Safari browser is Apple’s official browser. If you happen to use it on your Mac or other Apple devices, then we have some interesting things to share with you. By mastering the use of it, you should become a super Safari user in no time!
An Introduction to Safari
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, Safari is used to browse the web. Usually, for mobile devices your Macs, it comes in an app form. Safari is the default browser for Macs, iPads, and iPhones. So, if you ever try to open a link from an SMS or an email, it will automatically open in Safari.
Safari vs. Other Web Browsers
If you are thinking that Safari is completely different from other web browsers out there, think again. Truth be told, it is not. The only thing that makes it different from other web browsers is its exclusivity to Apple devices. That’s it.
Why Use Safari as a Mac Browser?
As a web browser, it is obvious that Safari does not get enough credit. For some, it seems inefficient. Others believe it is underpowered. However, Safari actually has features that will make you think twice about using other web browsers again. That includes the following:
1. Customizable Toolbar
Safari is popular for its minimalist design. So, if you don’t like seeing those ugly icons on your toolbar for the extensions you installed, this browser might just be for you. Not only can you customize its toolbar to hide the icons; you can also delete the default buttons such as the tab switcher and downloads for a cleaner view.
2. Disable Notification Pop-Ups
Do you enjoy reading blogs? If your answer is a ‘Yes’, you might have experienced being greeted by push notifications prompting you to subscribe to newsletters, whenever you visit a blog site. True, they are very annoying. But if you really want to read, simply disable push notifications.
- Go to Preferences > Websites > Notifications.
- Uncheck the option at the bottom that says, Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications.
3. Mute Tabs
Sad to say, autoplay videos are widespread across the web. That is even true on Facebook. As a result, when you open several tabs, you will have to check every tab to know where an audio is coming from. Fortunately, Apple understands the struggle. They designed Safari in such a way that tags a certain tab that is playing music with a speaker icon.
4. Save a Page as PDF
With Safari, you don’t have to download and install a special extension to export a web page as a PDF. Just do the following:
- Go to the File
- Click Export as PDF.
- Select a destination folder where you want to save the page.
- Finally, click Save.
5. Enable Reader View
For a minimal, distraction-free browsing, you can enable the reader view in Safari.
- Click the Reader Mode button located at the leftmost part of the URL bar.
- Enable Reader View.
- Change the fonts and text size if you want.
Enjoy Surfing the Web with Safari
Simplicity is one of the reasons why many Mac users love Safari. However, there are times when you need something more. In times like that, particularly when security and device efficiency are involved, external applications and tools come in handy.
For a secure and worry-free browsing experience, we suggest you install Outbyte MacRepair on your Mac. That way, potential threats, and malware are filtered and blocked as you browse the web, and unnecessary cache files generated by Safari that eventually builds up and consume valuable space are deleted.