macOS High Sierra

You can set up specific websites with Reader View in Safari for macOS High Sierra.

Reader View on iOS and macOS for Safari puts a filter on websites that removes all videos, photos, advertisements, and other media, so you can focus on just the reading part. In macOS High Sierra, you'll be able to select specific websites to always appear in Reader View, so you don't have to manually enable it every time you visit your favorite websites.

The customization allows you to toggle Reader View on or off for websites you have visited that support the feature (though most sites support Reader View, not all of them do). Once enabled, every time you visit a site with Reader View on, you'll see the uncluttered, text-only version. Here's how to find automatic Reader View in Safari on macOS High Sierra.

How to enable Automatic Reader View for specific websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra

The easiest way to enable Reader View in Safari on Mac is to click the Reader View button in the URL text field in your browser window. It's on the left side of the URL text field.

Click on the Reader View button in the URL text field

You can also manually select websites that are currently open from the Preferences section of your Settings on Mac.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click the Safari App menu in the Menu bar on the left side.
  3. Click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.

    Launch Safari, then click on the Safari app menu, then click on Preferences

  4. Click on the Websites tab.
  5. Select Reader from the sidebar menu.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu next to a website you've visited in the Currently Open Websites or Currently Configured list.
  7. Select On.

    Click on Websites, then click on Reader, then select a website and click On

How to enable automatic Reader View for all supported websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click the Safari App menu in the Menu bar on the left side.
  3. Click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.

    Launch Safari, then click on the Safari app menu, then click on Preferences

  4. Click on the Websites tab.
  5. Select Reader from the sidebar menu.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu next to When visiting other websites.
  7. Select On.

    Click on Websites, then click on Reader, then select On from the menu at the bottom of the window

How to disable automatic Reader View for specific websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra

The easiest way to disable Reader View in Safari on Mac is to click the Reader View button in the URL text field in your browser window. It's on the left side of the URL text field.

Click on the Reader View button in the URL text field

You can also manually disable specific sites that are currently open or have been configured in the Preferences section of Safari's settings.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click the Safari App menu in the Menu bar on the left side.
  3. Click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.

    Launch Safari, then click on the Safari app menu, then click on Preferences

  4. Click on the Websites tab.
  5. Select Reader from the sidebar menu.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu next to a website you've visited in the Currently Open Websites or Currently Configured list.
  7. Select Off.

    Click on Websites, then click on Reader, then select a website and click off

How to disable automatic Reader View for all supported websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click the Safari App menu in the Menu bar on the left side.
  3. Click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.

    Launch Safari, then click on the Safari app menu, then click on Preferences

  4. Click on the Websites tab.
  5. Select Reader from the sidebar menu.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu next to When visiting other websites.
  7. Select Off.

    Click on websites, then click on Reader, then select Off from the options at the bottom of the window

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