Clearing Web Page Clutter in 2 Seconds With “Readability”
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. If I were, by now, I’d have no more than 10% body fat, I’d be able to do the Dwi Pada Sirsasana yoga posture, I would meditate 30 minutes every single day, I’d never ever raise my voice at my kids, I’d send birthday cards, on time… But since I’ve liberated myself of the concept of New Years’ resolutions years ago, I have accomplished none of these things.
However, clearing clutter has been a general resolution that I’ve kept up with very nicely (I’m even a little overzealous). And, should that be on your resolutions list this year, here’s a suggestion for an easy start: Clear the type of clutter that hinders web page readability (and productivity if you’re at work). The aptly named Readability tool is a browser add-on that allows you to get rid of all the “noise” on any web page at the simple click of a button. Really.
Go here to get the Readability tool (free) and to choose the settings for your preferred reading layout style (newspaper?), font size and margin width and drag the “readability” button to your browser’s bookmark toolbar et voilà. Gone are all the dancing avatars that hawk cheap insurance rates and distract from important page content. My husband loves it. He calls it Tivo for the web.
You can even do it on my site – if you absolutely have to.