Here a a few handy tips on how to use Apple’s very own Safari.
Apple’s latest software release OS X Yosemite also comes with a brand spanking new update on Safari. A few layout changes here and there but just as easy to use as ever…
How to Change Safari Homepage
This is a pretty simple and effective change. If you are not a fan of the current default homepage lets change it!
1) Go to the safari Toolbar (at the top of your screen) and select File > then Preferences.
2) Select General, inside there will be options for Homepage, delete Apple’s current URL in the box and enter any homepage of your own choice (For example www.Google.com). So now every time Safari is opened your selected homepage will come up instead of the default.
Activating Full Screen View On Safari
Safari by default usually pops up as a smaller screen than other internet browsers. Did you know most applications on your Mac can be made to full screen without losing any quality at all.
To select the full screen mode for browsing just follow these steps:
1) To make your safari screen full size, hit the ‘Green‘ button in the top left hand corner of your window. Alternatively go to File > Enter Full Screen.
2) To Get yourself out of full screen view on your keyboard click the ‘Esc’ button (Escape) the button is located at the very top left of your keyboard. Another option is View > Exit Full Screen.
Switching Between Pages on Safari
1) To instantly switch between two pages simply use ‘two’ fingers on your trackpad and swipe left to right. Very handy if you are reading the news online.
Zooming in and out:
1) On your trackpad using your two fingers Double Tap the trackpad.
2) A more controlled way of zooming is to stretch your fingers to zoom in and pinch fingers together to zoom out
Activating Private Browsing Mode
Safaris Private Browsing mode is perfect if you have a shared computer and you would like to do some secret birthday or christmas shopping. It doesn’t doesn’t track your movements or save your search history.
1) Open Safari and go to File > Preferences > and Search. It will list your current search engine (Google, Yahoo etc) there will be a drop down to change search engine, if you want to activate private browsing choose the DuckDuckGo for search, this is Apple’s very own search engine and is new with OS X Yosemite.
If you no longer want private search activated just follow the same steps and choose another search engine to browse on Safari.
Using Safari’s Reading List
Love reading on the web? With millions of interesting webpages and blogs the web is a readers paradise. Before OS X Yosemite, if you spotted an interesting article or a blog you fancied reading later you would have to save it as a bookmark, but now with the new update you can save items to a Reading List. Pages are now so much easier to find (saves trawling through hundreds of bookmarks) and avoids clutter.
How to Save Pages to Read Later
1) While in Safari go to Bookmarks > Add To Reading List or because we all love a shortcut type Cmd + Shift+ D