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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
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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