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OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Unified Address/Search Bar

There are all kinds of ways to begin your Web surfing session. Perform a search. Click a bookmark. On the following pages: a rundown of these starting points.

Often, of course, you’ll want to type in a Web address; that’s the purpose of the address/search bar identified in Figure 19-1. In OS X, a single, unified box serves as both the address bar and the search bar.

The Safari window offers tools and features that let you navigate the Web almost effortlessly. These toolbars and buttons are described in this chapter.Note to laptop luggers: Safari’s mass of window-top strips and bars are condensed in Yosemite, leaving more vertical screen space for your actual Web-viewing pleasure.

Figure 19-1. The Safari window offers tools and features that let you navigate the Web almost effortlessly. These toolbars and buttons are described in this chapter. Note to laptop luggers: Safari’s mass of window-top strips and bars are condensed in Yosemite, leaving more vertical screen space for your actual Web-viewing pleasure.

If you type a Web address there, like amazon.com, then pressing Return takes you to that Web site; if you type anything else, like cashmere sweaters or just amazon, then pressing Return gives you the Google search results for that phrase, as described next.

In general, it’s handy to have a combined address/search bar (many other browsers work this way, too). Unfortunately, it means that you can no longer leave off the .com when you’re typing an address—a longtime advantage of Safari’s smart address bar.

A few important buttons come installed on the toolbar. They include these:

  • Back, Forward. Click the Back button () to revisit the page you were just on. Keyboard shortcut ...

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