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How to jump back into Twitter after a break

Q: I needed to take a mental break from Twitter last month, so I deactivated my account. Then I changed my mind and went to reactivate the account by logging back into the Android app on my phone, but it didn’t work. Is my account gone for good?

A: Twitter allows you to reactivate your account within 30 days of quitting and still retain your timeline, along with your list of followers and people you follow. However, to reactivate your account, Twitter’s help guide says you need to log into twitter.com from a computer because it does not support restarting accounts on mobile devices.

If you try to reactivate from the computer’s web browser and get a message that “account reactivation” is disabled, wait a bit and try again; Twitter may have the feature turned off temporarily during site maintenance. Ask Twitter Support for reactivation help if you are close to the 30-day deadline for reviving your account.

Once you reactivate, it may take up to 24 hours for your follow lists and other data to be fully restored to the state they were in before you quit. If more than 48 hours have passed and your account is still not what it was, contact Twitter’s support team for assistance.

If more than 30 days have gone by since you deactivated your account, the company says you cannot reactivate because the account has been permanently deleted. If that is the case, sign up for a new account and rebuild your list of followers and those you follow.

Finding the Button for Safari Reader

Q: Apple’s Safari browser used to have a Reader button on the right side of the address bar that made the web page just show the text so you could read without videos, ads, animation and other stuff getting in the way. I recently got a new Mac and don’t see this button anymore. Is it gone?

A: Apple’s Safari Reader feature for distraction-free text consumption was introduced in 2010 and is still part of the browser for the Mac. The feature is also available on the iOS version of Safari and other browsers (like Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge), and have their own reader-friendly variations or add-ons. Safari’s design has evolved over time, and in the current version of the program, the Reader button is on the left side of the address bar and represented by a small icon depicting horizontal lines of text.

Not every site on the web supports Safari Reader, so if you do not see the icon, the page most likely does not support Apple’s decluttering function. However, if the site is compatible and you click the Reader button, you now have more options than before for customizing the look of your temporarily simplified page.

After you click the icon to switch into Reader mode, the other side of Safari’s address bar shows a pair of capital “A” letters. Click this icon to personalize your view.

From the menu, you can change the text size by clicking the small or large “A” on the screen. If you do not like black text on a bright white background, change the color scheme to sepia – or switch to white text on a dark gray or black background. You can also choose from eight different fonts for your Reader text. Click back into the address bar to close the menu and click the Reader icon again to switch back to the standard web page view.

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