⌘-click to open links in new tabs

Command key

When browsing web pages it’s more efficient if you open each link into its own tab rather than into its own window or loading it into the window you’re using. It’s easy to do: just hold the ⌘ key while clicking the link. When you do it that way, the linked page loads in the background while you remain on the page you were on. This is especially useful when doing Google searches as you can quickly skim the search results and quickly ⌘-click the items that look promising, without leaving Google. Later, you can click each tab to bring it forward.

Here’s how it looks in Chrome. It’s very similar in Safari and in Firefox.

Chrome Tabs

You might have to visit the preferences for your browser. Look for something like this (Safari’s preferences shown here):

Safari preferences

Nothing to it.

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Reopen all windows from last Safari session

safari history reopen all windows

Ever quit Safari by mistake, with a bunch of windows open, then wish you could somehow go back to where you were, with all of those windows open again? If that’s your situation, get back to where you were by starting Safari, going to the History menu, and choosing Reopen All Windows from Last Session. 

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How to be faster with Safari, Firefox, and Chrome

1. Before you type a URL into Safari, Firefox, or Chrome you have to click in the right place, right? Wrong. You can jump to the address bar by pressing ⌘-L on your keyboard, regardless of where your cursor is when you press it. Whatever is in the address bar will become highlighted, and you can type right over it. No need to press Delete to wipe out what’s there– just type right over it.

2. Now that you’re typing a URL, watch the address bar as it may figure out what you’re typing, and fill in the rest for you. When you see the address spelled out for you just hit Return (or Enter) on the keyboard. You don’t have to type all the way to the end. Websites you go to often will only require a couple of letters from you. For example, when I type “o” in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome I’ll see “oneminutemacman.com” as a suggestion. After only one letter! All I have to do from there is press Return or Enter.

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Figure Out Your Passwords via Safari’s Preferences

Safari compass iconYou’ve probably noticed Safari filling in your username and password on certain sites. That happens because you told Safari to remember your username and password, probably a long time ago. And now you don’t remember the password and Safari shows it as bullets, like so:

•••••. Not very helpful if for some reason you need to know what that password is.

Turns out there is a way to figure out what those bullets stand for.

1. Go to Safari/Preferences… and go to Passwords (across the top). It looks like this:

Safari Passwords box

2. Click on the password (or passwords– ⌘-click) you’re interested in.

3. Check the box that says “Show passwords for selected websites” at bottom left.

Safari will pop up a box asking you to supply your administrator password (the one you use when installing software, or maybe when you turn the machine on). After you do that, you’ll be asked to allow access to the Keychain (at least once, maybe twice– click “Allow” each time). After that you will see the passwords in plain text. Yay.

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