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I'm looking for a way to browse the web without the distraction of colours and images. Most of the time, I like colours and images in web sites but there are occasions when I just want to get to the information without all the glare.

Have any of you found a browser or browser-configuration that you use to display text only?


  • Kind of like Lynx but not a console application.
  • Must work on Windows.
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The Readability bookmarklet may be just what you're looking for.

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+1 That looked very promising. Although, it seems to strip out a lot of text as well... – grenade Sep 15 '09 at 13:14
It is a bit hit or miss. I think it's designed mainly for sites where you're reading an article, and there's a lot of superfluous stuff in sidebars, etc. In those cases, it works great. – tnorthcutt Sep 15 '09 at 17:56

For those with Opera:

View -> Images -> No Images
View -> Styles -> User Mode (to disable CSS) or 
                  one of the various presets (e.g., High Contrast)

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If you use Firefox, you can apply your own CSS styles to all websites using the userContent.css file in the chrome folder in your profile folder.

You could add the rule:

* {background-color: white !important; color: black !important;}

Which would make everything apart from images (and maybe a few other things like borders, which could always be added to the rule) black on white. Then you could turn images off in the Content section of Firefox's Options/Preferences.

You could also Google CSS Reset for inspiration for more rules (you'll need to add !important to any rules as above to override the site's CSS).

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With Firefox you can reduce a lot of stuff using just two addons, and still retain most of the browsing experience:

Adblock Plus

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These addons allow you to selectively activate full access quickly, and block a lot of images and embedded content that you wish to skip.

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Web Developer 1.1.8 for firefox

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To elaborate on martani_net's answer, you can use Web Developer to disable CSS entirely or change to your own definitions. – JYelton Sep 15 '09 at 22:54

you can use the web developer toolbar on firefox to do it page by page, but i think you want to do it for all pages, so it might not be the best option.

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