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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Tabbed Browsing

Beloved by hard-core surfers the world over, tabbed browsing is a way to keep a bunch of web pages open simultaneously—in a single, neat window. Figure 17-12 illustrates.

Turning on tabbed browsing unlocks a whole raft of Safari shortcuts and tricks, which are just the sort of thing power surfers gulp down like Gatorade:

  • If there’s a certain set of websites you like to visit daily, put the bookmarks into one folder, using Bookmarks→Add Bookmark Folder and the Bookmarks organizer window. You can then load all of them into a single tabbed window, simply by selecting the resulting “folder” in the Bookmarks menu—or the Bookmarks bar—and choosing Open in Tabs from the submenu.

    The beauty of this arrangement is that you can start reading the first web page while all the others load into their own tabs in the background.

  • A variation on a theme: When you have a bunch of pages open in tabs, you can drag the tabs across the window to rearrange the order. When you have them the way you want them, right-click (or two-finger click) a tab and then choose Add Bookmarks for “These [number] Tabs” from the shortcut menu. You can save your tabs to the Bookmarks bar and load all those pages with one click.

    Top: Set up tabbed browsing in Preferences→Tabs. (For best results, turn on “When a new tab or window opens, make it active.”)Bottom: Now, when you ⌘-click a link, or type an address and press ⌘-Return, you open a new tab, not a new window as you ordinarily would. You can now pop from one open page to another by clicking the tabs just under your Bookmarks bar, or close one by clicking its button (or pressing ⌘-W).

    Figure 17-12. Top: Set up tabbed browsing in Preferences→Tabs. (For best results, turn on “When a new tab or window opens, make it active.”) Bottom: Now, when you ⌘-click a link, or type ...

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