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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Google Mobilizer Bookmarklet - view just text of web pages

[Update: Jan 2018] - The original Google Mobilizer service page isn't available anymore & the term Mobilizer doesn't appear to be used by Google anymore. While the bookmarklet mentioned below still works, it redirects to the googleweblight.com domain & then transcoded. I'll further update this article later.

You can use Google Mobilizer application, when you need a mobile-friendly version of webpage. If you are on a low-bandwith Internet connection, Google Mobilizer can be used on a PC or laptop to view just the text (and optionally images).

Before you read further, you can see how this page looks with and without images after being processed by Google Mobilizer. While you're there take a good look at the URL if you want to understand the bookmarklet code that I'm going to talk about next.

This bookmarklet redirects the URL of the currently open web page to the Google Mobilizer web service which processes it to show just the text and optionally images within web pages.

To use the bookmarklet, drag & drop the following link to your Bookmarklet/Favorites bar - Mobilizer

Click on the bookmarklet while you're on a web page whose content you wish to "linearize"/reflow the text of & the bookmarklet will then redirect the URL of the currently open web page to the Google Mobilizer web service which processes it to show just the text without images.

If you need images, change the value of the noimg querystring key from 1 to 0.

As the Google Mobilizer application works by taking a querystring as an input, it can be adapted to work like a search provider in Chrome & Opera, to simplify its use.  The string to use for configuring it is -


If you assign a letter like M to this app, you can type M in the Chrome address bar/omnibox & then the type the URL you would like to see via Google Mobilizer.

Here's another problem that actually led me to write the bookmarklet. When I'm on Twitter, I don't have a good feeling about clicking URL shortened links as they don't reveal the domain name and can lead you to spam. Occasionally, I'm directed to web pages that have more ads than content. I also learnt the creepy fact that any site can find out if you are logged into social web sites.
Considering these privacy, security & readability issues I faced, I wished there was a way to open all links in a web page with Mobilizer so that I can view a minimalist, text-only version of a web page. I wrote the Google Mobilizer Bookmarklet to scratch this itch.

This Gist shows the "prettified" bookmarklet code -

To use the bookmarklet, drag & drop the following link to your Bookmarklet/Favorites bar - Mobilizer for Twitter

Once you're on a page that has a lot of links (like Twitter), click on the Mobilizer bookmarklet & it will then set a light grey background color to all hyperlinks on that page & prepend the Google Mobilizer URL to them.

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