Opening Safari in Mac OS X Lion - dummies

Opening Safari in Mac OS X Lion

By Bob LeVitus

You use the Internet to connect your Mac to a wealth of information residing on computers around the world. Luckily for you, Mac OS X Lion has the best and most comprehensive Internet tools ever shipped with a Mac operating system.

Before you can surf the Internet in OS X Lion (or on any computer, for that matter), you need to connect to it. If you’re a typical home user, you need a modem (or other connection like DSL or satellite), an account with an ISP (an Internet service provider — for example, a cable or telephone company that provides your Internet connection), and a Mac.

With your Internet connection set up, you’re ready to browse the web. Safari is the web browser installed with OS X Lion, so Safari is a good place to start when explaining how to surf the web in Lion.

If you don’t care for Safari, check out OmniWeb, Firefox, or Chrome, which are all free and have features you won’t find in Safari.

To begin, open your web browser. As usual, there’s more than one way. You can launch Safari by any of these methods:

  • Clicking the Safari icon in the Dock (look for the big blue compass that looks like a stopwatch)

  • Double-clicking the Safari icon in your Applications folder

  • Single-clicking a URL link in an e-mail or other document

  • Double-clicking a URL link document in the Finder

When you first launch Safari, it automatically connects you to the Internet and displays the default Apple start page.