The Safari Window on Your MacBook - dummies

By Mark L. Chambers

You can launch Safari directly from the Dock on your MacBook, or you can click the Safari icon within your Applications folder. Major sections of the Safari window include

  • The toolbar: You’ll find the most often used commands on this toolbar — for tasks such as navigation, adding bookmarks, and searching Google. Plus, here you can type or paste the address for websites that you’d like to visit.

    The toolbar can be hidden to provide you with more real estate in your browser window for web content. To toggle hidden mode, press Command+| (the vertical bar right above the backslash) or choose View→Hide/Show Toolbar.

  • The Bookmarks bar: Consider this a toolbar that allows you to jump directly to your favorite websites with a single click or two. Remember that you can toggle the display of the Bookmarks bar by choosing View→Hide/Show Bookmarks Bar or by pressing Command+Shift+B.

  • The Content pane: Congratulations! At last, you’ve waded through all the pregame show and you’ve reached the area where web pages are actually displayed. As can any other window, the Content window can be scrolled; when you minimize Safari to the Dock, you get a thumbnail (minimized) image of the Content pane.

    The Content pane often contains underlined text and graphical icons that transport you to other pages when you click them. These underlined words and icons are links, and they make it easy to move from one area of a site to another or to a completely different site. You can tell when your cursor is resting on a link because the cursor changes to that reassuring gloved hand.

  • The status bar: The status bar displays information about what the cursor is currently resting upon, such as the address for a link or the name of an image; it also updates you on what’s happening while a page is loading. To hide or display the status bar, press Command+/ (forward slash) or choose View→Hide/Show Status Bar.