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Configuring Safari Preferences

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

Video: Configuring Safari Preferences

If you look in the Safari menu you're going to find some very important settings. One of those will be the Preferences setting. But before we get there we're going to click on Safari and notice a couple of things that are found in this menu. The first is Block Pop-up Windows. There are certain web sites whose advertising is based on pop-up windows. If you've spent much time on the web you'd be looking at a page and suddenly, up comes an ad for an automobile or a blender or something like that. I like advertising as much as the next person, which means barely at all and so by default Safari leaves this option on, which is Block Pop-up Windows. So with this option on you shouldn't have to see pop-ups. If you really like seeing pop-ups, you're welcome to turn it off and when you select it you'll notice that it is no longer checked. When it is checked, it means it's on. When it's unchecked it means it's off. I'd like to have it on and so I'll select it one more time and the check reappears.

Configuring Safari Preferences

If you look in the Safari menu you're going to find some very important settings. One of those will be the Preferences setting. But before we get there we're going to click on Safari and notice a couple of things that are found in this menu. The first is Block Pop-up Windows. There are certain web sites whose advertising is based on pop-up windows. If you've spent much time on the web you'd be looking at a page and suddenly, up comes an ad for an automobile or a blender or something like that. I like advertising as much as the next person, which means barely at all and so by default Safari leaves this option on, which is Block Pop-up Windows. So with this option on you shouldn't have to see pop-ups. If you really like seeing pop-ups, you're welcome to turn it off and when you select it you'll notice that it is no longer checked. When it is checked, it means it's on. When it's unchecked it means it's off. I'd like to have it on and so I'll select it one more time and the check reappears.

There's also this Private Browsing option. Normally when you're browsing with Safari it keeps track of where you've been. You noticed that previously when we went through the History file. We'd like to go back to sites we visited yesterday, the day before, a few days before that. Suppose you don't want to leave a trail. You're using a computer for example, that's shared by a number of people, and you'd prefer that those people not know where you've been in the last few days. If you switch on Private Browsing, it doesn't keep track of all the sites you've been to. It doesn't maintain files in a cache so that they can more easily load. Instead it's like you were never there. I think it's a helpful option. Now let's go to Preferences.

Earlier I talked about the home page. Now currently when we go Home in Safari, and we go to Apple's start page and you can see the address or the URL right here, http://livepage.apple.com. That is Apple's start page, home page. I love Apple, but I don't always want to go to Apple's site when I launch Safari. Instead I'd prefer to go nowhere at all I like going to a blank page, at which point I can decide where I'd like to go. In order to set that option, I select the New windows open with pop-up menu, and I can choose Empty Page.

Now it doesn't matter what this Home page field says now. When I next launch Safari, I will be presented with a blank web page with nothing in the Address field. Close Preferences, because that's the most important preference I can show you right now. One other thing worth looking at is in the View menu you will find the option to Show the Tab bar. Let's select that and see what happens. Now a new area appears here. One of the ways that you can avoid clutter in your web browser, because likely you're going to open several webpages at a time, is you can create these web pages as tabs.

So, I will hold down the Control key, click in the Tab bar, and I select a New Tab. Let's choose a web site. One of my favorites again, we will go to MacUser. Now I have the MacUser site open here. Suppose I want to go back to Apple's start page. I no longer have to go back or go Home when it was my Home page, but instead I click this tab, and I'm back. Back to MacUser. Here I go, I'm back again. Let's suppose I'd like to open this story in a separate tab. Let's hold down the Control key, click, Open link in New Tab. I can also open it in a new window, but I'm trying to avoid clutter so open link in new tab, let go and sure enough here's my story. Now I can quickly move throughout the open pages simply by clicking on the tabs.

To get rid of tabs I just click the x next to the tab and it disappears. And now I've got an uncluttered page. Our next video will look at web clips and Safari.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

80 video lessons · 31638 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 54s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 54s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 55s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 41s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 34s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 42s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 51s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 51s
  10. 28m 4s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 45s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 39s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 32s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 32s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 11s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 22s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 45s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 13s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 20s
  16. 15m 9s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 1s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 26s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 27s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 36s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 41s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 49s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 23s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 35s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 59s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 44s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 20s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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