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Web clips are portions of web pages that you can store in Dashboard for later browsing. Unlike something like a picture clipping, for example, these clips are updated as the web page is updated. Let's see how that works. So we're in Safari, I choose File > Open in Dashboard. Now I'm provided with a selection rectangle. I can drag my cursor over elements that I can grab. In this case, I'd like to grab the hot news headlines from Apple. To do that, I click on that area, and you see that it's now selected.
I then click on Add, Dashboard opens, and that content is brought into Dashboard. Wherever is I see a live link, I can click on it and that will open that web page. Let's go back to Dashboard. You can also change the theme of these things. So, I can click on this Info button. I can choose vintage corners, click on Done, and now I have this very classy look. Now, the issue you may have with some of these things is that sometimes the edges will obscure the content, which isn't a great thing.
So in this case, I'm going to go back to Glass because I could see all the content then. If I want to get rid of this clipping, all I have to do is hold down the Option key, and then click on the X, and it's gone. Again, you're going to gain the greatest benefit from web clips by using them with portions of web pages that are updated fairly regularly. So for example, you want some kind of news site, something where information is updated on a fairly regular basis. This allows you to view updated information without all the other clutter that may fill a web page.
It's an often overlooked Safari feature, but one that can be quite useful.
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