OS X Lion: Remove Safari’s Reading List Icon from the Bookmarks Bar

Safari’s Reading List allows users to read web pages later. If you don’t want it taking up room on the Bookmarks bar or you want it on the Toolbar because you don’t use the Bookmarks bar, here’s how to remove it.

The Reading List icon resides on Safari’s Bookmarks bar by default.

To remove the icon from the bookmarks bar:

1. Open Terminal.

2. Execute the following Terminal command:
defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar '("Top Sites")'

3. Restart Safari.

The icon will no longer be on the bookmarks bar.

To restore the icon to the bookmarks bar:

1. Open Terminal.

2. Execute the following Terminal command:
defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar '("Top Sites","Reading List")'

3. Restart Safari.

OR

You can place the icon on Safari’s toolbar.

1. Open Safari.

2. Right-click the Toobar and select Customize Toolbar.

3. Drag the Reading List icon from the Customize Toolbar window to the desired location on the Toolbar.

The Reading List button will now be located on the Toolbar.

You can also access Reading List by going to the menu bar, clicking View and selecting Show Reading List or use the keyboard combination of Shift+Command+L.

 

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  • Shelltops

    any suggestion on how to remove the reading list options from the bookmarks menu?
    thanks!

    • chucks

      > firefox

  • Guest

    Safari>Preferences>Bookmarks then unclick “Include Reading List” in the Bookmarks Bar section.  Done

  • Austin

    Thanks for the tip. Works great!

  • Katie Largent

    How can I remove the panel called “Reading List” that has somehow shown up on the left-hand side of my screen? It takes up room and I don’t want it there.

    • karen

      help I cant figure it out, the Reading list has taken over my screen on every page. How do I remove it?>

      • David Kirk

        View -> Hide Reading List

        or shift + command + L shortcut

  • chucks

    firefox

  • suzanne roll

    I have been trying your solutions for removing the annoying and unwanted reading list icon. It should not be so complicated. I feel frustrated and unhappy about this apple computer now and wish I had stayed with Microsoft.

  • Omolola Omoteso

    Thanks and God bless you, David Kirk! The panel just surfaced today; I couldn’t tolerate it and started browsing for solution. The shift + command + L worked like magic! Suzanne, simply use the command with your cursor placed on the annoying panel.