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Reader: any way to increase the width?

1494 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2013 2:02 PM by Plammer RSS
Argelius Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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Jun 19, 2012 5:14 PM

I love Safari's Reader function...I just wish it took up a wider portion of the screen.   Currently, the text itself, not including the margins of the "paper", takes up less than 50% of the screen width.


I know the answer is NO, but thought I'd ask anyway...

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jun 20, 2012 9:42 AM (in response to Argelius)

    This was a little time consuming but not too difficult. Unless somebody knows of a better way you might like to try the following.


    1. Go to /Applications/ with 'Go To Folder' - on Finder Go menu
    2. Put alias of Resources folder onto Desktop - highlight / cmd L and then drag
    3. Close Contents folder
    4. Double click alias and highlight Reader.html then hit cmd D to duplicate it as a backup
    5. Open original Reader.html with Safari and 'View as source'
    6. Select all (cmd A) and copy / paste into new TextEdit document
    7. Quit from Safari
    8. Copy and paste the following onto new lines just before </style>


    /* The following modification increases width by 300px. */
    #container { margin-left: -581px; width: 1162px }
    #drop-shadow { width: 1100px }
    #article { width: 1119px }
    .article-fade { width: 1100px }
    .page { width: 958px }


    1. Save to Desktop as Reader.html
    2. Option drag Desktop version of Reader.html onto alias to replace original
    3. Start Safari and test


    Good luck.

  • Mateus109 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 12:47 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Unfortunately the above does not seem an option in Safari 6.


    Anyone know of another solution?  It really would be nice to be able to expand the width of Reader, especially in fullscreen mode.

  • Mateus109 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to Argelius)

    Brilliant, that's perfect!  Cheers

  • Germanotta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 12:51 AM (in response to Argelius)

    CustomReader is utterly awesome! Thanks

  • meiti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 7:54 PM (in response to Argelius)

    tinyurl mentioned by Argelius refers to CustomReader for Safari, which is an awesome extension

  • wotan07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 2:01 PM (in response to Mateus109)

    The above works perfectly on Safari 6.0.x with the following tweaking:


    1. The file in question was changed of location when safari was upgraded. It's new path is:

        /System/Library/StagedFrameworks/Safari/Safari.framework/Versions/A/Resources/R eader.html


    2. Adding the changes just before the style declaration closes works because it will overwrite the defaults that are     set previously in the file but more elegantly you can actually find those tags mentioned and manually replace         the values yourself.


    3. It won't suffice to refresh the window for the changes to take effect. You want to kill the thread and reopen it.         You don't have to quit and reopen safari, it's enough to close the tab and open it again and you'll be set





    PS: I actually grew it 600px and it looks beautiful in my 27 inch screen

  • Plammer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to wotan07)

    Thanks, Neville Hillyer and Wotan07. Works great, and I use Neville´s original number values on my 27" screen, they´re just perfect.


    I did not need any juggling with aliases.


    This is definitely better than CustomReader II, nearer to a real book. I just hope Apple´s updates on Safari do not destroy my mods.


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