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How do I remove an item from my reading list?

First asked 2418 days ago

People already have proposed this multiple times. Perhaps I didn't find it, but I'm still missing the "delete" button...

posted by Jan
Resolved with Instruction from the Developer:

On the iPhone:

When you are inside the app, you can remove things one of four ways:

1. While viewing the article, tap the checkmark in the bottom left corner.

2. While viewing the article, tap the title to bring up the edit window. Then tap 'mark as read'.

3. While viewing your list, swipe across the item, which will reveal the swipe menu. Click the checkmark. Then click 'mark as read' at the bottom corner.

4. While viewing your list, tap the title 'Reading List' to set your list in edit mode. Tap the checkmarks on any items you wish to remove and tap 'Mark as read'.


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In Firefox:

Here are a few ways you can remove an item from your list in Firefox:

1. Open the page and then click the red checkmark in the location bar

2. Open your reading list, locate the item you want to remove and click the red checkmark.


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On readitlaterlist.com:

1. Find the item in your list and click the red checkmark.

  • alan

    How about a delete button so the drop down list can be edited? Right-click mouse doesn't offer delete, and it would be convenient to have something that will allow a delete (or even a rename) so you don't have to bring up the page itself to change the list. Otherwise, it's a great program. Thanks/AT

    Posted Aug 3 08 reply
  • Nate

    @Alan

    I might be misunderstanding the question, but you can 'delete' items from the list view by simply marking them as read (using the red checkmark). If that's not what you meant, please let me know.

    Renaming/Editing might be introduced in an upcoming version.

    Posted Aug 3 08 reply
    • allan herman

      I went to the home page of read it later and tried to sign in and it tells me that my e-mail cannot be found and yes I am not sure how I have that many read read it later last time I looked I had 4 or 5 pages now 15

      Posted Oct 1 09 reply
  • Ra-v

    I clicked Install link on this page as 'Read This Link Later' and now I can't mark this as read. How I can mark as read?

    Posted Aug 17 08 reply
  • Nate

    @Ra-v

    If you open your reading list (Click the dropdown next to the book icon), you should see the item in your reading list. Simply uncheck the checkmark next to the item and close your list.

    Posted Aug 18 08 reply
  • Javier

    How can i erase the read it links, that i dont't interested?? Thank you

    Posted Sep 19 08 reply
  • Eden7c

    I fell upon bad links (Filtered by websense at my cie...) what would be useful would be a way to mark as read (erase) bad links.

    Other than that real great add-on.

    Posted Sep 22 08 reply
  • Barry Rabichow

    Great addon for Firefox but it would be nice if, after one has read a saved page, you could remove that page from the list. Any plans on adding "remove from list" in an upcoming release?

    Posted Sep 25 08 reply
  • amy leavitt

    I cannot figure out how to Delete items from my Read list. Please kindly advise.
    Much obliged,
    Amy

    Posted Nov 9 08 reply
  • Nate

    On the iPhone:

    When you are inside the app, you can remove things one of four ways:

    1. While viewing the article, tap the checkmark in the bottom left corner.

    2. While viewing the article, tap the title to bring up the edit window. Then tap 'mark as read'.

    3. While viewing your list, swipe across the item, which will reveal the swipe menu. Click the checkmark. Then click 'mark as read' at the bottom corner.

    4. While viewing your list, tap the title 'Reading List' to set your list in edit mode. Tap the checkmarks on any items you wish to remove and tap 'Mark as read'.


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    In Firefox:

    Here are a few ways you can remove an item from your list in Firefox:

    1. Open the page and then click the red checkmark in the location bar

    2. Open your reading list, locate the item you want to remove and click the red checkmark.


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    On readitlaterlist.com:

    1. Find the item in your list and click the red checkmark.

    Posted Nov 10 08 reply
  • cumulo1q

    Need faster/easier way to edit (delete)items

    Posted Nov 19 08 reply
  • Sandy Beach

    how do i remove items from the list?

    Posted Nov 24 08 reply
  • cj

    Great program, but suggest your help file makes it more obvious how to delete reading list entries.

    Posted Nov 26 08 reply
  • confused

    How can I delete an item from my long "read it later" list after I read it. It is still sitting there. You have to have a delete button somewhere but I can't find it.

