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Take Control of Safari 5
Become a Web-browsing wizard by learning all that Safari can do for you.
Go beyond basic Web browsing in Safari 5 with this definitive guide from Mac expert Sharon Zardetto! You'll find detailed coverage of new Safari 5 features like support for extensions and the Reader. You'll get essential advice on smart ways to customize your Safari environment, and learn key browsing techniques, including how to keep track of where you've been, load multiple Web pages at once, search both the Web and the content of pages you're reading, fill out forms automatically, keep track of passwords, download files, use RSS to keep up with your favorite Web sites, and manage your Web-browsing history.
Compatibility? If you are running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard, this "Safari 5" ebook is the right one for you. Safari 6 runs on 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, and you can read all about it in Take Control of Safari 6. For more compatibility info, look on the FAQ tab, on this page.
Read this book to learn answers to questions like these:
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About the Author
Sharon Zardetto has been writing about the Macintosh professionally since 1984, including nearly a thousand articles in Macintosh magazines and over 20 books. She's best known for writing several editions of The Macintosh Bible, along with The Mac Almanac.
Table of Contents
Read Me First
This book shows you how to make the most of Safari 5, a deceptively powerful Web browser with features you may have never even tried. The book was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst with an assist from Michael E. Cohen, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Why do you need a book about Safari? You’ve been using Safari for what seems like eons, and you’re doing just fine.
But you don’t have to settle for “fine.” In all likelihood, Safari does far more than you’ve been asking it to, and those things you have been doing with it you can do more quickly, elegantly, and efficiently when you know Safari’s ins and outs. I can vouch for that because when Safari 4’s beta version was released, I vowed to finally, finally, explore Safari thoroughly, in order to find the best way to organize bookmarks, give it another chance as an RSS reader, learn about tab options instead of using them in the most obvious way—oh, and deal with the pesky issue of having dismissed the offer to save a password for a site and never again being asked to do so.
So, when Safari 5 was released, practically under the radar because of the contemporaneous release of the iPhone 4, I was all set to probe the existing features for subtle changes, as well as explore the major new ones (Reader and Safari extensions).
Because I’ve devoted so much time to this, you don’t have to! You won’t have to learn bits and pieces from various sources, experiment on your own, or click your way through the not-exceptionally-helpful Help system to put together disconnected tidbits of information.
Whether you have been using Safari 5 for a while or are about to upgrade to it, this book is for you. No matter how you use Safari—for lightweight general surfing, or middleweight targeted browsing with (a probably disorganized pile of) bookmarks—this book will take you to the heavyweight division, with toned tabs, a buffed bookmarks bar, ad-free main-article reading, total control over RSS feeds, and more.
The material in this book is the least linear of any Mac book I’ve ever written: there are few interdependencies among the topics, so you can start with any one that piques your interest or is likely to answer the burning questions you have about using Safari—whether they’re of longstanding duration or specifically about Safari 5. Luckily, ebook links lend themselves to just that sort of approach!
On the other hand, if you don’t want to accidentally miss anything, just follow the advice given to Alice: “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
Set your Safari preferences. Its various preference panes are covered in their topic areas, such as:
You know the basics, but you can learn their details in:
See how you can read an “article” without ads distracting you or having to click from one page to the next when it’s split across several pages in Tune Out Page Clutter with Reader.
Juggle multiple sites with finesse by learning how to Handle Multiple Pages with Window Tabs.
Read about the differences in the ways your previously visited Web sites are stored automatically or manually in Go Back to Where You’ve Been. Explore the details for each of the methods in Manage Your Top Sites, Set Up and Use Bookmarks, and Retrace Your Steps through History.
Protect your privacy: Store and Edit Your Passwords, and learn about Stealth Browsing and how to Erase Your Tracks with the Reset Command.
Optimize your search techniques in various areas with:
As happened with Safari 4, many of Safari 5’s new features are background improvements—such as increased page-loading speed—that can enhance your browsing experience but don’t require any action (or learning) on your part. And, from a user’s point of view, Safari 5 is so similar to its predecessor that you can transition to it with neither fuss nor muss.
Yet Safari 5 does offer new features that, if not revolutionary, are evolutionary in Safari’s development.
