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As with all other web browsers you can save your favorite or frequently visited web page in Safari as bookmarks, which lets you load those pages with a single tap rather than having to manually type in their addresses each time. To create a bookmark first browse to the page you want to bookmark. In this case I'm on the lynda.com homepage then tap the share button at the bottom of the screen. From here tap Bookmark. That opens the Add Bookmark screen. This first field is for giving your bookmark a name. The text Safari has placed in here is the title of the web page, but in this case it's probably a little too verbose.
So I'll tap the X button to clear this field and then I'll type lynda.com homepage. Below the name is the actual address of the page you're bookmarking. This can't be edited here. It's just here for you to confirm that this is the page you want to save. Below that is where you can decide which folder to save this bookmark in. I'll show you how to create folders in a moment, but for now I'm just going to save this bookmark in the main Bookmarks folder on my iPhone. I'll tap Save and that's all there is to saving a bookmark. To access your bookmarks tap the Bookmark icon. Here you'll find all the bookmarks you have created as well as any folders you synced from Safari on your computer and your reading list which we'll get to later.
At the bottom of this list you'll also find a small selection of bookmarks that are included by default in Safari like Apple, Yahoo!, Bing, and Google as well as bookmarks to the mobile versions of Apple's iPhone user guide. To load any bookmark page just tap it. Here's the one I created. You can see it reloads lynda.com. So again to bookmark a page just visit the page, tap the share button, add the bookmark and rename the bookmark if necessary, but I'll leave it as is and tap Save.
Now as your bookmarks list begins to grow you might want to do some housekeeping now and then. Just tap the Bookmarks button and then tap Edit. Now you're free to rearrange the order of the bookmarks in your list that you have created by dragging the handle next to any one of them up or down. Notice you can't drag around the default bookmarks at all. So I can't drag lynda.com homepage down below those. But if you do want to delete any of those bookmarks just tap the red delete symbol and then tap Delete. This is also where you can create new folders to organize your bookmarks. Just tap New Folder.
Maybe I want to create a folder called Reference to store web pages I use to look up information. Now if I wanted to I can put this folder inside another folder. You can click Bookmarks to navigate to another folder I may have previously created, but I want this to be in the main Bookmarks list. So I'll tap Done and now I have a Reference folder at the top of my list. You can also tap any bookmark to rename it or move it to another folder. So there's probably no need to have to say lynda.com homepage. Let's just make it lynda.com and now I'll tap Bookmarks to view my folders and I'll place this bookmark in the Reference folder.
I'll tap Done and Done again and if I look inside Reference I'll find my lynda.com bookmark. Let's go back to the main Bookmarks list. Now the other folder you'll find in here by default is History and like the history list you'll find in all other web browsers this gives you a list of all the pages you've recently visited. The top of the list shows you the pages you visited today and as you scroll down you'll find folders that have been generated containing links to the pages you visited earlier. This is really convenient to have when you want or need to return to a page you visited earlier, but can't remember the address.
Just open Bookmarks and browse to your History list. Of course, there are maybe reasons you might not want Safari to store a list of the pages you visited. I'll leave those reasons to your imagination, but you can erase your history list by tapping Clear. Notice you have no options to clear just a single entry. If you tap Clear History it'll erase every item in your History list as well as your Google search history. Let's cancel that for a moment. Now what I mean by your Google search history is that Safari also remembers your most recently searched terms. So if I closed bookmarks by tapping Done and then tapping the Search field, you can see my name right under the search field because I recently searched for my own name.
So clearing your history also clears out these Google searches which again may be a good or a bad thing. Now before we wrap this movie up let me show you one more way to clear your history. I am going to press the Home button to close Safari and now I'm going to go into Settings and if I scroll down I'll find Safari settings and here we'll find the option to clear history as well. This is identical to clearing your history in Safari, but what you'll also find here is the button to clear cookies and data. Cookies are small pieces of data websites store in your browsers, usually to personalize your experience.
That's all sites like Amazon.com can display your name at the top of their page when you visit them. If you have an account with the Amazon they placed a cookie in your browser so the website knows it's you when you visit the next time. Clearing cookies stops that from happening. Web browsers also have something called a cache and a cache is saved data from websites that includes things like buttons, banners, and other images that are stored on your device so they don't have to be downloaded each time you visit the site. If you find that a site is behaving or looking strange you can come in here and try tapping Clear Cookies and Data to remove the stored data from Safari so it has to download fresh data from the website which should clear up your problems.
So there's your lesson on bookmarks, history, and clearing your Safari history as well as cookies and data.
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