Take Control of Safari 6
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 143

Sure, nearly anyone can get around well enough on the Web in Safari. But Apple has been improving Safari for years, and it has a treasure trove of features that most people never notice. No one ferrets out those features - and their shortcuts - better than Sharon Zardetto. She wrote this ebook to help you use Safari faster, smarter, and better than ever before.

You'll start your advanced Safari education by customizing your environment, especially its toolbar, bookmarks, and top sites. Then you'll explore key browsing techniques, including how to access sites you've visited in the past quickly, load multiple Web pages at once, and sync open tabs among your Apple devices. You'll also find advice on how to go beyond the basics for searching both the Web in general and any page you're viewing, fill out forms, automatically, manage stored passwords, keep pages around to read later, and discover the most worthwhile extensions that expand Safari's feature set.

Specifically, you'll learn how to:

  • Load any link into a new tab or window, or into your Reading List.
  • Organize your enormous bookmark collection.
  • Unearth a page in your history, even it's not bookmarked or in your Reading List.
  • Read a multi-page, ad-ridden article in a reader-friendly layout.
  • Prevent snoops from tracking where you've been on the Web.
  • Update a password that Safari has stored.
  • Learn how to make Safari fill in most forms for you.
  • Expand too-small text fields for easier typing and editing.
  • Add pages to your Reading List for later perusal, whether online or offline, and even on a separate device.
  • Block ads, zoom images, show passwords as you type, and more with helpful Safari extensions.

What about compatibility? Safari 6 runs in 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, but its feature set is slightly restricted in Lion, and Sharon points out the differences. For 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.5 Leopard, read Take Control of Safari 5.)

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    Comments about oreilly Take Control of Safari 6:

    Reading Take Control of Safari 6 will increase your appreciation for Safari.

    One of our user Macintosh group members wrote that he would probably have to change browsers. He was so disappointed when Safari 6 did not contain the SnapBack icon to jump back to Google search results, and some other changes.

    If you are not totally thrilled with the new Safari 6, read Take Control of Safari 6 by Sharon Zardetto. You will learned about the wonderful new things that Apple added in Safari 6 like using the new address field to load a page if it recognizes the URL, or to start a Google search and see a drop down list of suggestions.

    You will learn about new and old ways to work faster and better with Tab View, and about how to share Tabs with your other devices in iCloud.

    You will learn how to use the new Share button to share URLs or whole web pages, and how to add items to the wonderful Reading List to read off-line or to store for future reference. You will learn how to share a web page as a link only, as a web page, as a Reader, web page, or as a PDF.

    You will increase your appreciation for Safari when you read Take Control of Safari 6 and learn how to look up your user names and passwords, and you learn to add extensions to customize your experience with Safari 6.

    Sharon Zardetto writes and explains well. I had no problems when trying what I was learning on my Mac.

    But, it did take much longer than I expected before I felt I could write this review because there is so much to lean about Safari and Safari 6 in Take Control of Safari 6.

    If Apple does not restore the SnapBack button in an update to Safari 6, I believe most people will willingly select History > Search Results SnapBack to jump back to the Google search page rather than give up the wonderful things they will have learned to do by reading Sharon Zardetto's Take Control of Safari 6.
    I received this book for inclusion in a Macintosh User Group raffle.

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