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Surfing the Web on the iPad

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The iPad is a beautiful web surfing device. Its size is perfect for web pages, and your ability to touch the screen lets you interact with content in a way that even a computer typically cannot. In this chapter from My iPad, 7th Edition, you learn about Safari, the browser built in to the iPad. You can use it to browse the Web, bookmark web pages, fill in forms, and search the Internet.
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The iPad is a beautiful web surfing device. Its size is perfect for web pages, and your ability to touch the screen lets you interact with content in a way that even a computer typically cannot.

Browsing to a URL and Searching

Undoubtedly, you know how to get to web pages on a computer using a web browser. You use Safari on your iPad in the same way, but the interface is a little different.

At the top of the Safari browser is a toolbar with just a few buttons. In the middle, the largest interface element is the address field. This is where you can type the address of any web page on the Internet, or enter a search query.

  1. Tap the Safari icon on your iPad to launch the browser. Unless you have rearranged your icons, it is located at the bottom of the screen, along with your other most commonly used applications.

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  2. Tap in the field at the top of the screen. This opens up the keyboard at the bottom of the screen. If you were already viewing a web page, the address of that page remains in the address field. Otherwise, it will be blank.

  3. Start typing a search term or a URL such as apple.com or macmost.com.
  4. The area to the right of where you are typing will fill with a complete address and description, trying to predict the URL you want. You can ignore this and keep typing until you have completed the URL. You can then skip to step 6.
  5. As you type, suggestions based on previous pages you have visited and past web searches from other users appear. To go directly to one of these pages, tap the page in the list.
  6. Otherwise, tap the Go button on the keyboard when you finish typing. If you typed or selected a URL, you will be taken to that web page.

  7. Notice that the address field at the top of the screen shows you the domain name for the website you are visiting, but doesn’t display the complete URL of the specific page of that site you are on.

    If you typed a search term, or selected a search from the list, the term will remain at the top and you will get a page of search results.

  8. Tap on any result to jump to that page.

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