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TipBITS: How to Send a Full Web Page by Email

Overeager spam filters continue to obstruct the delivery of TidBITS issues—some content in last week’s issue caused Apple’s spam filters to delete it silently for many iCloud users (see “Macworld Tracks Down iCloud’s Silent Email Filtering,” 4 March 2013), and we heard from other users as well. I reported the problem to Apple, but if you were affected by this, I encourage you to complain to your ISP—your opinions as a customer carry greater weight than mine.

To the topic at hand, if you’ve missed an issue and want to get a copy into your email archive, here’s the trick. These steps work with any Web page in both macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, and likely in older versions of Apple’s operating systems as well.

  1. In Safari, while on any page on the TidBITS site, choose an issue from the Weekly Issues menu (on an iPhone, it’s accessible via the … button). You can also find all back issues on our Issues page.
  2. To the right of the issue headline, click or tap Show Full Articles, which replaces the article summaries with the full text of each article. Screenshot showing the locations of necessary links on the TidBITS site.
  3. Depending on your operating system, follow one of these steps:
    • (macOS; left) Click the Share button and choose Email This Page (or press Command-I).
    • (iOS; right) Tap the Share button and then, in the Share sheet, tap the Mail button.

      Screenshots of the macOS Share menu and iOS Share sheet.

  4. In Mail, address the message to yourself and send it.

Mail on the Mac offers a few additional options. You can set the image size to small, medium, large, or actual size, and you can choose between the actual Web page and a Reader version that reformats the page in much the same way as Safari’s Reader mode. Other options include a PDF attachment and a link, but those won’t send the contents of the page in the body of an email message.

Screenshot of the Mail options for sending Web pages.

Reader and Web Page format the message quite differently, so experiment to see which you prefer. When testing, do actually send the messages to yourself since, disconcertingly, the outgoing message in Mail sometimes cuts off images on the right side, whereas the images appeared correctly when received. Either way, the issue won’t look exactly the same as it does when we send it, but all the content will be present.

What if you prefer to use another Web browser or email client? The number of possible combinations is too large for me to say for sure, but everything I tested sent just a link to the page, rather than the page contents. (If you do use another email client on the Mac, you’ll have to switch your default email client setting back to Mail in Mail’s preferences for this trick to work.) This is one case where Apple’s apps provide more functionality than the competition.

In my research, I also ran across the EmailThis service, which works by means of a bookmarklet or extensions to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—but it failed to send the full contents of the issue. Similarly, although the Instapaper service and app can theoretically send the full text a Web page via email, it lost portions of our issue pages in testing.

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