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How to Look at Web Links with Safari

Surfing the web on the iPad would be a real drag if you had to enter a URL in Safari every time you want to navigate from one page to another. That’s why bookmarks are so useful and why handy links are welcome, too. Because Safari functions on the iPad the same way that browsers work on your Mac or PC, links on the device behave in much the same way.

Text links that transport you from one site to another are typically underlined or shown in blue, red, or bold type, or merely as items in a list. Tap the link to go directly to that site or page.

Tapping other links leads to different outcomes:

  • Open a map: Tapping a map launches the Google Maps application.

  • Prepare an e-mail: Tap an e-mail address, and the iPad opens the Mail program and prepopulates the To field with that address. The virtual keyboard is also summoned so that you can add other e-mail addresses and compose a subject line and message. This shortcut doesn’t always work when an e-mail address appears on a web page.

To see the URL for a link, press your finger on the link and hold it there until a list of options appears, as shown in the figure.

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Use this method also to determine whether a picture has a link. Just hold your finger down on the picture, and if it’s linked, you see the web address the link points to.

As for the other link options shown, here’s what they do:

  • Open: Opens the page in this tab.

  • Copy: Copies the link’s URL to your iPad’s Clipboard so that you can paste it elsewhere.

  • Reading List: When you visit a web page you’d like to read, but just not now, tap Add to Reading List.

  • Open in New Tab: Opens the page in a new Tab. To switch tabs, just tap the tab. To close a tab, tap the gray X that appears on the left edge of the active tab.

Not every web link cooperates with the iPad, most notably, those with Adobe Flash video. If you see an incompatible link, nothing may happen — or a message may appear, asking you to install a plug-in.

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