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Synchronize Safari Bookmarks, Notes, and iPad Advanced Settings

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you choose to set up your iPad data synchronization manually, you can synchronize Safari bookmarks and notes on your iPad with your Mac or PC. Select your iPad in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes screen. Then click the Info button, which is to the right of the Summary button.

The Info pane has five sections: Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Other, and Advanced.

Sync Safari bookmarks and notes on iPad

The Other section has a mere two items: Sync Safari Bookmarks and Sync Notes.

Select the check box for Sync Safari Bookmarks if you want to sync your Safari bookmarks; don’t select it if you don’t.

Just so you know, the iPad syncs bookmarks with the following web browsers:

  • Mac: Safari

  • PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Safari

Select the check box for Sync Notes to sync notes in the Notes application on your iPad with notes in Apple Mail (Mac) or Microsoft Outlook (PC).

Note that on a Mac, you must have Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later installed to sync notes.

Replace data on iPad with data from computer

Every so often, the contacts, calendars, mail accounts, bookmarks, or Notes on your iPad get so screwed up that the easiest way to fix things is to erase that information on your iPad and replace it with information from your computer.

If that’s the case, go to the Advanced section of the Info pane and click to select the appropriate check boxes, as shown in the figure. Then, the next time you sync, that information on your iPad will be replaced with information from your computer.


Because the Advanced section is at the bottom of the Info pane and you have to scroll down to see it, you can easily forget that the Advanced section is there. Although you probably won’t need to use this feature very often (if ever), you’ll be happy you remembered that it’s there if you do need it.