A Couple (or 3) Safari Tips

Monday, June 9, 2008, 08:43 PM – Tips and Hints

If you use the internet much you might like to use Tabs if you are not already doing so. Tabs in Safari allow you to go to a new web page while preserving the one you just left. This is great if you are doing research or shopping. You can set tabs for as many pages as you like at once. With tabbed pages, you simply switch back and forth between pages as often as you wish.

To create a tabbed page in Safari, select New Tab from the File menu. If you are going to use tabs frequently you should probably take a few moments to set the preferences for tabs. To do so, select Safari > Preferences > Tabs.

You will see that you have several keyboard options for using tabs. I find that it is important to put a check in the box next to “Confirm when closing multiple pages” because I have a tendency to try and close a tabbed page when I am through with it, forgetting that by doing so I am actually closing all of Safari. The message that I get when I try that reminds me that I probably don’t want to do it.

Here is tip #2. When you use Safari’s search bar — that is the wonderful little search field in the upper right corner when you have Safari open, the search results will replace whatever page you have open. But, if you want the search to open in a new tabbed window, just press and hold down the Command key before you hit the Return key that starts the Google search and the results will open in a new tabbed window.

Here is a third Safari tip. If you want to email someone the URL (web address) for an internet web page, just hit Command + Shift + i. Doing so will launch your email program, put the link in a blank email message, and all you have to do is put in the address and any other information you want to add.



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