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Surfing the Web with the iPad 2

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In this chapter, 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.
This chapter is from the book
  • Configuring Safari Settings
  • Browsing the Web

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.

If you have been using the iPhone or the iPod touch to browse the Web, you immediately notice how you no longer have to pinch and rotate to read text or see links. The screen size is much more ideal for web pages than a mobile phone device.

Browsing to a URL

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.

  1. Touch the Safari icon on your iPad to launch the browser. It might be located at the bottom of the screen, along with your other most commonly used applications.

  2. Tap in the address 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 URL such as apple.com or macmost.com.
  4. As you type, suggestions based on previous pages you have visited appear. To go directly to one of these pages, tap the page’s address in the list.
  5. Tap the Go button on the keyboard when you finish typing.

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