What’s “new”? Sometimes “new” is in the eye of the user. The features described here were introduced in Safari 5, but some (notably absent: Reader and Extensions) were also added to the Safari 4.1 update, released at the same time as Safari 5 for users of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. So, if you worked with Safari 4.1 before moving to Safari 5, some items won’t be entirely new to you. In some places in this book, when I say “new in Safari 5,” the feature may also have been incorporated into Safari 4.1.
The main new features in Safari 5 are:
Safari 5 has many small improvements, some of which are subtle and therefore all the more pleasant to run across, such as:
The last edition of this book was all about Safari 4, and now here we are in Safari 5. So, of course, all the links in What’s New in Safari 5 (the previous topic) point you to new material.
But this edition is almost 50 percent bigger not just because of the new-feature coverage, but also because I’ve expanded some topics considerably, and added some that weren’t in the previous version:
When there are many ways to do something: There are many ways to do the same (or very similar) things in Safari, whether it’s creating tabs or scrolling the window contents. I’ve added some new information and tables to cover multi-option procedures so you can more easily see the choices and decide what works best for you:
Table 3: Keyboard Shortcuts for Moving between Windows, Tabs, and Recent Pages
Scroll the Safari Window
Appendix B: Trackpad Gestures in Safari On a related issue, many items hide amazing multi-purpose functionality, as proved by Use the Back and Forward Buttons and Menus and Tabs, Tabs, Everywhere.
More about preferences: So many preferences, so little time! Sometimes it’s easier for someone to walk you through what’s-probably-best-for-you preference settings and then you can tweak them later to match your needs. I’ve expanded Set Your RSS Preferences and Define Your History Range with more info, and I’ve added Set Your Tab Preferences and Set Your Bookmark Preferences.
Safari 5 works with 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. If you are using 10.4 Tiger, I recommend that you look for help not in this ebook, but instead in Take Control of Safari 4. Safari 4 is compatible with Tiger.
Good question! This ebook covers Safari 5.0. Safari 5.1—which runs on 10.6 Snow Leopard but not on 10.5 Leopard—introduced a few features, including the Reading List, a different interface for working with downloads, and compatibility with Lion's full-screen mode and some Lion gestures. (If you are running Lion, if possible, you should upgrade to Safari 6.) If you are using Safari 5.1, once you buy this ebook, see "Updates and More," at the beginning, to access the "Ebook Extras" and read the blog to get Sharon's detailed description of what changed in Safari 5.1.
Although we think that a lot of the info in this ebook will apply to the Windows version of Safari, we've not tested it under Windows, and some of the content is Mac specific. If you were hoping for Windows coverage, please write in and let us know so that we can consider bringing Windows into the picture for a future version.
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
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October 12, 2012 -- We don't plan to update this ebook about Safari 5 again; however, we have created a new edition, Take Control of Safari 6.
Take Control of Safari 5 covers Safari 5.0. Safari 5.1—which runs on 10.6 Snow Leopard but not on 10.5 Leopard—introduced a few features, including the Reading List, a different interface for working with downloads, and compatibility with Lion's full-screen mode and some Lion gestures. (If you are running Lion, if possible, you should upgrade to Safari 6.) If you are using Safari 5.1, once you buy this ebook, see "Updates and More," at the beginning, to access the "Ebook Extras" and read the blog to get Sharon's detailed description of what changed in Safari 5.1.
July 26, 2011 --
Apple released Safari 5.1 along with Lion (Mac OS X 10.7), but it’s not only for Lion users: the 5.1 update is also for Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) machines. Sharon Zardetto provides the details.
—Michael E. Cohen
June 8, 2011 --
On June 6, 2011, Apple announced a new service called iCloud that will appear at some point later in 2011 ("fall" in the northern hemisphere), and will replace MobileMe from Apple's perspective. Until then, MobileMe continues unchanged, except that Apple is no longer selling subscriptions or charging for renewals; all current members automatically have their accounts extended through the end of June 2012.
When iCloud becomes available, existing MobileMe members will be able to migrate to the new service, which will be free (albeit with optional paid features, such as iTunes Match and additional storage). So far, Apple hasn't released any details about the fate of Mac-to-Mac syncing of things like bookmarks and keychains.
In the meantime, you can learn more about iCloud and what it might mean for MobileMe users in the following places:
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