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Stupid Simple Mac Tips #50 – That Website is SO Distracting!

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #50 – That Website is SO Distracting!

By Tom Lambotte | October 6, 2020

Have you ever stopped reading an article because the website had way too many distracting ads? It drives me nuts !

Nobody enjoys entering a website to have items jump all over their screen like Mario trying to make it to the next level.

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Apple has a handy feature which allows your Mac to recognize cluttered websites and convert them into Reader View.

Reader View provides a cleaner and simpler view of the page you are viewing. It strips everything but the article (text) and main images you are trying to read. I LOVE ❤  this feature.

To enable Reader View in Safari, click the Reader View button that is next to the URL bar in your browser. The button will appear as four gray lines with a white background.

SSMT50 Automatic Reader View

How to Enter Automatic Reader View for Specific Websites:

To set specific websites as Read-Only, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. In the app menu, select Safari > Preferences in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Click the Websites tab > Reader.
  4. A drop-down menu will appear next to websites you’ve recently visited in the Currently Open or Configured Websites list. For the website you want to be automatically Read-Only, select On from the drop-down menu.
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And that’s it!

From now on, that specific website will automatically be entered into read-only mode when you access it via Safari.

Bonus Tip:

Do you do a lot of browsing on your iPhone and have the same frustration?

I do. In fact, most articles I tend to read on my iPhone. This feature also exists on your iOS devices!  The only difference, the “four lines” are now “AA.”

SSMT50 Reader View Mobile

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  • October 6, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.