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Customizing Browser Settings with Your iPad and Safari

Part of the iPad All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting on the Internet with your iPad is easy using its Wi-Fi or 3G/4G capabilities. After you’re online, the built-in browser, Safari, is your ticket to a wide world of information, entertainment, education, and more.

You can customize and enhance your Safari experience by accessing and modifying the settings in the following table; simply tap the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tap Safari. Some of the security settings, such as Fraud Warning and JavaScript, are a bit advanced for beginning users, so you might just want to leave the default settings as they are.

Setting Description
Search Engine Choose among Google, Bing, and Yahoo! search engines.
Passwords & AutoFill Turn on AutoFill to automatically complete contact information, names, or passwords as you type.
Favorites Quickly access Favorite bookmarks when you enter an address, search, or create a new tab.
Open New Tabs in Background Specify that tabs you open appear behind the current tab.
Show Favorites Bar Turn on the display of the Favorites tab in the Bookmarks menuFavorites bookmarks when you’re searching, or creating a tab or entering a URL address.
Block Pop-ups Turn this feature on to block any pop-up windows from being displayed while browsing.
Do Not Track Automatically removes items from the download list, stops Safari from letting AutoFill save information used to complete your entries in the search or address fields as you type, and doesn’t save browsing history information.
Block Cookies Specify whether to accept cookies only from sites you’ve visited, or to never or always block them.
Smart Search Field Turn on features to enable search engine suggested sites or to let Safari preload top hit sites.
Fraudulent Website Warning Alerts you when you're visiting what could be a fraudulent website.
Clear History Tap to clear the history of sites you’ve visited online in the browser.
Clear Cookies and Data Clear any cookies that have been created on your iPad.
Advanced Displays stored data from websites you’ve visited and allows you to activate a Debug Console, useful to advanced users.
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