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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X 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, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
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. So we'll launch Safari from the dock. (Music playing) When you first launch Safari, you see a welcome screen and then a Top Site page. This shows you popular stories and sites at the moment. So you click a site to be taken to that page.
So here we are on Apple's start page. We'll go back to the Top Sites and Top Sites will keep track of where you go with Safari and populate the page with your favorite sites. If you don't like having Top Sites showing as you start up, it's simple to change. Just go to Safari's Preferences, make sure you're in the General Preference, you choose New windows open with, and you have a number of options here. It can be Top Sites. It can be Homepage. I prefer Empty Page. I want kind of a blank slate when I start here. And then also you have the option New tabs open with. And again, I like Empty Page, but you can also choose a Homepage, the Same Page, or a Bookmark of some kind.
I'm going to set Empty Page. If I chose Homepage, you can enter where you want your homepage to be. In this case, Apple sets it to apple.com of course because they want you to visit there, but you could put anything you like. For example, it can be lynda.com. I can have my new windows open at lynda.com as well as any new tabs open there. Another option is if you're on a website, you can simply click the Set to Current Page. That button will be active and that will become your homepage.
So let's look at navigating around with Safari. The main way people do this is to go to the address bar and they just type in a Web address. And that's what starts with http://www whatever. You don't have to type the http or the www most times. Simply just type something in. So we'll just go to lynda. It naturally assumes .com, I press Return, and here we are at lynda.com's homepage. I'll demonstrate that again with another homepage, so I can go to macworld, and we'll go to Apple.
In order to go back and forward, you have a number of options. If you have a trackpad or a Magic Trackpad, you just swipe your two fingers and move back. And I showed you this in the gestures movie. And forward, two finger-swipe. Another option is to simply click on the arrow keys. Back, back, and forward. You can use Command key. So hold down the Command key, and then left bracket will take you back a page, and back again.
And Command+Right bracket moves you forward. Once you've visited a few sites, you can return easily by looking at your history. So click on the History menu and it will show you where you've been. To go to one of those places, simply click on the entry and you're taken to that site. We'll return by going back. Another option is you can click and hold on the Back button and it will show you where you've been recently.
Another way to get around the Web is to use the Search field. So click here in the Search field and enter a search term. For example, let's put in? And here's my column on Macworld. Now we'll look for?. Here are some cute cats.
And funny dogs. This is a very funny dog. So if you wanted to get recent searches, simply click and hold the Search bar and you can go back and restore your search. Also you don't have to search with Google. That's the default, but you can choose other search services such as Yahoo! or Bing for example. One other thing to point out is that if you go to the View menu and Show Tab Bar, you can have multiple pages open in the same Web browser.
So I'm going to right-click on the tab bar. Choose New Tab. I can bang back and forth between webpages simply by clicking on the tabs. 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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