    Posted Dec 6 08 reply
  • rengerve

    from the "Read it later" FireFow plugin, please when clicking on the link, add a suggestion, send directly to the form to make the suggestion

    Posted Jan 9 09 reply
  • rengerve

    I would like to be able to delete a read it later item. I did it for test and i don't want to spoil the other valuable read it items. Also, when really dealt with and possibly bookmarked as valuable link. I don't want it to be in my list. I don't ask the bookmark feature to automatically remove it, even if it would be awesome but at least to be able to do it manually: remove a read it later item.

    Jord

    Posted Jan 9 09 reply
  • John

    How do i delete old read items?????????

    Posted Jan 9 09 reply
  • BUDDY

    Maybe I am just getting old and do not understand everything. I love being able to save an article/page to read later, but when I am done I cannot figure out how to delete it from the list.
    Perhaps a quick options to delete read or unwanted pages.

    Thanks,

    BUDDY

    Posted Jan 9 09 reply
  • LeighArias

    I love this application, but how do I delete/remove a saved page when I'm finished with it?

    Posted Jan 10 09 reply
  • Vaughan

    Sorry to be a fool.....

    But I can't delete items either. I've followed the advice above, but the items keep coming back......... No way to simply add "DELETE" to the right-click options?

    Posted Jan 23 09 Version: 0.9929 Browser: Firefox 3.0 reply
    • Nate

      Hey Vaughan

      If the items are not being removed from your list, it sounds like something else is going on.

      In Firefox, open the Error Console (Under Tools -> Error Console -> Errors Tab).

      Then clear the list of errors if any are in there.

      Then go try to remove one of the stubborn items.

      Look back in the error console, does anything appear?

      Posted Jan 25 09 reply
  • Bystander

    Agree 100% with other posters. There needs to be a delete button! Oddly, on the iPod Touch, on Safari, when one unchecks an item, the choice is to "Save"!! That button should say "Delete", right??!!

    It'd be great if you would use Apple's standard method of swipe left on an item and delete button appears!

    That would reduce much initial frustration. Otherwise, nice app which I'm comparing to Instapaper.

    Posted Apr 15 09 reply
  • tom

    Where is the delete button for read items?

    Posted Apr 18 09 Browser: Firefox 3.1 reply
  • Bystander

    On the iPhone, iPod Touch, it's the red checkmark! If you tap on it, you are prompted to "Save" the article. It really is supposed to say "Delete"!!

    Posted Apr 19 09 reply
  • Zac

    I've been playing with the app and love the concept too. I think there is confusion between deleting something from the list, and having it removed from the RSS feed also. Because the RSS feed is add-once-permanently as a running feed, people are not seeing their items deleted even though they have been deleted from the list. If you could have the RSS page updated to reflect the current state of the list, that would be very useful-- because who wants to save or share a page of links that is not up-to-date? Perhaps you could enable an option to save a permanent listing of all links, but the nature of the app suggests that the RSS page should represent the current state of the list at all times.    Private comment hidden

    Posted Jun 20 09 Browser: Firefox 3.0 reply
  • Nate

    Hey Zac

    Which RSS feed are you using? There are three feeds, 'unread', 'read', and 'all'. If you are using the 'all' feed, it will show you both read and unread items. If you'd like the item to be removed from the feed as you read it, you'll need to use the 'unread' feed.

    Hope that helps!

    Posted Jun 21 09 reply
  • Kym

    This may be an overly simplified suggestion, but it would put an end to this topic's continued confusion:

    I am sure the red check mark (which matches the one found in the URL bar) makes sense to the developer, but it is counter-intuitive to the end user. An "X" universally stands for stop, remove, delete... Perhaps on the RIL drop-down list the red check mark should be displayed as an "X", but keep the same functionality.

    Posted Jul 5 09 Version: 0.9946 Browser: Firefox 3.0 reply
  • Howard Brazee

    I finally found this page. I could not figure out how to get rid of this web page that I put aside to read later. I though tit would go away when I read it later, and when it didn't I searched for some setting that I needed to change.

    Posted Aug 20 09 reply
  • Gin

    Uhm. Please help. I want RIL in my Chrome. Really, Really. But I can't understand a thing about the API. I've already created an account for it, and also for RIL bookmarklets, and it says, "Drag the following to your toolbar". Which toolbar? In Chrome? In what part? Heeeeelp!

    Posted Sep 2 09 Browser: Firefox 3.5 reply
  • nicholas

    Is there SOME way to delete the items, that I have REMOVED from the list by unchecking them, they are not currently in my reading list, but I now see that they are in some READ LIST, meaning I have unchecked them, but they remain somewhere,. I want thing TOTALLY deleted when I am done with them, how do I do that?

