Safari Reading List

Most Apps have features that none of us know about or use. The Safari web browser is no exception to this. The Reading List in Safari is a totally cool feature, but I must admit I have not used it a whole lot. However, that is going to change in my future web browsing. 

Reading List

The Reading List feature in Safari allows you to bookmark articles in a list for reading later. If you do light web surfing you may not use this feature. If you are a heavy web user, it may come in handy. I think it would be especially useful if you were researching a topic by collecting articles for later comparison. I think the problem for me is remembering to use the Reading List feature, especially as I am researching articles for the Macessence blog. Here is how the Reading List works.

You access the Reading List feature by clicking the “Show Sidebar” icon in the Safari menubar:

Show Sidebar

Once the Sidebar is open you need to click on the Eyeglasses to bring up the Reading List:

Reading List Access

To add an article to the Reading List you click on the small “plus” symbol next to the web address:

Article Add

The article is added to your Reading List:

Articles

Now, you can read these articles at your leisure any time you wish. You can also add an article to the list using the Bookmarks menu “Add to Reading List”:

Add To List
If you use a mouse, you can do things to the articles by right-clicking on them:

Right-Click Menu

If you use a Trackpad, you can slide left or right to Delete or do other things:

Remove

If you have many articles in the Reading List, you can use the Search Box to look for something. 

If you look at the right-click menu above, you see a “Save Offline” feature. Why would you use this feature? If you fly a lot where you cannot have your Mac or iPad online, you can save several articles “Offline” for reading on your flight. Or, maybe you are going to be at a location (camping) where you have no network connection. It really is a handy feature.

Conclusion

I do a moderate to heavy amount of web surfing. Using the Reading List is a no brainer. I am glad my brain has become more aware of it. I will be using it more extensively in the future.