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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
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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