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Working with bookmarks

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Now let's look at adding and organizing Safari's bookmarks. You don't want to have to type in the address of a website every time you visit it, so you should create a bookmark for it. And that's easily done. I'll go to the Bookmarks menu and select Add Bookmark. If you're going to spend a lot of time in Safari, it's worth knowing the keyboard shortcut, which is Command+D. When you do this, down comes a sheet and it offers you the option to store your bookmarks in a variety of places. It can be a part of Top Sites Reading List which we're going to cover in a subsequent movie.

Working with bookmarks

Now let's look at adding and organizing Safari's bookmarks. You don't want to have to type in the address of a website every time you visit it, so you should create a bookmark for it. And that's easily done. I'll go to the Bookmarks menu and select Add Bookmark. If you're going to spend a lot of time in Safari, it's worth knowing the keyboard shortcut, which is Command+D. When you do this, down comes a sheet and it offers you the option to store your bookmarks in a variety of places. It can be a part of Top Sites Reading List which we're going to cover in a subsequent movie.

You can put it in the Bookmarks Bar, and I'll show you what that looks like. You see this is the Bookmarks Bar here and it appears right here. We're going to delete that for now. Back to Command+D. You can put it in any existing folders that you have in the Bookmarks menu. Right now we just have News and Popular. Or you can put it in the Bookmarks menu. Again, name it, add, and I look in the Bookmarks menu, and here it is as lynda. Let's add a few more.

Command+D, put that in the menu as well. My macworld, I'm going to add that one too. Change the name because it's too long. So we can go to Flickr, and let's add Twitter.

And I put all those in the Bookmarks Bar. And we'll add one more. Now I could hit Command+D again and add this to my Bookmarks menu, but there's another option. And that is to take the Bookmarks icon and drag it down into the Bookmarks Bar. And now with just a simple click, I can go to that website. Now let's look at our bookmarks. We're starting to get a few bookmarks here and it's starting to look a little bit unorganized.

So let's add a bookmarks folder. This takes us to the Bookmarks page within Safari. We now have a new menu and here we can drag in bookmarks. So let's make this my Bookmarks menu. Now for my Bookmarks menu, I can choose websites that I want to add to my folder. So I'll put macworld in there, Flickr, and of course lynda will go in there. So here's my Bookmarks folder. If I want this folder to appear in my Bookmarks menu, I select Bookmarks menu, and then I grab my Bookmarks folder, and I add it to the list of bookmarks.

Now we'll take a look in the Bookmarks menu, and here is my folder. There's a hierarchy to the folder. So I select the folder, I can drag my mouse over, and then I can select a bookmark from within that folder. Now let's look at other ways of organizing bookmarks within the Bookmarks window. One thing I can do is select a bookmark and I can add it to the Bookmarks Bar. If I do that, you notice that it appears right here in the Bookmarks Bar. Now when I did that, it is no longer in my Bookmarks menu.

So let's go back to the Bookmarks Bar, take Twitter, we'll put it back in the Bookmarks menu, go back again. This time I'm going to Option+ Drag it into the Bookmarks Bar. So I hold on the Option key, I drag it over to the Bookmarks Bar, it appears in the Bookmarks Bar. But if I also go back to Bookmarks, you'll see that it's still in my Bookmarks menu because I've made a copy of it. One copy was in the Bookmarks Bar, and the other one remains in the Bookmarks menu. Now I'm going to create one more folder.

I'll call it Get Up. Let's find some items I can put in there. Let's see. I'll put Apple in there as an Option+Drag, YouTube, Option+Drag, and Twitter as an Option+Drag. Now I'm going to put it in the Bookmarks Bar. I'll continue to call it Get Up, and then I enable Auto-Click.

So what in heck's name does this do? I'll show you. So let's just go back to the regular Web. You notice a little square appears next to Get Up. When I click on that, three tabs open. These are all the bookmarks that I've put into my Get Up folder. So one thing I can do is when I first get up in the morning, I launch Safari, and I click on this bookmark, it opens my favorite three sites in the morning so I can easily browse between them simply by clicking on tabs.

This feature has been there for a while but it's one that people don't often use and I find it very convenient. Let's go back to the Bookmarks window one more time. If you have a lot of bookmarks, and after a while you're going to accumulate a lot of them, it's absolutely worth your time to start organizing them. You can do that by creating this bookmarks folder. So you can create one for Fun and one for Work and then start organizing your bookmarks. So for me, it's fun to go to eBay.

It's fun to fantasize about going somewhere. And for Work, I may need in a job someday so that's worth looking at CareerBuilder, oh, absolutely. I should do that as well. Once I've organized the stuff into my bookmarks, then I can decide where I want to put them. So I can put Fun up here in the Bookmarks Bar and I can also put my Work stuff up there as well. Then when I want to have a little fun, I click on that folder and then I choose my destination.

Same idea with Work. Look for the triangle, choose the site you want to go to, and you're on your way. Now everybody is going to have different ways of organizing their bookmarks, but any organization is better than none. Now a couple of more bookmarks tricks. Grab a little bookmark and this can be icon in your address bar and drag it to the Desktop. When you do this, this turns into a Web location file. I'll show you how this works. I'll quit Safari, I'll double-click on that file, and when I do, I open up directly to that website.

So you can create a folder full of these things and then double-click the site you want to go to and Safari will open and take you immediately to the site you want to visit. Throw them away and quit Safari again. Also you can use Spotlight to enter the name of a favorite website, and from there launch that site. So let's go to lynda, and sure enough, if you look down at the webpages entry, you will find your bookmark plus a preview. So I can click on that, Safari launches, and it takes me to that website.

And that's the wonderful world of bookmarks. Another way to quickly navigate to your favorite websites.

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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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