Web Browsers

When you need to save a link to a web page so you can read it later, but don’t expect to need it after that, consider using Safari’s Reading List feature. It’s a simple list of saved links that’s geared just for this purpose. Watch this video to see the numerous ways to add a web page to your Reading List and how easy it is to browse the list and view the pages in it.
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Sometimes you want to open a single bookmarked web page, but other times you need to open a bunch of related sites. Maybe you like to start your day with the same set of tabs like a news site, Facebook, and your web-based email site. You could open each one at a time, or you could use one or both of these tricks to open them all at once.
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When you expect to return to a web page regularly or you’ve found a great site that you don’t want to lose track of, it’s best to bookmark it. In this video I walk through adding bookmarks to the Bookmarks Menu and Bookmarks Bar, and using the Bookmarks List to organize your bookmarks. I demonstrate the features of Safari, but they will be nearly the same in other browsers too.
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All popular web browsers let you save your favorite web pages as “bookmarks” (or some browsers call them “favorites”), but there are other ways to save a web page that you might want to come back to later. Which method is best depends on how often you expect to return to the page, how you like to organize your projects, and if you need to view the page when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Watch this video to see four different ways to save a web page. Three of them are available in any browser (possibly with minor terminology changes) and one (the Reading List) is specific to Safari. [click to continue…]


Do you regularly visit some websites just to check one section of a web page? Maybe a “Most Popular Now” list, a local weather forecast, sports scores, or a frequently updated featured video? Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily keep tabs on those sections with a single keystroke?

Safari and the Mac Dashboard makes this easy with a feature called Web Clips. You highlight the web page section that interests you and Safari can place it right on your Dashboard as a new widget. Then, every time you view your Dashboard (usually with the F4 key), the widget you made will display an always updated view of that Web Clip. You really have to see it to believe it, so watch this video to see how easy it is. [click to continue…]


On the Mac and in web browsers like Safari, you can perform almost every function using your mouse or trackpad. As Apple enables more and more multi-finger gestures, sometimes you don’t even need to find a button to click on. I’m sure I do a three-finger swipe left at least 100 times a day to go back a page in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. (Yes, I use all three.)

But when you’re filling out a form on a web page, it quickly becomes a hassle to keep moving your hand back and forth between the keyboard and mouse or trackpad as you navigate through the form. Wouldn’t it be great if you could move through the form without taking your fingers off the keyboard? Well, there is! Just watch this video to see the few keyboard shortcuts that will have you filling out forms much faster. [click to continue…]


How to follow along with video tutorials

September 13, 2011 Mac OS X

This may sound silly but here’s a video about how to watch videos. Please stick with me a minute. My Mom was having trouble remembering all the details in some Mac Help For Mom videos, so I asked how she was using the videos. She said she took notes while watching and then would try […]

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How to email a web page

June 8, 2011 Email

You’re looking at a great web page, maybe an insightful article or a funny video, and you want to email it to some friends. Should you try to copy the contents of the page and paste it into an email message, or should you just send your friends a link to the web page? Will […]

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How to open windows and tabs from your previous browser session

June 1, 2011 Web Browsers

You’ve got a bunch of browser windows or tabs open–one for email, one for Facebook, your favorite news site, and a few articles you read halfway before getting distracted. You need to shut down or restart your computer but you’d like to open all those windows and tabs the next time you start your browser. […]

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How to annotate a printout or PDF in Preview

May 18, 2011 Mac OS X

Sometimes you’d just love to add some comments to a page you are about to print. Or maybe you want to highlight an important section by highlighting the text or putting an oval or rectangle around it. The Preview application makes this really easy with its Annotation Toolbar. In this video I show you how […]

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