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Six quick Safari tips

Little things mean a lot—especially when tiny tips save time. Ramp up your Web-browsing skills with these speed-friendly techniques for Safari 6.

1. Open a link in a new tab

When you type something into Safari's Address Search Field and click Return to see the top search hit, the new page replaces the current one, as you'd expect. But if you want to keep the current page around, you can: Press Command-Return to open the top hit in a new tab, or press Shift-Return to open it in a new window.

2. Jump to the Address Search Field

Want to enter a URL or search string, but don’t want to take your hands off the keyboard to click? You can move into the combo address/search field by using either of the keyboard commands formerly used for the separate address and search fields: Command-L or Command-Option-F.

3. Bookmark a page instantly



When you want to create a bookmark quickly, grab the page's favicon (the icon in front of its address) and drag it to the bookmarks bar.

Create a new bookmark on the bookmarks bar by dragging the favicon (the icon in front of the URL) from the address field into the bookmarks bar. The bookmark's default name will be selected, so you can immediately type in a new one if you want to.

4. Rename a bookmark

Quickly rename an existing bookmark by pressing it—that is, by clicking and holding down the mouse button or trackpad instead of just clicking or tapping—until the name is activated for editing.

5. Jump to a Tab-view tab

When you’re in Tab view (View > Show All Tabs, Command-Shift-\), the row of dots beneath the sample window does more than indicate how many tabs are lined up. Click a dot to go directly to the tab it represents—the last one for the last tab, for instance. If you have a trackpad, you can move from one tab to another by swiping with two fingers.

Click one of the dots under the window in Tab view to jump directly to a tab that isn't adjacent to the current one.

6. Go backward and forward in browsing time

Click and hold down Safari's Previous or Next button to see a list of pages that you've visited in the current window. Hold down Option at the same time to see URLs instead of page titles.

You may already know that if you press (click and hold down) the Previous button or the Next button to the left of the Safari window, a menu of all the pages you’ve visited in that “direction” will appear in the current window. If you didn’t know that, consider it your bonus tip. If you did know it, here’s the twist: Hold down Option while pressing either button, and the menu will list URLs instead of page titles.

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