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Take Control of Safari 6
Become a Web-browsing wizard by learning all that Safari can do for you.
Sure, nearly anyone can get around well enough on the Web in Safari. But Apple has been improving Safari for years, and it has a treasure trove of features that most people never notice. No one ferrets out those features—and their shortcuts—better than Sharon Zardetto. She wrote this ebook to help you use Safari faster, smarter, and better than ever before.
You'll start your advanced Safari education by customizing your environment, especially its toolbar, bookmarks, and top sites. Then you'll explore key browsing techniques, including how to access sites you've visited in the past quickly, load multiple Web pages at once, and sync open tabs among your Apple devices. You'll also find advice on how to go beyond the basics for searching both the Web in general and any page you're viewing, fill out forms, automatically, manage stored passwords, keep pages around to read later, and discover the most worthwhile extensions that expand Safari's feature set.
What about compatibility? Safari 6 runs in 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, but its feature set is slightly restricted in Lion, and Sharon points out the differences. For 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.5 Leopard, read Take Control of Safari 5.
Specifically, you'll learn how to:
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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.
Reviews of Previous Editions
Table of Contents
Read Me First
This book shows you how to make the most of Safari 6, a deceptively powerful Web browser with features you may have never even tried. The book was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Why do you need a book about Safari? You’ve probably been using Safari for quite a while, 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 back 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, learn about tab options instead of using them solely 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. Ever since then, I jump on Safari’s newest releases to explore its changes.
Because I devote 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 bits of information.
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, read-it-later-offline storage, 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 long-standing duration or specifically about Safari 6. 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.”
This ebook is effectively the third edition of an ebook that I’ve been writing about Safari, beginning with Safari 4, continuing with Safari 5, and now focusing on Safari 6.
Out with the old, in with the new! That about sums it up. I’ve deleted obsolete material (RIP, RSS!) and added coverage about new features in Safari (see What’s New in Safari 6). In addition, I’ve tweaked some general information that’s system-specific, since we’re two systems (10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion) beyond what was current for the last edition of this book. So for instance, using the new-in-Lion Mission Control/Application Windows (Switch Windows) and full-screen mode (Hide Windows with Full-Screen Mode) to control Safari window clutter get their due. Also, the concept of mailing Web links or pages, and how Safari coordinates with Apple Mail isn’t new, but there is a new way to access the options as well as new ways to format the information you send, as described in Email Links or Page Content.
Some things are new to this edition that aren’t new to Safari 6 because of the leapfrogging nature of app updates and book updates:
Safari 6, released with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, is another step in the evolution of Apple’s browser. No, it’s not revolutionary by any means, but there are convenient, welcome improvements. In this chapter, I first list what’s new in Safari 6, and then I note which of the new features you won’t find if you’re still running 10.7 Lion.
Here are the new features in Safari 6, and where they’re explained:
But, Apple giveth and Apple taketh away: RSS feeds are no longer available, and sorely missed.
The version of Safari 6 that’s available for 10.7 Lion is missing some features that are in the Mountain Lion version (most are dependent on Mountain Lion features):
Safari 6 runs in 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, but its feature set is slightly restricted in Lion, and Sharon points out the differences. For 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.5 Leopard, read Take Control of Safari 5. There's also Take Control of Safari 4 for people running 10.4 Tiger.
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October 10, 2012 -- We don't have any immediate plans to update this ebook.
—Tonya J Engst
June 10, 2013 --
If you have ever encountered the problem of your Web browser telling you that you haven't installed the latest version of a plug-in that you are trying to use, even when you think you have—or, in fact, know you have—this Macworld article by Lex Friedman, What to do when Netflix, Google, and other browser plug-ins won't update, explains that the cause may be duplicate plug-in files: one in the System-wide /Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, and one in the ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder (that is, in the Library folder in the user's Home directory). Note that users of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" and 10.8 "Mountain Lion" need to hold down Option when clicking the Finder's Go menu in order to open the ~/Library folder.
—Michael E. Cohen
October 17, 2012 --
In MacVoices episode 12121 author Sharon Zardetto chats with host Chuck Joiner about whether people now-a-days "surf" or "browse" the Web. They also shoot the breeze about why Sharon was missing RSS in Safari 6 and what she did about it, what's new and worth paying attention to in Safari 6, and a few interesting Safari extensions.
—Tonya J Engst
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