Clearing the Clutter Redux

A while ago I wrote about a great resource called Readability. It’s a site that strips the clutter- ads, links, and extraneous images. Unfortunately, it’s now out of beta testing and it requires a fee. Too bad- because lots of my students (ok, me too) benefit from seeing a less distracting page.

I should have known that I had the tool all along. If you use Safari, you have a built in “Reader Tool” that will do the same thing.

Safari reader

When you load a page in Safari, you may get a small box on the right side of the address toolbar that says “Reader.” Click that box. You will get a PDF looking page that is mainly text. It can be printed or emailed, and you can zoom in and out.

A great way to use this is to click the print button and then save the document as a PDF. You can then use the annotation tools to make notes and highlight text.

 

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One response to “Clearing the Clutter Redux

  1. Too bad that is is fee based now…it makes it a harder sell for individual classrooms, it is such a wonderful tool.

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