Make Better Use Of Your Time With Reading Lists In Mountain Lion And Safari 6 [OS X Tips]

Make Better Use Of Your Time With Reading Lists In Mountain Lion And Safari 6 [OS X Tips]

Safari 6, the web browser that comes with OS X Mountain Lion, added a ton of new features when it launched a while back, and Reading List is one of the cool ones. Reading List will let you save articles without having to bookmark them, thus avoiding all the hassles of organizing and/or synchronizing bookmarks. It’s a similar system to something like Instapaper or Pocket (formerly) Read It Later, but baked right in to your Safari browser.

First, launch Safari and find an article you want to save for later. Once that web page or article is loaded fully in Safari, press Shift-Command-D on your keyboard. You can also click on the little eyeglasses icon, which will reveal the Reading list side panel. Then click on the Add Page button at the top of the column. The web page you’re saving will animate down to the upper left corner, and a little progress bar will show up behind the eyeglasses to show you the saving process.

To view the Reading List in Safari at a later date, you can press Shift-Command-L on the keyboard or click on the View menu and choose Show Reading List. Or, like above, you can click on the eyeglasses icon. Click on the Unread button at the top of this column to show only saved articles you’ve not read yet, or the All button to show all your Reading List content.

You can delete items in the Reading List column by hovering your mouse cursor over each item and clicking the gray X that appears, or you can right click on the item and select remove item. You can also get rid of all of the items with a click on the Clear All button at the top.

To enable the synchronization of Reading Lists, head to the iCloud preference pane. Open System Preferences and click on the iCloud icon to access that preference pane. If your iCloud credentials haven’t been entered, do so here. Then, click on the checkbox next to the Safari icon to turn on iCloud syncing for Reading Lists, which will allow you to read your saved web pages on any iCloud enabled device, like your iPad or iPhone.

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  • MacHead84

    I want to see “shared reading lists” much like the shared photo streams. Id like to be able to have shared stories that my friends and family can all read and comment on.

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