In spite of gaining a huge popularity in the web browser market, many of Safari’s useful and productive features are still unknown to users. As a result, most of you aren’t able to use Apple Safari to its full potential. Sensing this need, we’ve curated a list of Safari tips and tricks for Mac that will perk up your browsing experience. Let’s get going!
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Picture in Picture
The handiest of all Safari features, Picture in Picture allows you to watch videos in a resizable window so that you can simultaneously do other things on your Mac. The feature works on almost all popular video streaming websites. All sites have a different method to enable this feature. For instance, on YouTube, you’ll have to right-click twice on a video to open the contextual menu. Click Picture in Picture. Your video will pop out in a small frame. You can drag it anywhere on the screen.
Search Between Tabs
If you tend to open several tabs while browsing, you may have felt that it’s quite difficult to search for the one you need. That’s where Safari becomes better than its other counterparts. It neatly organizes different tabs on the tab switcher page. So, whenever you want to find a tab, simply click “Tab Preview” button > press cmd + F shortcut > type the webpage name you want to search.
Customize the Favorites Screen
The screen that shows up when you open a new tab and click on address bar is known as Favorites Screen. Safari displays two types of web page links on the Favorites Screen: Favorites and Most Visited. It lets you edit your favorite pages. All you need to do is simply open a web page, click Plus (+) button at the right side of URL bar to open the drop-down menu and click on Favorites. From now on, you will see this web page link on the Favorites Screen.
The next in line on our list of useful Safari tips and tricks is Reader view, which lets you view web pages without ads, menus, and everything else that clutter up web pages. Moreover, you can change the formatting of the text as per your reading preferences. In order to enable Reader View, open a web page and click on the Reader Mode button at the left side of the URL bar.
Customize the Toolbar
Add and remove any icons and default buttons such as “Downloads” and “Print” from the toolbar whenever you want. Simply, right-click on the toolbar and click “Customize Toolbar”. Now, drag your favorite items to the toolbar.
Turn Off Notification Pop-ups
As a web surfer, you may have felt annoyed when a pop-up window interferes your browsing experience. Rather than denying the request every single time, it is better to turn notification pop-ups off for all websites you visit.
Open Settings page in Safari and go to Notifications. Now, uncheck “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications”.
Instead of scratching your head to find a tab you left open, you can dock it in the left corner of the tab row. To pin a tab, right-click on it and click “Pin Tab”. And now, whenever you need it, you can open it using Command+1 or Command+2, depending on its place in the row.
Preview URLs in Status Bar
While other web browsers like Chrome and Firefox let you see the complete URL of a web page in the status bar when you hover your mouse over a link or web page, Safari has disabled this feature recently. But you can turn it On by clicking on View > Show Status Bar.
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Spotting a word you’re unfamiliar with? Simply follow this next trick on our list of Safari tips and tricks. Using only a simple keyboard shortcut, you can get the dictionary meaning and Wikipedia info without moving to another page. To do so, press Command + Control + D and continue your reading without a hitch.
Save Web Pages as PDFs
What makes this feature appear on our list of Safari tips and tricks is the popularity of PDF files. Many users prefer PDF files to Word Documents for various reasons: portability, mobility, and many interactive functions supported by the PDF format. As not all web content is found in PDF formats, you have to use extensions on your web browser to save a web page in PDF file. On Safari, on the other hand, you don’t require a special extension to do the task. Instead, do the following:
- Launch Safari on your Mac
- Open the web page you want to save as a PDF file
- Bring up the Print Menu by pressing Command + P on the keyboard
- Click on the PDF button and click “Save as PDF”
- Select a file name and destination for your file
- Click on Save
Use iCloud Tabs
You can access tabs that you left open in Safari on your other Apple devices by using iCloud Tab feature. To set up iCloud Tab feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > iCloud and turn On Safari. Enable the feature on your Mac too by going to Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud. Now, turn Safari On.
Once you’ve set up this feature, you can use it anytime by clicking on the tab switcher. A list of all open tabs on your other devices will be shown at the bottom of the page. Here, you can close and open tabs on your other Apple devices as per your choice.
Change User Agent
This Safari feature is useful for you if you’re a web developer and create websites. By changing the user agent of your browser, you can check how a web page looks on another device. To change the user agent, click Develop > User Agent. Now, select a user agent like iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Though the reason why Safari is popular is mainly due to the web browser’s simplicity, sometimes you just want to extend its functionality to take your browsing experience to the next level. That’s where extensions come handy. Some super-productive extensions that Safari has to offer are given below:
- Todoist Quick Add: Lets you keep track of your tasks like visiting a web page and add them to a Todoist list.
- Ginger: Get assisted with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and translations of the highlighted words, phrases, and even the whole web pages.
- Similar Sites: Finds the similar sites to the one you’re visiting, displayed nicely in a curated list.
- uBlock: Prevents most YouTube ads from getting in your way while enjoying your favorite videos.
One of the most alluring options of Apple’s Continuity Features, Handoff allows you to start a task on one Apple device and finish it off on another. This is the reason why we’ve included Handoff on our list of useful Safari tips and tricks. Before you decide to enable Handoff on your Apple devices, make sure you fulfill some requirements, first.
- Run OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later
- Sign in to the same Apple ID on all Apple devices
- Connect to the same WiFi network
- Your Mac must support Bluetooth LE
To turn Handoff On, go to System Preferences > General on your Mac and tick the box that says “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”. Once the feature is enabled, a shortcut will be docked in the upper-left corner on Safari.
Learn Keyboard Cheat Sheet
Safari endows its users with some amazingly useful keyboard shortcuts to elevate their browsing experience. Some of these shortcuts are given below:
- Open a New Tab: Command + T
- Switch between Tabs: Control + Tabs
- Add your current page to Reading List: Shift + Command + D
- Max Screen: Shift + Command + M
- Jump to Address Bar: Command + L
- Hide/Show Tool Bar: Command + I
- Clear Browser Cache: Option + Command + E
- Close Safari: Command + Q
Apply these Safari tips and tricks on your Mac and share your experience with us via the comments section below.
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