    Posted Dec 17 09 Version: .9 Browser: Firefox 3.5 reply
  • Armin

    The two ways for removing described earlier worked perfectly well in the previous version of the Firefox add-on. But the recent update has caused some problems. You said:

    1. Open the page and then click the red checkmark in the location bar

    2. Open your reading list, locate the item you want to remove and uncheck the red checkmark (it will turn empty). Close your list.

    Unchecking the bookmark now only establishes that the red bookmark becomes empty. The page doesn't actually disappear from the read it later bookmark folder. It does disappear from the read it later drop down menu on the right of Firefox. But I prefer using the Firefox bookmark menu to scroll through my read it later pages. That's why it's very inconvenient that unchecking doesn't also mean 'remove from bookmarks' anymore. No I have to first uncheck, then also remove the bookmark! Am I doing something wrong?

    Posted Dec 17 09 Version: 2.0.1 Browser: Firefox 3.5 reply
    • Nate

      Hey Armin

      Your items are no longer stored in Firefox's bookmarks. Your old folder is still there as 2.0 won't delete it but it no longer updates that folder.

      After marking an item as read you should no longer see it in your reading list using the standard reading list view dropdown or sidebar.

      There is more about that here:
      http://www.ideashower.com/support/read-it-later/20-syncing-and-bookmarks/

      Posted Dec 18 09 reply
  • Armin

    Thanks a lot for the info, Nate. I think I'll downgrade to 0.9. I loved that bookmark feature.

    Posted Dec 18 09 reply
  • JC

    delete button please.. it would be more convenient for users than opening a page and deleting them.. good for mass deleting though. but still it's a hassle if your just gonna delete one item.

    Posted Jan 5 10 Browser: Firefox 3.5 reply
  • cdnbri

    The two ways for removing described earlier worked perfectly well in the previous version of the Firefox add-on. But the recent update has caused some problems. You said:

    1. Open the page and then click the red checkmark in the location bar

    2. Open your reading list, locate the item you want to remove and uncheck the red checkmark (it will turn empty). Close your list.

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    I can't find the checkmark on my location bar. Help.




    Posted Feb 13 10 reply
  • Chris

    Delete and mark as read are not the same thing. I want to publish my read items, but want to omit some items by deleting them (rather than marking as read).

    I can do this on the iphone: in list view, swipe the title, hit the pencil, hit delete (at bottom) tap save... but this is too many key/thumbstrokes... i popped over to the web interface, thinking surely there must be a way to do this easier, but no avail. Seems this thread has been going on for years now ;) maybe it's time to add a delete button too?    Private comment hidden

    Posted Mar 13 10 Browser: Chrome reply
  • Neil

    Agree 101% with Chris - a single click delete option, both on iPhone and web interface .. PLEASE!!! ;)

    Posted Mar 25 10 Version: latest .. Browser: Chrome reply
  • Anne

    Why isn't there a delete all option? It's MADDENING.

    Posted Apr 25 10 reply
  • Arun

    yeh, please add wipe out / delete all. I just want to trash my list now & start over.

    Posted May 30 10 reply
  • Peter

    If you sign out by going to OPTIONS > LOGOUT, then your files will be deleted.

    Posted Jun 29 10 reply
  • Paula.lpo

    I know this sounds crazy, but I want to uninstall Read It Later on just one of my computers. But "Read It Later" is not a name of a program on the list of programs on that computer. Is it some other program name on the hd?

    Posted Oct 2 10 Version: ---?--- Browser: Firefox 3.5 reply
    • Doug

      Go to Firefox, click "Tools" then "Add-ons", select "Read It Later" and choose to Uninstall.

      Posted Jan 5 11 reply
  • M.S.B.

    I want to state this as clear as I can:

    When I read a link that is in my "unread list", I want it to disappear completely.

    I don't want it to be moved to an "already read" list.

    This should be an option in the settings (something like "delete links when read")

    Also, there should be a way to delete permanently individual files in both the "unread" and "already read" lists -- a "delete forever" button next to the red check mark perhaps.

    Until this is available, i am uncomfortable using Read-It-Later. Otherwise, I love the extension.

    Thanks.

    Posted Oct 25 10 Version: Read It Later 2.0.6 Browser: Firefox 3.6 reply
  • Malcolm Collacott

    Hello. I'm loving your app but I also think it needs a quick delete button. On the unread page.

