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Bookmarks, History, and Reading List

You can always visit a web page by typing its address in the field at the top of Safari. But the app also has a way for you to get to your most frequently visited sites easily, find a page you recently visited, or save a page to read later.

Using Bookmarks and Favorites

Bookmarks allow you to save the web pages you visit most often and then access them with just a few taps. Favorites are bookmarks that appear at the top of the Safari browser for easier access.

  1. Use Safari to navigate to any web page.
  2. Tap the Share button at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add Bookmark.

  4. Edit the title of the bookmark. The official title of the web page is prefilled, but you can use the keyboard to change it. You can tap the X to clear the text and start fresh.
  5. Tap Location to place the bookmark in a bookmarks folder.

  6. You can choose to place the bookmark in Favorites, so it will appear at the top of the Safari window where you can easily find it.
  7. Or you can put it in Bookmarks, where you can select it from the Bookmarks menu.

  8. Tap Save to finish creating the bookmark.
  9. To use a bookmark, first tap the Bookmarks button. This opens up a sidebar on the left. In vertical orientation, this sidebar closes when you choose a web page to view. In horizontal orientation, the sidebar stays until you tap the Bookmarks button again.
  10. Find the bookmark in the list and tap it to go to that web page. These would be any bookmarks you saved by using step 7.
  11. If you put the bookmark in Favorites or another folder, such as in step 6, you have to tap that folder name first to dig down to find the bookmark.

  12. When you create a new tab, the bookmarks you put in your Favorites folder will appear as icons for quick access to those pages. For more about tabs, see “Opening Multiple Web Pages with Tabs” later in this chapter.

Using History

Safari keeps track of which web pages you have visited. You can use this history to find a page you went to earlier today, yesterday, or even several days back.

  1. After using Safari to view several pages, tap the Bookmarks button at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap the first tab at the top of this menu to view your bookmarks and history folders.

  3. You may already be viewing your history at this point. If the top of this menu reads History instead of Bookmarks, then you are. Otherwise, tap the History item to go into your history. It is also possible that you have dug down into a bookmarks subfolder. If you see a label with a left-facing blue arrow at the top of the list, tap it to move up a level until you get to the main bookmarks list that includes Favorites and History.

  4. Tap any item in the list to jump to that web page.
  5. Previous pages you have visited are broken into groups by date.
  6. Tap the Clear button if you want to clear out your browsing history. For instance, are you about to hand your iPad to your spouse right after shopping for their birthday present?

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