Safari’s reading list on Mac makes it easy to save webpages or articles you may want to revisit or read later.
These webpages are synced to your iCloud and you can open them from any Apple device when you log in to your account. However, all these saved pages may take up a chunk of space and slow down your device.
So, if you would like to clear your Safari reading list on Mac to give your device some room, then read this article to the end as we have covered the topic extensively.
How to Delete Safari Reading List on Mac (Monterey)
Follow the guidelines below to delete the Safari reading list if your device runs on macOS Monterey, the latest operating system for Macintosh computers. One thing you should consider before taking this action is that, once you delete a webpage on Mac, it will be deleted across all your devices. But if you don’t mind, then let’s get started.
1. Open Safari Web Browser
Click on the Safari browser icon to open the web browser. If it is not on your dock, look for it in the Launchpad.
2. Click View
Click on View at the top menu bar of the browser. A drop-down menu will appear.
3. Select Show Reading List Sidebar
On the drop-down menu, select Show Reading List Sidebar. Or you can just use the keyboard shortcut command + ^ + 2 to go straight to the Reading List sidebar.
4. Delete Reading List Entries
When the list opens, you can look through it to decide which entry to delete,
Two-finger swipe right to left on an entry using your trackpad then click the Remove option to delete it.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the option and select remove to clear it.
If you want to delete all your web pages at once, right-click on any area in the Reading List sidebar. Then select Clear all Items on the menu that will appear. The list will be wiped clean and you can accumulate a new collection of web pages.
Deleting MacBook Pro’s Reading List (macOS Big Sur)
You have to take a slightly different approach to delete Safari’s reading on macOS Big Sur, the version before macOS Monterey. Don’t worry, it will be simple and easy to follow.
1. Open Safari Web Browser
Click on the Safari browser icon to open the browser.
2. Find The Reading List
When the browser is open, look for the Reading List. You can find it close to the bottom of the start page or beneath the Favorites icon..
3. Remove Individual entry
Right-click on the website you want to delete, and a menu will appear. Click on Remove Item at the bottom of the menu and remove that webpage.
However, if you want to remove every entry simultaneously, follow the same steps as with the macOS Monterey. (right-click on any area in the Reading List sidebar. Then select Clear all Items on the menu that will appear)
How to Hide the Reading List Side Panel on MacBook Pro
Sometimes, you just want to keep your reading list without doing away with it. In this case, you may simply hide the reading list. Doing this can also save you some space. To hide the list on your Mac, click once on the Hide/Show Sidebar button on the top left of the Safari window.
Another way you can achieve this is to Open Safari > Click on the View label > Select the Hide Reading List Sidebar.
How to Edit Reading List on Mac
If you find it difficult to locate older web pages on your Safari reading list, then you may want to edit the reading list to make some of the websites appear at the top. To edit your reading list on Mac,
- Open Safari browser
- Click on the Reading list
- Click on the Edit button found at the bottom left-hand corner.
- Drag and move web pages by clicking and holding the Drag icon next to individual web links.
- When you finish arranging them, click Done.
Deleting your Safari reading list may be the best decision if your list is overcrowded or if it’s making your device respond slowly. Fortunately, the steps are easy to follow so you can do it at any time you deem fit. Please don’t fail to update us in the comment section when you successfully delete your reading list.