How to use the Safari web browser on the Mac

Here is how to use some of the best features packed into Appleā€™s Safari web browser. Become a Safari expert, apply these tips for Safari on the Mac, plus learn about some of the new features coming in Safari with El Capitan.

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  • 1 SharedLinks Shared Links sidebar
  • 2 Endless Scrolling Endless Scrolling
  • 3 Retweet Retweet from Safari
  • 4 Top Sites Top Sites
  • 9 Close Other Tabs Close Other Tabs
  • 5 Flash Allow Only Flash for YouTube
  • 7 Reopen Sites Reopen all windows
  • 6 Space to Scroll Space to Scroll
  • 8 Private Browsing Private Browsing
  • 10 Save Image Copy Image
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Coming in El Capitan: Safari Reader fonts

New to Safari in El Capitan are some new display preferences in the Safari Reader view.

In the Yosemite version of Safari, you could make the text larger or smaller, in El Capitan you will be able to also choose from four colour themes and eight typefaces.

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New to Safari in El Capitan are some new display preferences in the Safari Reader view.

In the Yosemite version of Safari, you could make the text larger or smaller, in El Capitan you will be able to also choose from four colour themes and eight typefaces.

 

Step 2 of 12: Coming in El Capitan: Better Safari AirPlay integration

Safari in El Capitan will be gaining better AirPlay integration with the Apple TV. 

You will see an AirPlay icon on any video that is compatible for streaming via AirPlay. Just click on this icon to stream the video to your TV via your Apple TV (assuming you have one).

This will send just the video, you won’t need to mirror your whole screen.

 

Step 3 of 12: See what your friends are sharing on Twitter in Safari

Click on Control + Command + 3 to open Shared Links in the sidebar. (Or click the square icon next to the arrow icons and choose the @ tab).

This shows you all the links that have been shared by people you follow on social media.

Scroll up to reveal a Search field. You can use this to discover what your social network is saying about a subject.

If you haven't entered your Twitter or Linked In details you need to go to System Preferences > Internet Accounts, click on Twitter and add your ID and password.

 

Step 4 of 12: Endless Scrolling on Reading List and Shared Links

Open Reading List (Control + Command + 2, or click the open book icon in the left hand column) to view any pages you’ve added to your Reading List.

If you want to add an article to your Reading List, open the page you want to add, and hover the mouse over the Smart Search Field. An Add ('+') icon appears to the left, click it to add the page to the Reading List.

This allows you to read the article later, but it also means that you will be able to read it offline, so it's perfect if you are going to be somewhere with no signal, eg the Tube.

If you are using the trackpad on a laptop, scrolling down to the end of an article Safari will jump straight to the next articlen in your Reading List or Shared Links so you can keep on reading. It will mark the original article as Read.

Find out What's the best internet browser for Mac 

 

Step 5 of 12: Retweet directly from inside Safari

You can retweet directly from inside Safari using the Retweet button at the top of the page.

This only appears if you have accessed a page from the Shared Links sidebar, though.

Click on the Twitter profile picture to head directly to that user’s page.

To share a page that you have found yourself on Twitter, click on the Share icon (the box with an arrow coming out of it) and select Twitter.

 

Step 6 of 12: Adjusting Top Sites

When you first open Safari, or if you open a new tab you can see a page of your Favourites (select the star icon), or a page of your Top Sites (select the grid of dots icon). 

You can adjust the Top Sites to show 6, 12 or 24 sites. To add and remove Top Sites hover over the preview until you see an X and a pin icon. Pin those sites you wish to keep, and click X on those you don't image you will want to find again. The sites that appear in Top Sites tend to be those you visit most frequently.

 

 

 

 

Step 7 of 12: Close Other Tabs by holding down Option

You can hold down the Option (Alt) key and choose File > Close Other tabs to get rid of all the tabs in Safari except for the page you are looking at.

 

Step 8 of 12: Turn Flash on for YouTube only

Click on Safari > Preferences > Security  and Website Settings (next to Internet plug-ins) to view the Flash plug-in change the When Visiting Other Websites setting to Ask.

Now visit YouTube and click Allow to allow Flash from that Website.

You can click Block to other websites (or go back to Manage Website Settings and change the default to Block).

In related news,  HTML5 premium video is now supported. This brings digital rights management to Safari in HTML5.

 

Step 9 of 12: Reopen all windows from last session

Click History > Reopen All Windows from Last Session to quickly recover all the windows you were recently looking at.

Read: How to export bookmarks from Chrome to Safari

 

Step 10 of 12: Press Space to scroll down a page

It’s a basic tip but most people forget it. You can tap Space to scroll down a page while reading.

It’s often quicker and easier than reaching for the mouse or finding the Page Down button.

 

Step 11 of 12: Private Browsing

To open a Private Browsing window click shift, command and N. You can tell it's a private window because the URL field will be grayed out.

Hold down Option (Alt) while picking Private Browsing to quickly switch it on and bypass the 'Do you want to switch on Private Browsing?' alert window if you happen to see it frequently.

Read more: How to keep your browsing history secret with Private Browsing on iPad, iPhone and Mac

 

Step 12 of 12: Copy an Image straight from Safari

If you work with images online you’ll appreciate this time-saver.

Instead of dragging an image from Safari to the Desktop, you can Control+Click it and choose Copy Image to send it to the clipboard.

Now open a photo editor (like Photoshop or Pixelmator) and create a new document (it will automatically have the same proportions as the image in the Clipboard.)

Press Command + V to paste the image straight from the Clipboard into the image editing application.

Read more about Tips for using Photos on the Mac here.

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