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Working with Safari's preferences

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Video: Working with Safari's preferences

There is a lot of action in Safari's preferences and some of it can alter your browser experience,. Let's march through them now, and the first preference is General. Safari doesn't have to be your default web browser. If you have another web browser installed, such as Chrome or Firefox, you can choose it from this pop-up menu. Whenever you encounter some kind of web link, let's say in an e-mail message for example, click on it. Instead of Safari launching, in this case. Firefox would launch. I take that back to Safari. Default search engine. Google is the default, but you can choose Yahoo! or you can choose Bing.

Working with Safari's preferences

There is a lot of action in Safari's preferences and some of it can alter your browser experience,. Let's march through them now, and the first preference is General. Safari doesn't have to be your default web browser. If you have another web browser installed, such as Chrome or Firefox, you can choose it from this pop-up menu. Whenever you encounter some kind of web link, let's say in an e-mail message for example, click on it. Instead of Safari launching, in this case. Firefox would launch. I take that back to Safari. Default search engine. Google is the default, but you can choose Yahoo! or you can choose Bing.

We have looked at some of this configuration before, so we don't need to go over it again. New windows open with, and then you choose how you want your windows and tabs to open. You can remove your history items after a certain period of time. We're going to talk about Privacy and Safari in another movie, so we'll save that for later. By default, downloads go to the Downloads folder, but you can have them go somewhere else. If you want to click on Other and have them go to your Desktop for example, just select Desktop, click Select, and your downloaded files will go to the Desktop.

I will say I don't recommend doing that because after a while your desktop is to be completely cluttered with stuff and that's not a great idea. You can remove items from your downloads lists. We're also going to look at that in Privacy. Appearance. If a website isn't configured to show a particular font, you can choose which font it will show, again, if that's not hard coded into the site. Bookmarks, you can decide what's going to be in the bookmarks bar. By default it includes Reading List, Top Sites, but you can also include Address Book.

So any contacts in your Address Book that also have a website associated with the contact will appear in this Address Book list. Also include Bonjour. If there are any network devices that use Bonjour that you can access some features from via your browser, they will appear there. Bookmarks menu, same idea, you're just configuring this, so you either include Address Book items in Bonjour or not. Tabs, when you open pages in tabs, you can choose to open pages in tabs instead of windows. By default it's never, automatically, or always. Depends how you like viewing your web browser.

By default Command+Click opens a link in a new tab. I think that's a great feature, so leave that on. RSS, I've talked a little bit about RSS. By default Safari use the RSS application. You can also choose Mail, or if you like, if you have an RSS reader application, you can direct RSS there instead. And then there is his Auto Fill. If you are filling out of a web form, you can use the info that's in your Address Book card, so let me click Edit here for example. It will open Address Book and it will show my card.

So if I'd entered an e-mail address here and then I'm filling in a web form, it would automatically insert that address into the web form. I can also store usernames and passwords. There's a little issue with security here. If you're the only one using your Mac, this is perfectly fine to allow this to happen, but if others are going to be using it, I would not turn this on, because if there's a stranger sitting at your computer, you don't want them filling in a username and a password for some kind of retail site for example.

There is security built into Safari, so it will warn you if you seem to be entering some kind of fraudulent site. Other things, plug-ins, Java, JavaScript, block pop-up windows, again, ask for web content. There are some malicious web pages out there. Something you're not encounter very often, but if they are, you can choose to disable some of the stuff, so that can automatically divert you to another website for example. Privacy, we're going to talk about that in another movie. Extensions, these are things you can add to Safari to enhance its capabilities, Click on Get Extensions and you'll go to Apple's Extension site.

Let suppose that I wanted to include Twitter in Safari as an extension. I could simply install it now. It installs it and it will now appear in Extensions, and then I can decide whether I want to enable it. I can disable it. I can also uninstall it. Just a word of warning, I wouldn't overload Safari with extensions. Sometimes when you packet with too many extensions, things can get a little funny, and if you don't want extensions on, you can simply turn them off using this button. And then there's Advanced there. There's some Universal Access setting, so if you have a hard time reading small print, you can expand that, and these are other settings, are things that most people don't need to worry about. And that's it.

A rundown of Safari's preferences. Some of them could be useful to you, so spend some time with them and see what you think.

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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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