Sometimes you’re browsing a website and you read an article that you just have to save. Sure, you could print it to PDF, or perhaps even print a copy on paper. But the PDF method can be problematic (for example, it might just save the first screen of an article unless you use a third-party app to help grab the page), and the paper method just adds to clutter and wastes paper. Fortunately, there’s a fast way to save those must-keep articles; Safari’s Reading List function on both iOS and Mac OS X Yosemite. In today’s tip, I’ll show how easy it is to use Reading List on both platforms.
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When you’ve come across that web page you want to save, click on the share button in the top right corner of the Safari window — it looks like a square with an arrow pointing up from it. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the first item — Add to Reading List.
That was easy, wasn’t it? But how do you read what you’ve put into your Reading List? On the upper left side of the Safari window you’ll find the Bookmarks button (see image below). Click on it, and a pane slides out from the left side of the browser. At the top are three buttons — the leftmost one is used to view any bookmarks you’ve saved, the middle button (looks like a pair of Steve Jobs’ glasses) is for Reading List, and the right button is for Shared Links from social media. Click the middle button, and your Reading List appears.
To view any of the saved pages, just click on the appropriate item in your Reading List and it appears in Safari. Should you decide to delete the saved page, just hover your mouse pointer over the Reading List item for it and a small “X” appears. Click on that, and you’ve deleted the saved page. If you decide that you really didn’t want to delete it, just select “Undo Remove from Reading List” from Safari’s Edit menu.
Reading List is also available on your favorite iOS 8 device. In fact, items placed into the Reading List on your Mac appear on your iOS devices if you’re signed into iCloud on both platforms, and vice versa. To save a web page for future reference in iOS 8 Safari, tap the Share button that’s in the upper right side of the Safari window on iPad or lower center on iPhone (see image above). Once it has been tapped, the Share Sheet appears. Look at the second full line of buttons, and you’ll see that familiar pair of glasses (see image below). Tap on it to download the web page and save it in Reading List.
To view the page later, tap the Bookmarks button — it’s in the upper left corner of the iPad screen, or lower right on iPhone. The Bookmarks button in iOS 8 looks like an open book, so it’s quite easy to identify. Three buttons appear at the top of the screen. Tap the one that looks like the pair of glasses, and the full list of saved pages appears. Tap on any one of those pages listed to see the full page in its entirety.
When you decide to delete one of the pages in Reading List, just swipe left on the item and a red Delete button appears. Tap it, and the page is gone for good. There is no way to undo your deletion in iOS 8 Safari, so make sure that you really want to delete that Reading List item before you swipe.