How to Use Safari on an Apple iPadby David Weedmark
Safari, the default Web app on Apple iOS devices like the iPad, works much the same as Web browsers on a computer. However, if you're not used to touchscreens or tablets, take a few minutes to exploreSafari's features and settings.
Tap the **Safari** icon. When the app opens, tap the address bar at the top of the screen. If you don't have a Bluetooth keyboard connected, the iPad's virtual keyboard opens. Type a URL, like "google.com," or enter keywords to search for a website. As you begin typing, Safari makes recommendations below the address bar based on your browsing history, favorites and what most people search for. For example, even if you never visited Google.com before, when you begin typing "goo," Safari will offer you the Google website. Tap a link when it appears or tap the **Go** button on the virtual keyboard.
Drag your finger up and down the screen to scroll through a Web page. Most websites today are optimized so they fit horizontally on the iPad's screen. However you will still encounter websites that aren't. The text on these will be difficult to read, or you may need to drag your finger left and right on the screen to scroll horizontally. If the text is too small to read comfortably, use a reverse pinching motion on the screen to zoom in.
Links aren't always obvious on an iPad. If you're looking at an article summary, for example, and don't see the telltale blue text indicating a link, tap **the picture**, **the title** or keywords like "more" or "cont'd." If you hold your finger on a link, Safari gives you more options. In addition to opening the link, you can open a link in a new tab so you don't lose the page you're currently on. You can also add the link to your reading list or copy the link to paste in a document or share with someone in a text message.
Bookmarks and Icons
If you find a page you like or want to save for later, tap the **Share** icon. From the drop-down menu, you can send a link to the page using social media, text message or email. The Bookmark option adds the page to your Safari bookmarks, while the Add to Home Screen option creates a link to the page on your iPad home screen. To visit your bookmarks, tap the book-shaped icon to the left of the address bar.
Pro Tip: Private Browsing
If you share your iPad with others and would rather not have anyone know what you use Safari for, use the Private Browsing mode. Tap the **Multi Window** icon in the upper-right corner, tap **Private** and then tap the **+** icon. A new window opens with a dark gray menu and address bar, indicating that anything you do in this window won't be saved in Safari after you exit. To leave Private Browsing mode, tap the **Multi Window** icon again and then tap the **X** in the corner of each private window.
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