What every Safari user should know

Try these keyboard shortcuts

One road to becoming a more accomplished Mac user is memorizing and using keyboard shortcuts. Safari has a few that I’d like to recommend.

Email this Page (Command-I): Press this command, and your default email application will open, create a new message, and insert the Web address for the page you’re currently viewing into the message. Just address and send the email to share the page.

Show All Tabs (Shift-Command-\): Even many seasoned Safari users are unaware of this view. When you invoke this command, tabs shrink down so that they’re viewable within a single window. If your Mac has a trackpad, you can swipe between the tabs. If you have a mouse, just click the small dots below the pages to move from page to page. Apple has demonstrated a similar view in iOS 7’s version of Safari.

Show Downloads (Command-Option-L): At one time, Safari had a separate Downloads window. Now, to view your downloads, you click on the Downloads button (the downward-facing arrow) in the top-right corner of a Safari window. Faster still is using this shortcut.

Zoom In (Command-Plus), Zoom Out (Command-Minus): Do you find text too tiny or too large on a page you’re viewing? Use these shortcuts to zoom in and out.

Previous Page (Command-Left Arrow), Next Page (Command-Right Arrow): Clicking the Previous and Next buttons in Safari’s toolbars is largely unnecessary when you’ve memorized these shortcuts. (Optionally, instead of the arrow keys, you can use the left and right bracket keys that appear just to the right of the keyboard’s P key.)

Add Bookmark (Command-D): This simple keyboard shortcut keeps you from having to choose Bookmarks > Add Bookmark.

Open bookmarks in Bookmarks bar (Command-1 though Command-9): Suppose you’ve placed nine items in the Bookmarks bar. You can invoke any of those nine items by pressing Command and then the number associated with an item. For example, if Amazon.com is the third item in the bar, press Command-3 and you’ll be taken to Amazon’s site. (You can’t open folders using this shortcut, however.)

Open your favorite sites with one click

It’s likely that you visit the same websites day after day. Wouldn’t it be convenient if, with a single click, you could open all those sites in multiple tabs? You can. Here’s how.

Create a folder that, with one click, will open all pages within it in separate tabs.

Choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. At the bottom of the leftmost pane, click the plus button (+) to create a new folder. Give the folder an intuitive name such as Daily Reads. Now browse through your other bookmarks and drag any that you wish to add to your daily reads to this folder. When you’ve finished, drag the folder into the Bookmarks bar. Click on the Bookmarks Bar entry that appears in the leftmost pane and locate your Daily Reads folder. Click on the checkbox that appears under the Auto-Click heading. When you do this, a small square will appear next to your Daily Reads folder in the Bookmarks bar.

Now, when you want to view all the pages in that folder, just click on it. The pages within will open in separate tabs.

Odds and ends

If you’d like to see where a particular link will take you, choose View > Show Status Bar. A gray bar will appear at the bottom of Safari windows. Hover your cursor over a link, and its associated address will appear in the status bar.

You can open certain file types in Safari simply by dragging them to the Safari icon in the Dock. For example, drop an image file on top of the Safari icon, and it will open in a Safari window or tab. This works similarly with plain-text files, PDF documents, and many movie and audio files.

If a website won’t work because it requires a browser other than Safari, you can trick that site into cooperating with your browser. Choose Safari > Preferences, select the Advanced tab, and enable the Show Develop menu in menu bar option. As requested, a Develop menu will appear. When you encounter one of these stubborn sites, choose Develop > User Agent. You’ll see a list of browser names. Choose one that’s likely to be compatible—Internet Explorer 8, for example, and then reload the page by pressing Command-R. With luck, the site will let you in, believing you’re using one of its “approved” browsers.

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