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“Take Control of Safari 5” Documents Apple’s Web Browser

It was just over seven years ago that Apple made Safari the default Web browser for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, and in that time it has matured into a standards-compliant, multi-platform, feature-rich powerhouse of a Web browsing application, available to users of Macs, Windows, and Apple’s iOS devices. At various times, and in various venues, Steve Jobs and others have unveiled new Safari features and capabilities, but there was never a really detailed account of all that Safari could do—until long-time Mac expert Sharon Zardetto unveiled her take on the browser last year with her book, “Take Control of Safari 4.”

Now she has tackled the latest version of Safari in the just-released and richly enhanced “Take Control of Safari 5,” which provides even more insights, advice, tips, and tricks for users to take advantage of, learn from, and enjoy.

In the 136-page “Take Control of Safari 5” (nearly 50 pages longer than the previous edition) you can gain practical knowledge, such as how various trackpad and Magic Mouse gestures work in Safari, what to do about cookies, and how to obtain, manage, and safely use the flood of Safari extensions that developers are turning out at an accelerating pace. Sharon provides useful, practical ways to keep track of and readily use bookmarks and browsing history so you can always find the pages and information you’ve been looking for. The book even dives beneath the surface to offer insights into the operation of Safari’s JavaScript Nitro Engine, and how the browser supports the emerging HTML5 standard.

In its pages, “Take Control of Safari 5” provides the answers to many questions, including:

  • How do I load six Web pages at once?
  • Now that I’ve loaded six pages, how do I best work with them?
  • How do I bookmark a page I want to return to?
  • How do I import Firefox bookmarks?
  • I’m a pack rat. How should I organize and access my bookmark collection?
  • I forgot to bookmark a great page I saw yesterday. How can I find it again?
  • How can I read a multi-page Web article without clicking to switch pages?
  • How do I find the word “marshmallow” in the text of a huge Web page?
  • How do I erase my history to keep my housemate from snooping through it?
  • Where does Safari store Web site user names and passwords?
  • Help! What do I do when a stored password stops working?
  • How do I use Safari to read RSS articles from different sites?
  • How do I install the My eBay Manager extension?
  • How can I turn Safari into a “clipping service” that grabs RSS articles from different sites when they mention certain topics?

Times have changed since the days when Apple had to rely upon the kindness of Microsoft to provide Mac users with a Web browser. There are now a number of capable browsers for us Mac users to choose from, and sometimes it’s easy to overlook the one browser that comes bundled with every Mac. Sharon’s book, however, reveals just how much Web-browsing goodness we might miss out on if we did.


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Comments about “Take Control of Safari 5” Documents Apple’s Web Browser
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Robert Ralston  2010-11-08 19:15
Does this guide show how to set print margins in Safari? I've never been able to get a wider margin on the left so my recipe printout when hole punched doesn't lose text. I always have to print recipes from Firefox.
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-11-09 10:38
The Safari ebook doesn't talk about how to get wider margins. I looked around on the Web and tried a few things and my conclusion (after 5 minutes) is that there is no good way to get a bigger left margin in Safari. You can get a bigger right margin by changing your Scale in the Print dialog, but that's not helpful.
Motorcycle Michael  2010-11-08 19:23
Ever heard of Cyberdog? Netscape? MS was dead last to come up with a web browser. Some things never change.....
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-11-09 07:18
Alas, Cyberdog (and all of OpenDoc) was pretty much dead at launch. And Netscape back in the day was more arrogant than Microsoft, so Internet Explorer ended up in a lot of bundle positions - like with the Mac OS and my Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh book - because Netscape was too hard to work with.