Using Top Sites in Safari 4

Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 04:09 PM – Tips and Hints

Safari 4 is out of beta now and I hope you have downloaded it. There are several new features. The most notable is Top Sites, but to really enjoy it, you need to know how it works.

Top Sites is a curved gallery of thumbnails of the web sites you frequent the most often. When you click on one it expands to fill the screen.

If you see pages with a white star on a blue background in the upper right corner, that means those pages have changed since you last visited them. When you click on one of the “star” pages it will expand to fill the screen, but it will be slightly dimmed until it’s updated from the site. Pages will be automatically added to your Top Sites window as you visit them.

But, as always, its your Mac and you get to decide what goes where, when. You control it all with the Edit Mode. The tool you need is the “Edit” button in the bottom left corner.

Click on that button and you can do any or all of the following things.

Choose a thumbnail size: Click the appropriate button in the lower right corner.

Reposition a thumbnail: Drag a thumbnail to a new position; the others scoot out of the way to make room.

Remove a site: Click on the “X” inside the thumbnail and the thumbnail disappears from the Top Sites window. Everything else realigns.

Thumbtack a site: Click on the “thumbtack” inside the thumbnail and your thumbnail will always stay right where you put it. The button turns blue when it is set.

Force-Add sites: With Top Sites open and in Edit mode, open a second window (not a tab). In the second window, go to the site you want. Grab the little icon (favicon) in front of the URL and drag it into the Top Sites window. It will automatically be thumbtacked where you release it, but you can move it if you wish.

Personally, I really like Top Sites. Once I figured out how to use it that is.

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