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As with all other web browsers, you can save your favorite or frequently visited webpages in Safari as bookmarks, and that 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 the list of options here, tap Bookmark. That opens the Add Bookmark screen. This first field is for giving your Bookmark a name. The text Safari has placed here is the title of the webpage, but in this case, that's probably a little too verbose, so I'll tap the x button to clear that field, and I'll type lynda.com homepage.
Below that name is the actual address of the page your bookmarking. This can't be edited here at all, it's just here to confirm that this is the page you want to save. Below that is where you decide which folder to save this bookmark in. The default area is Favorites, which is an area you can quickly use to access the pages you most frequently visit. You can also choose the Main Bookmarks folder, or you can create your own folders. I'll show you how to create folders in a moment, but for now, I'm just going to save this in the Main Bookmarks folder on my iPhone. Now I tap Save, and that's all there is to saving a bookmark. To access your bookmarks, tap the Book icon. And here you'll find all the bookmarks you've created, as well as any folders you synced from Safari on your computer.
You may also find a small selection of bookmarks that are included by default in Safari, such as the iPhone User Guide and the iPhone Quick Start Guide. To load any bookmarked page, just tap it. And that's all there is to that. Now as your bookmark list starts 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 your Bookmark list by dragging the handle next to any bookmark that has one. If you want to delete any bookmarks, just tap the red Delete symbol next to it, and then tap Delete. This is also where you can create new folders to organize your bookmarks.
Just tap New Folder. And maybe I want to create a folder called Reference. And I'll use to that to store web pages I use to look up information. Now if I wanted to, I could put this folder inside another folder by tapping Bookmarks to navigate to another folder I might have created. But I want this to be in the main Bookmarks list, so I'll leave the location as Bookmarks, and tap Done. And now I have a reference folder here, which I can maybe move to the top of the list. You can also tap any bookmark or folder to rename it, or to move it to another folder. Maybe instead of making this lynda.com home page, I'll just make it lynda.com.
While I'm in there, I can also tap its location, and maybe move that into the Reference folder. So if I tapped on here, if I go into Reference, there's my bookmark. Alright, I'm going to swipe to the right to go back to the main Bookmarks list. Now as we saw in addition to Bookmarks we also have a Favorites folder. This can be used to quickly access the sites you visit most frequently. I've already created and stored a couple bookmarks in here. But if I want maybe I'll go back into Reference. Tap Edit, to select lynda.com. So maybe I'll switch it's location to Favorites. Tap Done, and now Reference is empty.
Tap Done again, and now when I look in Favorites, there's my lynda.com bookmark. Now you may be thinking that so far this isn't really any different than creating a bookmark in a custom folder. And really, it's not that different. But the Favorites folder is treated a little bit differently. So, not only can you get the Favorites by tapping Bookmarks, and then going into Favorites. Let me just tap Done here. But any time you open a new page, by tapping the Page button in the lower right hand corner, and then tapping Plus, your favorites are automatically displayed as icons, so you can quickly jump to one of them.
Which is faster than opening bookmarks, and then browsing for a favorite. So if I wanted to quickly jump to Apple, I could just tap its icon, and it takes me right there. Not only that, but if you've created folders inside of Favorites, you can designate the contents of one of these folders to be the default display. So right now when I open a new page, I see my main Favorites folder, but I can change this by going to Settings> Safari >Favorites. And here I'll see a listing of all the folders that I've created, so it doesn't even have to be a folder you created in Favorites, but in this case maybe I want my News folder to be the default display.
And now when I go back into Safari. And a new page opens, my News bookmarks are now displayed. And that will happen any time I create a new page. So that's working with Favorites. Now the other folder you'll find in Bookmarks by default is History. And like the history you'll find in all other web browsers, this gives you a list of the pages you've recently visited. The top of the list shows you the pages you've visited most recently. Notice the heading says this afternoon. And if you scroll down you'll continue seeing headings like this morning, Monday evening, and dates that continue to go back in time.
This is really convenient to have when you want or need to return a page you visited earlier but can't remember the address of. Just open up Bookmarks, browse through your History list. And tap the page you want to open. Now, of course, there may be 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 just clear a single entry. If you tap Clear History, you'll erase every item in your History list, as well as your Search history. I'm just going to cancel that for now. Now before I wrap this movie let me show you one more place to clear your History.
going to go back into Settings in Safari, and if I scroll down here I'll find the option to Clear History from here as well. This is identical to clearing your history from Safari. Let's cancel that. 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 browser, usually to personalize your experience. That's how sites like Amazon.com can display your name at the top of their page when you visit them. If you have an account with Amazon, they place the cookie in your browser, so the website knows it's you when you visit the next time.
Clearing cookies stops that from happening. And the data here in Clear Cookies and Data refers to other items like the browser's cache, which 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 the site you're visiting 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. All right, so there's your lesson on Bookmarks, Favorites, History and clearing your Safari History, Cookies and Data.
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