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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Bookmarks (and the Sidebar)

When you find a Web page you might like to visit again, do yourself a favor: Bookmark it. Bookmarking a site adds it to a list of favorite sites so it’ll be easy to find again later.

Actually, “a list of favorite sites” isn’t quite accurate; Safari actually offers three places to store your bookmark listings. There’s a Bookmarks menu. There’s the Favorites bar (a horizontal gray bar of buttons for your favorite favorites). And there’s the master list, the Bookmarks list in the Sidebar; as you can see by (a) in Figure 19-6, this list lets you further categorize your bookmarks by putting them into folders.

Adding Bookmarks

Because bookmarks are such an important part of browsing the Web, Apple gives you a bunch of different ways to create one. For example:

  • Press-D, or choose BookmarksAdd Bookmark. As shown by (d) in Figure 19-6, Safari offers to add this Web page’s name (or a shorter name that you specify for it) into the Bookmarks menu, into one of your Bookmarks folders, or onto the Favorites bar (b). The next time you want to visit that page, just select its name in whichever location you chose.

    Tip

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

  • Drag the tiny Web-page icon from the address/search bar directly onto the Favorites bar. As shown by (c) in Figure 19-6, you’re offered the chance to type a shorter name for your new Favorite.

    Figure 19-6. Here’s “Bookmarks: The Missing Manual.” (a) The Sidebar ...

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