    The way I browse is by clicking on the link and loading them in tabs in the background. One that page loads I have no use for the link in the unread tab. So I would like to delete all links in the page in one hit.

    Or if I click a link in the unread tab that it automatically goes to the read page where I can then mass delete.

    Thanks

    Malcolm

    Posted Nov 9 10 Browser: Safari reply
  • June

    One more vote for a delete button! PLEASE!

    Posted Dec 30 10 Browser: Safari reply
  • Doug

    I agree with the posters who are asking for a "Delete" option. The "Mark as Read" option acts as a "Soft Delete"....but there should be an easy way to mark single (and multiple) messages as "Hard Delete" (IE, actually DELETE them).

    Posted Jan 5 11 reply
  • rbarr47

    OK I read all of this and still dont see the answer to this question:
    DO I HAVE TO DELETE FROM EACH DEVICE?
    I can delete from iphone, I can delete from ipad, I can delete from Firefox, but cant i just delete from one place and have the item dissappear from all devices?


       Private comment hidden

    Posted Jan 5 11 reply
  • Christophe

    I totally agree with the last posters. You've been answering the question "How do I move an item to the Read Archive" whereas we are asking the question "How do I delete an item completely?". For a heavy reader like me, the Read Archive is getting filled with tons of articles which I am no longer interested in, and which are eating valuable resources.

    I wish there was a red 'Delete (do not archive)' button next to the blue 'Mark as Read' button at the bottom of the Edit list, to delete "checked" items completely (on the iTouch). Or a "delete links when read" user Option, as was suggested before. This could even be a "Pro" option, that would make me upgrade! ;-)

    Anyway, thanks for the great App!

    Posted Jan 5 11 Version: 2.3.1 reply
  • Fredrik Dahlgren

    I agree with Christophe. I'm using the read archive as an archive for articles that I may like to go back to sometime. Being able to (completely) delete broken or partial articles or uninteresting articles would be very useful for me.

    Posted Jan 10 11 Version: latest Browser: Firefox 3.6 reply
  • Jim

    I must have somehow left the "Click to Save" mode on because my reading list is 34 pages! Is there a Delete All option? I tried logging out, as someone seemed to suggest, but that didn't work. Thanks.

    Posted Jan 14 11 Version: Latest Firefoc extension Browser: Firefox 3.6 reply
  • Larry

    Great App.

    I think the question is more about statuses of items.

    Unread
    Read
    Archived - new status
    and deleted (not really a status)

    The use case is
    I add to my list for later reading
    I read it, it's good and I want to save it for later reference
    Currently, it gets labeled as "read" and saved on my "read list"
    But that's messy cause it has all my other "read" items. I have to manually delete the ones I no longer want and have a hard time finding the item I want reference.

    A possible solution is to label the item as "archived"
    This is a separate list/status. It's separate from those I've already read and no longer want,
    Then the read list can be cleared out by expiration date of say 30 days or mass delete by user.
    The archive list would live on.

    Great app. It's really helping my reading productivity.

    Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss.
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    Posted Jan 15 11 Version: latest iphone/chrome Browser: Chrome reply
  • thomas

    Hello, I would also like the "Delete" functionallity - the problem I'm having is that a lot of the links I add are shortened (bit.ly etc) - so when i go to the site to the "READ" list I have to open them all over again to even know which article is which, and to decide whether or not to delete something.

    It does work, but it takes a lot of time.

    So I agree with Christophe, and some other people +> Please add a delete button. To the site as well to the iphone app.

    Posted Jan 16 11 Version: website, iphone pro vversion Browser: Chrome reply
  • Michael

    Here's how I have found to delete items.

    After reading a article, I tap the check mark to mark the article as read, and the article is moved to the 'Read Archive'.

    Then from the archive, I swipe any article title, and one of the options is a trash can icon. I tap that, and then I am able to quickly tap a trash can icon for each individual article. Finally, I tap the delete button at the bottom of the archive list. Unfortunately, this appears to do nothing. However, if I do this swipe and delete procedure twice, it will work and finally delete the list of articles. Very ackward.

    I prefer this app to Instapaper, except for this one issue. In Instapaper, there is an option to delete articles when read, instead of archiving.

    Posted Jan 18 11 Version: 2.3.1 reply
  • Dean Morrison

    Better DELETE options please

    Posted Jan 28 11 Browser: Firefox 3.6 reply
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