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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
Safari is Apple's web browser, which has been bundled with the Mac OS for several generations of that OS. In this movie, we'll start by looking at how you can navigate around the web with Safari. Now by default, when you launch Safari for the first time, you will see Apple's Start page, because obviously, they'd like you to buy some Apple stuff, but you don't have to go to this page if you don't want to. So, go to Safari, go to Preferences, and look in this area in the General tab that reads New windows open with. They will open with Homepage by default and currently, Apple has defined the homepage as their website, but you don't have to do that.
If you like, you can navigate to another website and then click on Set to Current Page. And then as for these other settings, New windows open with Homepage, you can use something called Top Sites, which are websites that Apple pushes to you or ones that you visited. So if you visit a site a lot of times, it will appear among your top sites. You can choose Empty Page, the Same Page that you're on currently, or you can go to your Bookmarks window. For the time being, we'll leave it as we have it. Now, the main way to go to a website is to use the Address bar, which is here at the top of the window, and just start typing a URL.
You don't have to type http://www. Instead, you can just type the name of the site. So, if I type lynda.com and press Return, I'll be taken to the lynda.com website. With Safari 6, which is bundled with Mountain Lion, the Address bar and Search field are now the same thing. So for example, let's enter Macworld, and you see when I do that, the first list of results is from Google Search.
So, if I were to press the Return key, I would be taken to a Google Search page, which would then provide me with a link to Macworld. But what I can do instead is choose Go to Site macworld, and when I do that, I'm taken to macworld.com. Now, if you like to navigate between pages, if you have a trackpad, you just swipe with two fingers. So, I'll go down here to the main part of the page, and I swipe to the right and I go forward one page.
I'll swipe two fingers to the left and I go back a page. Swipe to the left again, and once again, I go back a page. You can also use the arrows at the top of the window, forward, forward, back and back, or you can use arrow keys, that would be Command+right arrow and Command+left arrow. Let's go to our last page. If you like to see where you've been within that window, click and hold on the back arrow, and you can navigate that way.
So, go back to that Apple Start page. Now you're not stuck viewing one page per window. Instead, choose View > Show Tab Bar, and now you can start using tabs. To add a tab, click on the plus button, and here are Top Sites that I mentioned earlier. So, let's go back to Macworld. Now it's in my history once I've been there so it automatically fills in. I click on Macworld and I can go between Apple's Start page and Macworld, simply by clicking on tabs. One other way to navigate is to look at your history.
So go to the History menu, and near the bottom, you can see the various sites that you visited. Select the one you want to visit that site. And those are the basics of moving around the web with Safari. In subsequent movies, we'll look at some of Safari's other features.
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