How to start private browsing in Safari

Date: August 1, 2012 10:59 PM

Topic: How to start private browsing in Safari

The new Safari, version 6, has an improved private browsing mode.

Private browsing lets you surf the web without leaving traces of where you go. So instead of Safari saving your history, cookies, and autofill information, in private browsing mode, all these should disappear once you close the browser window or turn off private browsing. In private browsing mode, Safari will not save files and information in the cache either.

Here’s how you activate private browsing in Safari 6 in OS X:

  1. Click on “Safari” in the toolbar on top of the screen
  2. Click “Private Browsing”
  3. A dialogue box will appear asking you to confirm if you want to turn on private browsing. Click OK.

Private browsing mode in Safari is now easier to use.

And that’s it. You have turned on private browsing in Safari.

Want to find out how to turn it off? It’s even easier.

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How to Delete Browsing History and Private Data in Google Chrome

So you’ve been surfing the net. But you don’t want nosy coworkers or family members to see where you’ve been. If you’ve turned on private browsing, then your browser won’t be storing a record of websites you’ve visited.

How do you delete the browsing history, download history, contents of the browser cache, and cookies?

If you haven’t turned on private browsing, then you just have to delete your history when you are done. How do you do this in Google Chrome?

More after the jump.

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How to Show / Hide Bookmarks Bar in Safari in Mac OSX

Apple’s Safari is a nifty Web browser with a clean look, a nice RSS reader function, and powerful bookmarking options. One of the things I like is the convenient Bookmarks Bar (found right below the Address Bar) where you can add bookmarks that you can move around simply by dragging the bookmarks.

But have you ever looked at Safari and wondered where the Bookmarks Bar went?

Or do you have a Bookmarks Bar that you wished would disappear for whatever reason? Okay, so maybe Safari’s Bookmarks Bar does not appear or disappear randomly. However, you might want to show or hide it and you suddenly you can’t figure out how to.

The Bookmarks Bar is a useful feature of Safari. You can show or hide Safari's Bookmarks Bar in Mac OSX using the Mac toolbar or with a keyboard shortcut.

Read more after the jump.

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Check Dictionary Definition of a Word in Safari in Mac OSX

A wonderful dictionary app, the New Oxford American Dictionary, comes preinstalled in Mac OSX. The dictionary can run as a standalone app or as a widget you can keep active in the dashboard.

The Mac OSX Dashboard has a Oxford American Dictionary widget with which you can look up definitions and synonyms.

What you may or may not know is that you can look up dictionary definitions without leaving the application you are using. In Safari, you can see the definition of a word you are reading in three easy steps. The same steps will also show synonyms from the Thesaurus.

Hover your mouse pointer over word you want to look up.

Find out how after the jump.

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How to Cycle through Safari and Chrome Tabs Using a Keyboard Shortcut

Tab browsing has been a blessing for people who want multiple web pages open at the same time. Before, computer desktops could get quite messy with so many windows open, and in the bad old days of pop-up ads, really really annoying.

There's a keyboard shortcut for cycling through tabs in Safari and Google Chrome

Nevertheless, browser tabs, combined with the power of Exposé in Mac OSX, desktops have become a little less confusing. There are ways to control the browsers to give you greater control of your browing. One is by cycling through tabs using a simple keyboard shortcut.

It’s fairly easy to click on tabs in browsers such as Safari, and Google Chrome in Mac OSX. But you can also cycle through browser tabs: There is a keyboard shortcut for that.

Find out what it is after the jump.

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