How to be a Safari power user

Tips for using Safari on the iPad

Safari - Web browsing on the iPad

Safari - Web browsing on the iPad

Apple’s web browser for Macs and PCs is called Safari. On the iPad and iPhone, the built-in browser Safari, is often called “Mobile Safari.”

Add a Web Page to your Home Screen

Add a Web Page to your Home Screen

You have the option of creating a “shortcut” to a webpage by adding an icon to the home screen of the iPad instead of adding it to the Bookmarks. To do so, tap the Share/Open In button and select “Add to Home Screen.” A small pop-up will show you what the icon will look like on your home screen, and you can name the page whatever you like.

 

Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed Browsing

Every modern Internet browser offers tabs today, and Mobile Safari now does as well. A tab defined: you can have several pages open at the same time and switch between them using the tabbed pages.
Simply tap a tab to switch to it, and close it by tapping the small “x” on the left side of the tab. To create a new tab, tap the “+” sign to the far right.

Manage the Way a New Tab Opens

Manage the Way a New Tab Opens

On the iPad, you can open a web link in a new tab by tapping and holding it, then selecting “Open in New Tab” from the pop-up menu.

Nice, but you can also choose how you’d like that new tab to open: either in front of your other browser tabs (if you like seeing a new tab right away), or behind them (if you prefer to view new tabs after you’ve finished reading the current one). You can change the behaviour of browser tabs and the bookmarks bar from the Safari settings menu.

 

From Settings, tap Safari in the left-hand column.
Under the General heading, find the “Open New Tabs in Background” setting; select “On” to make new browser tabs open behind your other open tabs, or “Off” to make new tabs open right in front of you.

Change Your Default Search Engine

Change Your Default Search Engine

Next to the URL bar at the top of Mobile Safari, you’ll see the search box that probably displays a grayed out “Google.” Most of us are happy using Google, but if you go into the iPad Settings and select Safari, you can change this default search engine to either Yahoo! or Bing.

 

How to Change the Default Search Engine

How to Change the Default Search Engine

You can choose from 3 different search engines: Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Re-Open a recently Closed Tab

Re-Open a recently Closed Tab

if you close a tab too quick and want to recover it, you can tap and hold the “+” sign on the far right. This will pop up a list of “Recently Closed Tabs.”

 

Open Links in a New Tab

Open Links in a New Tab

By default, a link opens in the same tab that you’re currently viewing. But if you go into the iPad Settings and select Safari on the left, you can turn on the option to “Open New Tabs in Background.” Now back in Safari, you can tap and hold a link to access the option “Open in New Tab” which will open and load the link in a new tab while leaving you on your current tab.

Get Quick Access to your Browsing History

Get Quick Access to your Browsing History

The back arrow on the far left side of Mobile Safari will take you back one page. But if you tap the Bookmarks button, and then the History button, you’ll get a pop-up list of all the sites you’ve visited in your current browsing session and over the past two weeks.

Reader

Reader

When you visit a site that that you want to read, but are completely distracted by all the ads and boxes that surround the text, look in the URL bar of Mobile Safari and tap the “Reader” button. This brings up an overlay window that beautifully presents just the text from the article, minus all the other junk. When you’re done, simply tap the Reader button again to go back to normal.

The same article - without the distractions

The same article - without the distractions

Add a Web Page to the Reading List

Add a Web Page to the Reading List

While everyone knows how to create Bookmarks, Apple introduced a similar feature called “Reading List.” You can add a webpage to your Bookmarks or Reading List in the same way – tap the Share/Open In button and tap “Add to Reading List.” As long as you have iCloud set up across your devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.), your Reading List will automatically be synced to each device.

Managing the Reading List

Managing the Reading List

To view pages in your reading list:
1. Tap the Bookmarks button and then 2. Tap the Reading List (the glasses) button.
3. To delete a page from your reading list, swipe left to right and the Delete button will appear. Tap Delete.
4. You can also select from Read and Unread pages
5. Tap the + button to add the open page to your reading list.

View bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar

View bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar

For those web sites you visit frequently, put them in the Bookmarks Bar. To enable it, go to Settings > Safari > Always Show Bookmarks Bar.
The bookmarks Bar sits just above the active open tabs.

Zoom in on Websites

Zoom in on Websites

You can zoom in on any website by pinching out with two fingers on the screen. This also makes it easier to select words and tap links. To zoom out again, just pinch in with two fingers. Double-tap on any text or image to auto-zoom so it fills the screen.

Find Text on a Web Page

Find Text on a Web Page

You can search for a particular word on an open page in Safari. Type your word into the Google search box. You'll see a list of suggestions appear, and near the bottom you'll see "On This Page", showing how many times that word appears on the page. Tap the Find option to go to the first instance of the word.
In this example, the word: Triggered appears in the web page. Typing it into the Search bar and it finds one instance of the word.