Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
by Joe Kissell

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Send Web Links to Others

I just read this fantastic article on the Web, and I want my friend to read it too. So I need to send the URL. The old-fashioned way would have been to go to my browser’s address bar, select the URL, copy it, open my email program, paste it, address it to my friend, and click Send. That may have been fine for 2004 (and yes, it still works), but there are now quite a few ways to deliver a URL to someone else that require far fewer steps.

Almost every browser on every platform has a way to do this with just a couple of clicks or taps, and the biggest decision you’ll have to make is which delivery mechanism to use. My personal preferences are:

Safari for OS X

With a Web page open, click the Share button and choose a destination .

**①** Safari’s Share menu offers many destinations for shared links.
Safari’s Share menu offers many destinations for shared links.

Fill in the recipient and any additional information that’s requested. Along with email, Messages, and Twitter, the menu lets you send URLs via AirDrop, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more—and third-party apps can add their own.

Google Chrome and Firefox for OS X

Chrome and Firefox don’t offer much in the way of sharing options, but you can choose File > Email Page Location (Chrome) or File > Email Link (Firefox) to send a link by email—or look for third-party extensions that let you quickly send links to other destinations.

iOS Browsers

In any iOS browser that supports Share sheets (including Google Chrome and Opera Mini), you can do the following:

  1. Tap the Share icon, if you see one. Otherwise, look for a Share command.
  2. Tap a destination in the Share sheet that appears . (If the destination you’re looking for isn’t there, try swiping the icons toward the left.)
**②** Safari’s Share sheet contains icons for numerous destinations. Swipe to the left in each row to see more options.
Safari’s Share sheet contains icons for numerous destinations. Swipe to the left in each row to see more options.

Some iOS browsers don’t use the Share sheet but have a similar method of their own. For instance, in iCab Mobile, tap the Share icon > Sharing and then tap a command, such as Send URL by Mail.

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