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Safari Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop

May 29th, 2012

Safari is the default browser for the iPad. Open new tabs using the “+” symbol at the top right of the browser window. Close tabs by tapping the small “x” symbol on the left side of the active tab. Another feature within Safari is the Reader option that is available on some sites. It allows you to read just an article from a website without all of the surrounding stuff. Look for the Reader button in the right side of the URL field.  Safari browser Reader button

screen shot of the Share options within Safari on the iPad

Add Bookmark
Add a bookmark to give yourself an easy way of checking back with a favorite website. You may add a bookmark to the Bookmark list, to the Bookmarks Bar just below the URL field in Safari, or to any sub-folder you may have created within Bookmarks.

Add to Reading List
This feature allows you to save particular pages from a website or articles to read at a later time. See Reading List below.

Add to Home Screen
This feature adds a website link in the form of an icon to your iPad’s home screen. Consider creating a home screen icon for MyBama, the eTech iPad blog, or other frequently visited websites.

screen shot of the Safari bookmarks menu on the iPad

Bookmarks (illus. above)

Within the Bookmarks button you will find your Reading List, your browsing history, the ability to clear your browsing history, and a list of any bookmarks or bookmark subfolders you may have created. Bookmarks can be synced using iCloud (as long as your office or home computer are running iCloud with Lion OS for the Mac or Windows 7) making bookmarks that you save on your home or office computer instantly available on your iPad (and visa versa).

screen shot of Safari Reading List from the iPad

Reading List (illus. above)

Reading List allows you to save particular web pages for viewing at a later date. This feature also syncs with iCloud so that your Reading List will be available to you on all of the computers you are running that have Safari and iCloud enabled. Currently, Reading List within Safari has no offline reading options, though those are rumored to be in development.

-Rebecca Johnson

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