You might not give Safari a great deal of thought…. It’s such a well designed web browser that you probably don’t event notice it. This is as it should be; technology serving you rather than the other way around. However, you may be able to pick up one or two tricks that you didn’t previously know to make your use of the previously know to make your use of the latest version of Satari as efficient as possible.
The main interface is shown in the annotation, but it’s notable for its clean, uncluttered look. This is a little deceptive because this is a powerful web browser that simply pushes the content to the fore. You can still store useful pages in bookmarks and file these away in a series of folders if you like. It supports tabbed browsing so you can have multiple pages open at once and you can use a bookmarks bar.
Most notable of the new features in the latest version of Safari is the improved sharing. Tap the Share button and you can instantly post the current page on Twitter or Facebook or you cam send it via email or text.
- Address bar > The address bar contains the full URL of the page currently displayed in the selected tab. While it’s unusual to type an address to use elsewhere. Tap in the bar and choose Select All, followed by Copy to keep the URL in the clipboard ready to be pasted somewhere else.
- Share > An alternative to copying and pasting the URL is to use the Share button. Tap it to see a range of options for sharing the page with someone. You can put it into an email message, or send it as an SMS or iMassage. Alternatively you can share it on Facebook or Twitter. Just tap this button and then select the option that you want to use. You can also add a page to your bookmarks or to the home screen here.
- Bookmarks > Your bookmarks enable you to store and catalogue URLs. Tap Bookmarks and ensure the bookmarks button ( at bottom of the pane ) is selected. Tap a bookmarks to visit the page. To add a new one, tap Share, then Bookmark. Select the folder you want to put the bookmark in and tap Done. To create a new folder tap Edit, followed by New folder and give it a name. Delete a bookmark by tapping Edit, then the button to the left of the bookmark, then Delete. To move a bookmark, tap Edit, select the left arrow to the left of the bookmark, then choose the new folder.
- Back or forward > When browsing, tap the Back button to go back one page. If you’ve already used the back button, then the forward button becomes active. It enables you to go forward to the page you were on before you clicked back. Tap and hold either of these buttons to see a drop down list of pages available in the back or forward history. Select one of the pages from this list to go directly to it without tapping back ( or forward) repeatedly.
- Browser tabs > Safari enables you to browse in tabs. This provides you with the ability to have several web pages open at the same time, so you can switch between them. This can be very useful if you need to refer back or forward to different sources of information. Tap the + button to open a new tab. You can tap each tab at the top of the open page to switch between open sites. Tap the X to the left of the selected tab to close it.
- Search bar > The search bar enables you to send a search directly to the default search engine. This is usually Google, but you can change it ( from the setting menu ). Enter the relevant text, then tap Search. As you type, Safari provides you with suggestions. You can go directly to one of these by tapping it in the drop down list below the search results. You can also opt to search on the current page. Tap in the search bar and them use the find on Page bar that appears to the top on the keyboard. You’ll also find a search on page option in the search suggestions.