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safari startupThe browser is the gate to the virtual world, and with the dawn of the cloud era, when all computing elements will be stored in the net, browsers will play an even more important part in our life.

One of the popular names in the browser world is Safari. It’s the default browser for Mac, so it’s only logical that Safari is widely used in the Mac community. But even in the Windows realm, where Safari is not the number one choice, it still one of the top alternatives. If you are a Safari user, or have plans to try it, here are three useful Safari startup tricks that you might not be familiar with.

Please note that the following screenshots are taken from Safari for Mac, but they are applicable to the Windows version as well.

Continue The Last Session

It’s obvious that the ability to resume browsing sessions should be built into modern browsers, so it’s unclear why some major browsers still haven’t implemented this feature yet. Safari has a similar feature, and you can access it by going through the “History – Reopen All Windows from Last Session” menu.

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Unfortunately, you have to do it manually every time you restart Safari. To enable this feature automatically, you’ll need help from Safari extensions like Glims Safari Search Plugins Showdown: Glims vs Inquisitor [Mac Only] Safari Search Plugins Showdown: Glims vs Inquisitor [Mac Only] Read More or SafariRestore.

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If you accidentally close one of Safari’s open windows, you can quickly reopen it – along with all the tabs – using the “History – Reopen Last Closed Window” menu.

Many Ways To Start

One nice feature of Safari that I haven’t found in other browsers is the ability to really customize the way you want Safari to start. You can find the settings inside the Preferences window (Command + Comma on Mac or Ctrl + Comma on Windows).

One common thing between Safari and other major browsers is the ability to set a webpage as the homepage. To do this, type the URL of the page in the “Home page” field, or open the page that you want inside Safari and click the “Set to Current Page” button.

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You can set the home page to be opened every time you open a new window by choosing “Home Page” from the drop down list next to “New windows open with“.

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Other options you can pick are: Top Sites, Empty Page, Same Page and Bookmarks. But the main course of this option is the ability to open many pages at once. Choose the “Choose tabs folder“, then pick one of the tab folders from the list. Everything inside the folder will be opened whenever you open a new window.

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You have a more or less similar option for new tabs, but you can’t choose a tab folder here.

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But how can you add and customize tab folders? You can use the “Bookmarks – Add Bookmark Folder” menu to add the folder, and then drag and drop the saved bookmarks into the folder.

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Or you could also open all the pages you want to include in the folder and go to “Bookmarks – Add Bookmark for These XX Tabs” menu, where XX is the number of the open tabs.

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Then give a name for the bookmark folder, and choose the location where you want to save this folder.

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Congratulations, you have just created your own tab folder.

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Start At The Top

One of the options you can choose to start a new window or tab is “Top Sites“. This choice lets you quickly pick and open pages, either from Safari’s History or from the list of frequently opened sites.

The History tab will display the page list in a cover flow-like arrangement, and let you scroll to the items from side to side.

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The Top Sites tab arranges the frequently opened sites in a matrix. You can choose the small, medium, or large boxes by clicking on the tab on the lower right corner of the screen.

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You can customize the Top Sites view even more by clicking the “Edit” button on the lower left part of the screen. Two buttons will appear on the top left corner of each page, giving you options to remove individual item from the list, or pin it to the matrix so the particular item will always be present.

safari startup

If you are a Safari user, you’ll find these Safari startup tricks to be useful. They will help you work faster and more efficiently. If you are not a Safari user, maybe these tricks could give you a good reason to try Safari?

Are you a Safari user? Do you have any more Safari startup tricks? If so, please share using the comments below.

  1. Vaibhav chatarkar
    October 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    nothing new or excited told !

  2. Billy
    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I'm quite frustrated because Lion/Safari no longer gives me the option of starting up with my homepage and also have new pages open as the same page.

  3. Allison
    August 28, 2011 at 2:36 am

    This has nothing to do with the article but about your blue share bar that is on this page. You guys have been my favorite site, but it looks like the only way I can enjoy you anymore is through my e-mail subscription. There are 9 bars on this page as I type, Clicking on them will get rid of part of the bar sometimes. Or they just pop up again farther down the page. I can't read the articles, and I can't get rid of them. I am using Safari on my MacBook pro. If this is my fault (not being able to get them to go away)I sure would like to find out how to stop it. Like I said, this is my favorite website but  I won't be able to (nor want to fight these bars) come back here. Am I the only one that hates these new share bars?

    • Tina
      August 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Allison,

      I'm sorry to hear that you're having such issues with our website! I hope we can solve it.

      There should only be one single 'blue share bar' at the very bottom of every page and it should not hover over any critical parts of the page. I don't see what you are describing in the latest version of Firefox or Chrome on Windows 7.

      What version of Safari are you using? Can you please provide a screenshot of what you are seeing? You can send it to tina at makeuseof dot com.

    • Aibek
      August 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Hey Allison,

      please send us a screenshot so that we can investigate this. We can't seem to replicate the problem on our end.

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