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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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