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Opening local files in Safari

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Opening local files in Safari

We know that Safari is a solid Web browser, but you can also use it to open more than webpages. You can also open some of the Mac's local files and I'll show you how to do that. You can do this because of the plug-ins installed with Safari. So look under the Help menu, look at Installed Plug-ins, and we'll scroll down a bit and we'll see the QuickTime Plug-in 7.7.1. Now that may change in the version you have, if there's an update to QuickTime. The idea is look at the left here and you could see all these various media types that can be opened with this plug-in.

Opening local files in Safari

We know that Safari is a solid Web browser, but you can also use it to open more than webpages. You can also open some of the Mac's local files and I'll show you how to do that. You can do this because of the plug-ins installed with Safari. So look under the Help menu, look at Installed Plug-ins, and we'll scroll down a bit and we'll see the QuickTime Plug-in 7.7.1. Now that may change in the version you have, if there's an update to QuickTime. The idea is look at the left here and you could see all these various media types that can be opened with this plug-in.

So let's see how that works. I'll go to my Documents folder, move this over this way, and let's play an audio file. (Music playing) We're rocking out to the Jellybricks. Now a movie. (Music playing) )Female Speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are full service florist specializing in weddings and corporate events.) Here's Crabby McCrableton.

Also you can open PDF files. I'll drag one of those over. Now note this about PDF files. When you do this, you see the little window at the bottom. This allows you to zoom in and out. You can also choose to open the PDF in Preview by clicking that button, and here's our PDF file. And if you want, you can download a PDF to the Download folder. Now this makes very little sense given that this is a local file. However, if you were on the Internet and you found a PDF file, you could click on this button and then download the PDF to your Downloads folder.

So in that case, it's helpful. Couple of things to note. You can't drag multiple files into a Safari window because it can only open one file at a time. And if something won't open, you can try dragging it into the address bar and see if that works a little bit better. So I'll drag my movie up into the address bar. (Music playing) And you can tell that this is a local file because it reads file:/// and then it shows the path name to that media file.

That shows you that you're working with the local file. So what good is this when you likely have a perfectly fine application to open these files? Well, sometimes it's easier to just drag in a file that you want to preview with Safari rather than going to all the trouble to open it in a separate application. And that's media files in Safari.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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