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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Bookmarks, Favorites, and Top Sites

Another way to begin your web session is to click a bookmark.

In any web browser, bookmarks are essential. They represent sites you want to visit again later. By picking one from a list, you save yourself the trouble of searching the web or typing out an address.

Safari happens to be overrun with systems of adding and choosing bookmarks; you can’t move your cursor without bumping into one. Read on.

Adding a Bookmark

When you find a web page you might like to visit again, do yourself a favor: Bookmark it.

Here’s how:

  • Press ⌘-D, or choose BookmarksAdd Bookmark. Proceed as shown in Figure 17-3.

  • Press Shift--D to add the bookmark to the menu instantly. No questions asked, no dialog box presented.

  • Point to the far-left edge of the address bar; hold your cursor down on the button that appears. This time, you get a pop-up menu of the standard locations (Favorites, Bookmarks Menu, and so on); choose where you want this bookmark stored. This is a quick method, but it doesn’t offer you the chance to rename the bookmark.

When you add a bookmark, Safari offers to memorize this web page’s name, or a shorter name that you specify for it.You also have to specify where you want to save your new bookmark; as you can see, Safari offers several options.There’s the Bookmarks menu, or any folders you’ve set up inside it.There are the Favorites, a special set of bookmarks that you think you’ll use a lot. They get their own special screen and their own special bar, as you’ll read in a moment.There are the Top Sites (page 690).Finally, there’s the master list, the Bookmarks list in the Sidebar; as you can see by (a) in Figure 17-4, this list lets you further categorize your bookmarks by putting them into folders.

Figure 17-3. When you add a bookmark, Safari offers to memorize this web page’s name, or a shorter name that you specify for it. You also have to specify where you want to save your new bookmark; as you can see, Safari offers several options. There’s ...

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