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Web browsing with Safari

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Web browsing with Safari

In this chapter, we're going to look at using iOS' built-in web browser Safari to surf the web, and we'll see some other cool tricks you can do while you're surfing around on the Internet. Let's begin with a quick tour around Safari. You launch Safari by tapping its icon. Now, I'm looking at a new blank browser window. If you've previously used Safari, you'll most likely see the last page you were browsing when you reopen it. Let's start our tour at the top of the screen, and work our way down. First, we have the address bar. This is where you enter the URL or address of the website you want to visit.

Web browsing with Safari

In this chapter, we're going to look at using iOS' built-in web browser Safari to surf the web, and we'll see some other cool tricks you can do while you're surfing around on the Internet. Let's begin with a quick tour around Safari. You launch Safari by tapping its icon. Now, I'm looking at a new blank browser window. If you've previously used Safari, you'll most likely see the last page you were browsing when you reopen it. Let's start our tour at the top of the screen, and work our way down. First, we have the address bar. This is where you enter the URL or address of the website you want to visit.

Just tap in the field once, and type in the address of the website you want to see. For example, maybe I want to visit apple.com. Notice that you have a '.com' button here so you can just tap it once to add the .com to the address. Now, before we visit apple.com, I'm going to delete the .com, and show you another cool tip. Hold down on the .com button. And after a second, you get the other options of .net, .edu, .us, and .org. So, you also don't have to type out those options if the website you're visiting ends with one of them. Also, if you have international keyboards activated as we saw how to do earlier, the corresponding domains will also show up.

For example, if you have the Chinese keyboard set up, you'll see .hk, .tw, and so on. But I want to go to apple.com, so I'll leave it as is and tap Go. So now, I'm looking at apple.com on my iPhone, and I'm seeing it exactly as it looks on a browser on a computer. Notice how quickly it loaded too. When you're on a Wi-Fi network, web pages will load just about as fast on your iPhone or iPod touch as they do on your computer. If you're on an iPhone and you're connected to your cellular provider's network, your speed is going to depend on which network type you're connected to. The older 3G networks will tend to load pages very slowly, while LTE networks may provide faster service than even some home Wi-Fi services. All right.

So, that's the address bar where you type in the address of the web pages you want to visit. The other thing I want to mention about the address bar right now is that this is also where you find the button to reload or refresh the page which is the circular arrow to the right of the field. If you need to reload the page, maybe you want to see if it's been updated since you last loaded it, just tap the Reload button. Notice while the page is loading, the Reload button turns into an X which is the Stop button. You can tap the Stop button to stop the page from loading. Lastly, when you tap into the Address bar to type in a new address, notice we have an X in a circle here.

That's the button to clear the entire address field, so you have an empty field to type in, without having to hold down the Delete button. But I do want to stay on this page for the moment, so I'll tap Cancel. All right. So, that's the Address bar. To the right of that is the Search bar. By default, Safari uses Google as its built-in search engine. So, any term, or phrase you type into the Search field will be submitted through Google. Let's tap in the Search field, and let's search for me, Garrick Chow. And I'll tap Search. Now, notice in the address bar that we're looking at the search results at Google.com.

Google is one of the many websites that recognizes when you're visiting your site on an iPhone or iPod touch, and then presents you with the page formatted to look good on your device. Notice I don't have to scroll left or right to view my results. I just scroll up and down. I can see here that lynda.com shows up as one of my top results. To visit any link on a web page, just tap it. Now, we're looking at my page on lynda.com. Let's go to the homepage. lynda.com has been optimized to detect mobile browsers, so it defaults to our mobile site on the iPhone.

Also, like many sites with mobile versions, we offer you the ability to switch to the full site. Now, it's not very easy to read the page at this size, most web pages are designed to be viewed on computer monitors, which are wider than they are tall, and we're currently browsing on the iPhone in Portrait orientation. You might find it easier to flip the phone to Landscape to view the web page. That makes things a little easier to read. The only thing about Landscape mode is you might find it more difficult to comfortably hold the phone, or iPod touch in Landscape than in Portrait.

Let's flip it back to Portrait, and I'll show you a few other ways to make web pages easier to read. Now, as you might expect, you can use the pinching out method to zoom in on a web page, and then drag around to look at different portions of the site this way. Maybe here I want to look at the blog. Having the page larger makes it much easier to click on a link. In this case, the blog opens in a new browser window, and I'll talk about that in just a moment. So, the text in the main portion of the blog here on the left side of the screen is really tiny right now because Safari loads pages so you can see their entire width.

Now, as we just saw, we can pinch out to zoom in. But a much easier and quicker method is to simply double-tap the column of text you want to read. So then, back to its original size here, and I double tap, it's resized and repositioned to perfectly fit on my screen. And I think you'd agree that the text is much easier to read at this size. Double-tapping the text again zooms back out to the Full Page Width View. Now, there's another thing about double-tapping web pages that I want to mention. When you're zoomed in, double-tapping near the top or bottom of the screen will scroll the page up or down.

The closer you tap to the top or bottom, the more the page will scroll, which is pretty cool. But if you double-tap too close to do the center, the page will just zoom out. So, it does take some practice to figure out exactly where to double-tap to scroll, and where to double-tap to zoom in and out. Also, as we've seen in other applications, tapping once at the top of the Safari screen will immediately scroll you all the way back to the top of the page. All right. Let's look at the buttons across the bottom of the screen. Currently, the first two buttons on the bottom-left are grayed out. Those are the Back and Forward buttons. I'll just click the title of this first blog post to go to that entry.

I can see now that activates the Back button. This works just like the Back button on any other web browser. Tap it once to go to the previous page. Once you've done that, the Forward button becomes available. Tap it to go to the page you were just on. The center button is the Share button, and we've seen this in action before. It gives you several options for sharing, printing, copying, or saving the content of the page you're on. We'll come back to this a little later. The Next button is for adding bookmarks, and viewing your history which are a pretty robust set of features, so we'll look at them in their own upcoming movie.

And the final button on the lower-right corner of the screen is the Pages button. Sometimes you want to visit another website or a web page without losing the page you're currently viewing. Just tap the Pages button, and here you can tap New Page to generate and open a new blank browser page. I'll tap in the address field, and let's visit apple.com again. Notice the Pages icon now has a little 3 in it indicating that I have three Safari windows open. Another scenario in which you might want to open a new window is if you want to follow a link on a web page, but again, without closing the current web page.

For example, maybe here on Apple's page, I want to tap the iPhone image to read more about the iPhone. But I also want to leave the Apple homepage open. All I have to do is hold down on the link, and after a second, some buttons appear. Select Open in New Page. And as you can see, that generates a new page and loads the Links page, and you can see the Pages button now indicates that I have 4 pages open. I can switch back and forth between my open web pages by tapping the Pages button, flicking to the one I want, and then tapping it to view it.

You can have up to 8 pages open at once. If you've reached your 8 page limit, or if you just want to close a page you no longer want open, tap the Pages button, and tap the X button to close the page. Even if you only have one page open, you can still tap the Pages button and tap the X to close it, leaving you with just a single blank browser page. Okay. So, that's the basics of loading and browsing web pages in Safari. In the rest of this chapter, we'll look at other things you can do while using Safari to surf the web.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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