Navigating the Web

Entering the URL for every page you want to visit is lots of work, plus it requires you to know the URL of every page you want to visit—a highly unlikely situation. That's why the web has multiple navigation mechanisms. Entering the URL is just the basic way, and it's a fast way to go some place new. For example, if you hear about a new Apple product, typing in the Address and Search field is easy to do.

You may notice a list of suggested websites appear below the Address and Search field as you type in a URL. Apple provides a list of possible matches as you type; click an item in the list to have that URL entered for you, saving you some typing.

New Feature

The suggestions list in OS X Mountain Lion's Safari 6.0 now shows more than a list of websites you've previously visited that seem to match the URL you are entering. It now shows a Top Hit entry with its best guess as to the website you want and a list of suggested sites found by searching the web, plus its history list is expanded to include matching items you've bookmarked. Finally, there are new menu options to search for what you are entering in your browser history (covered later in this chapter) and on the currently open web page.

Using hyperlinks

When you're at a site such as Apple's, you'll notice hyperlinks, or highlighted text and images that when clicked open a different web page. Hyperlinked text is usually displayed in blue and underlined, while hyperlinked pictures usually have a blue ...

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