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Searching through your history

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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The latest version of Apple's web browser Safari 4, which again ships as part of Snow Leopard, offers a couple of very nice enhancements to the History function. Your browser's history is, of course, a list of all the sites you've visited in the browser over the past several days or weeks. By default, Safari saves about a month's worth of the pages you have opened. Now you can see your history by going to the History menu, but unless you are looking for a page you just visited a little while ago it can be extremely difficult to find the page you need this way. As with previous versions of Safari, you can click the Show Bookmarks button in the Bookmarks bar and then select History under Collections.

Searching through your history

The latest version of Apple's web browser Safari 4, which again ships as part of Snow Leopard, offers a couple of very nice enhancements to the History function. Your browser's history is, of course, a list of all the sites you've visited in the browser over the past several days or weeks. By default, Safari saves about a month's worth of the pages you have opened. Now you can see your history by going to the History menu, but unless you are looking for a page you just visited a little while ago it can be extremely difficult to find the page you need this way. As with previous versions of Safari, you can click the Show Bookmarks button in the Bookmarks bar and then select History under Collections.

If you don't use the Bookmarks bar, you can also choose History > Show All History, but I use the Bookmarks bar. Here you again can see a list of all the pages you've visited, but this also gives you access to the Search field in the upper right-hand corner. History searching has been greatly improved in Safari 4. Just start typing a word or phrase that appeared on the site you want to find. Safari not only searches the site's address, but all the text that appears on the pages you visited, so you can type any word or phrase that you think might have appeared on that page. For example, I remember reading something about the multi-touch gestures on the trackpads of Apple's Notebook computers.

So I am going to type 'multi-touch' and just like that I get one page that I visited in which that phrase appears. If I click that page you can see the word multi-touch has not appeared in the pages title or in its address, but it does appear somewhere on the page right here, 'Accessing the multi-touch track support.' Go back to my History. If I do another search, say for Snow Leopard, I see a couple of more pages popup. Since Safari displays the search results in Cover flow view as well as showing their addresses down below, I can skim through the pages which makes it easier to recognize the one I am looking for.

Again, when I find the one that I think I want I just click it and I go right to that page. Incidentally, you can also access History Search through the Top Sites view I showed you in the previous movie. If we recall, we can get that by clicking the Top Sites button. In here, you just type your search into the Search History field in the lower right-hand corner. This is kind of nice, because you get a fullscreen Cover flow view here, so if you like being able to visually search through your history, search through the Top Sites view instead of the Bookmarks view.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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