iPad Safari Favorites

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Safari has actually been a leading mobile browser since the first iPhone hit the streets in 2007. It brought us the internet on a mobile device without any compromises and a striking set of new features to take pleasure in the mobile web with.

On the iPad’s bigger screen Safari is an even more compelling experience. It’s clearly one of the most secondhand apps on the iPad and has result in the iPad controling amongst tablets in internet browsing share. Among the cool functions of Safari that’s not turned on by default is the Favorites Bar– a convenient area for one-tap access to your favorite web sites, just below the top address bar.

Here’s the best ways to enable and use the Favorites Bar on the iPad:

– Open the Settings app and scroll down the left sidebar and tap on Safari.

– On the Safari page on the right, to the bottom of the General area, you’ll see ‘Program Favorites Bar’. Tap to turn it on (the button will be green and white when it’s On).

iPad Safari Show Favorites bar

Once you’ve actually done that you’ll see the Favorites Bar simply below the address bar in Safari. Apple begins you off with a couple of recommended links in the bar– to their own site and a couple of others. You can keep or remove those default websites, as well as add and eliminate websites to personalize the bar to your heart’s material.

To edit the sites on the Favorites Bar, tap on the Bookmarks button just to the right of the address bar at the top of the Safari screen– shown in the screenshot at the top of this post. Then tap on Favorites, then on the Edit button at the bottom of the Favorites listing. You can then tap on the red minus symbol to the left of any website name to get rid of that website from the favorites list, tap and hold and drag on the slider control to the right of any website name to move it up or down the list, and hit New Folder to include a new folder to consist of a group of preferred sites.

To include a site to the Favorites Bar you initially go to the website you want to include. Then tap on the Share button simply to the left of the address bar and tap on the Bookmark button in the popup.

iPad Safari Bookmark

Next you’ll see the Include Bookmark dialog. On that Popup you can edit the name for the site (they generally contain a long site description that uses up too much space on bench), and select the location for the bookmark. That’s where you’ll inform it to position this bookmark on the Favorites Bar. To do so, simply tap on the word ‘Place’ at the bottom left of the Include Bookmark popup.

iPad Add Bookmark

Then tap on Favorites in the Choose Folder popup.

Choose Folder

And voila, your selection will now be contributed to the Favorites Bar.

A good little additional function in Safari is that when you tap on the New Tab button (the + symbol on top right) it’ll show you icons for your Favorites list for fast access to them, like so:

iPad Safari New Tab

What’s on your Favorites Bar in Safari on the iPad?