

  13. Tony
    August 3, 2017

    Excellent tip, well for me anyway. Despite owning my iMac for 18 months there are so many options I have no idea about.
    Good contributions from others to, thanks to all!

  14. barbara
    August 3, 2017

    Great and USEFUL tip!! I’ve already used it, thank you!

  15. Wieland (Jim) Hartwig
    August 4, 2017

    I read newspapers on the web. Some of them have a paywall after a certain amount of views (NYT has 30 views per month). This can be circumvented by Command-Shift-R to use the Reader.

  16. Bernard Lopez
    August 4, 2017

    Before you print and close out the window while using Reader, it is a good idea to carefully look over the new rendering to make sure all the original information is still there. Depending on how the web page was coded, some parts of the content may not transition over at all.

    Prime example: On the New York Times Cooking pages, if you try using Reader, it strips out the entire list of ingredients which effectively makes the use of Reader null.

    • Luis
      August 4, 2017

      Yeah, the same happened to me on the Washington Post. I wanted to use reader view on the recently published transcript of the phone calls between pres. Trump and the presidents of Mexico and Australia, but they included a timeline of events at the beginning of the article that got disordered in reader view, so I had to go back to the standard view.

    • Benjamin Levi
      August 5, 2017

      Try using PrintFriendly & PDF. You can choose what include/exclude; images, text, etc. It also comes as a browser extension. I’ve been using it for a couple of years with no problems.

      https://www.printfriendly.com

  17. manit
    August 6, 2017

    only text is shown; graphics and/or pictures are not shown in the pdf format.

    Is there any way to include graphics and pictures on pdf?

    Please advise.

    Manit

    • Benjamin Levi
      August 6, 2017

      Yes. As I posted In the comment/reply above, try PrintFriendly & PDF.

      Hope this helps.

    • Luis
      August 6, 2017

      Safari reader view does show pictures. However, you may have to reload the page a couple of times before you see the pictures in reader view.

      • Luis
        August 6, 2017

        On iOS, that is. Don’t know about reader view on a mac.

  18. Bizybeejm
    August 6, 2017

    Oh wow, great tip. I did not know this! Awesome….you made my day.

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