There’s no need to give up in disbelief or make a hasty subscription purchase if you come upon a block of fuzzy writing while browsing. One of the solutions listed below will help you unblur the text so you can decide whether you actually want to subscribe to the content.
Why Are Websites’ Contents Blurred?
In order to keep their content only available to members and paying subscribers, websites frequently conceal their text. Some websites that mask material do not demand that you subscribe in order to read it.
Some only ask for your email address or for you to sign up for a free trial or membership. Others provide you with a brief window of content browsing before the barrier appears.
Unblurring Text on A Website
Knowing how to preview hidden text is helpful if you need a little more time or sample content to help you decide before you sign up or pay for a membership.
1. To View Hidden Text, Use Google Translate as A Proxy
Unblurring text on a website is possible with the help of Google Translate. Use it to view a web page’s complete translated version if the content is fuzzy. This is how:
- Open the web page containing the text you wish to restore from blur.
- the URL for the page.
- Enter the URL in the left-hand box of Google Translate.
- The URL that appears in the right-hand box should be clicked. (To read the material in a language other than English, select a language from the list above this box, and then click the URL after it has been updated.)
A new tab with an unblurred version of the website should be opened for you.
2. Access an Image Using the Internet Archive
Anyone can store and search versions of web pages using the Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive. Additionally, the utility archives cached pages and web crawls. If there are any stored copies of a paywalled article, use it to search for them.
- Take note of the page’s URL where the content that you want to see is obscured.
- To see if the page has been archived, visit Internet Archive and paste the URL into the Wayback Machine search box.
- The page version you want to view should be chosen. Choose the most recent archived version depending on the date and time for the most recent content. On the calendar, available archived versions are shown in blue circles.
- You ought to be taken to the archived version of the page you choose, where you can view the hazy content.
3. Access the Page via A Google Search
In order to increase traffic, several websites that charge subscribers for access to premium material also allow free users to view the entire page of the link they clicked. When using this strategy, you are only able to read the content of the URL you clicked on; otherwise, a paywall will appear the further you navigate around the website. Here’s how to get around this limitation:
You can examine the obscured text by copying the page’s title and pasting it into Google Search. You can see the page title by hovering your cursor above the page tab. If the page title cannot be highlighted and copied, manually input it.
- Put the website name at the end or beginning of your search term for more precise results.
- To unblur a page, click on the search result that has the same page URL.
- You should now be able to access the entire page.
4. Use the Inspect Element to View Blurred Content
In all desktop web browsers, the Inspect or Inspect Element functionality is accessible. Simply right-click the page you wish to inspect, and the right-click menu should display “Inspect” or “Inspect Element.”
- Right-click wherever on the page you want to remove the blur, then choose “Inspect” or “Inspect Element.” Your browser window should automatically display the Inspect section to the right or at the bottom.
- Decide which line of code deals with the hidden stuff. Make sure to choose the parent element, which is the one that contains all the smaller components that make up the blocker. We’re looking for a line that begins “aside class=”Paywall” on the page we’ve selected.
- Once you’ve located the right line, use the context menu to right-click it and select “Delete element.” This removes the page’s blocker element.
- You must change the code beginning with “body” in the next line. Look for the code style=”overflow: hidden;” in that line.
- “Edit attribute” can be chosen by performing a right-click on this sample. Hit the Enter key after changing the attribute value from “hidden” to “visible”.
- The content that is obscured by the blocker can now be seen thanks to this action.
A Few Points to Consider
If you don’t first enable the use of developer tools in some browsers, you might not be able to see the Inspect tool. To see if these tools are operational, look for a “Develop” option or something comparable.
Additionally, each website has a unique name for the blocker and blurred content parts on the page. There’s a chance the style attribute won’t always appear as “overflow.” It can show up as “filter: blur,” “visibility: hidden,” or another symbol. Finding the pertinent code fragments you need to change or remove will need a little amount of trial and error. Refresh the page to start over if you make a mistake.