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What every Safari user should know

Christopher Breen | June 28, 2013
Some Safari tips and tricks.

Keep it clean
Considering the large number of intriguing sites around the Web—and given our ability to display multiple sites within Safari—none of us should be surprised when the browser becomes a jumbled mess of countless tabs and overlapping windows. Thankfully, there are ways to make the open pages within Safari easier to view.

One is by dragging the tabs. It's a pain to have to flip between tabs to, say, compare the information on one page with that of another. So don't. Instead, drag one of the tabs to the desktop. When you do, the tab opens in a new Safari window. (You can also choose Window > Move Tab to New Window, or Control-click (right-click) on the tab and choose this same command.

Similarly, you can move tabs between open Safari windows. To do that, just drag a tab from one window to another.

If you have loads of tabs open and you'd prefer to close all of them except the one for the currently active page, hold down the Option key and choose File > Close Other Tabs (or press Command-Option-W).

Staying on the low-down
You, dear reader, and I have nothing to hide. But people you know may. And because they may, it's worth your while to pass along these tips for maintaining a low profile in Safari.

The first way to do this is to launch Safari and choose Private Browsing from the Safari menu. Do so, and you'll learn that Safari won't store the pages you visit in its history, won't keep a record of where you've gone, and won't store AutoFill information. This is a command that you must invoke each time you launch Safari if you don't want this information stored. And that makes sense, since much of the time you do want Safari keeping track of this kind of information so that you can more easily revisit websites. But on those rare occasions when you're searching for a new job from the computer at your current job, you may not wish to leave tracks.

If you've already been places that you'd prefer that Safari not remember, you can obscure your trail after the fact. To start doing so, choose History > Clear History. In the window that appears you can additionally choose to reset Top Sites. If that's not enough for you, choose Safari > Reset Safari. A window appears that allows you to choose exactly the information you'd like Safari to forget. In terms of tracking, the ones you should enable are Clear History, Reset Top Sites, Remove All Website Data (meaning cookies), Clear the Downloads List, and Close All Safari Windows.


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