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Often, it's nice to get some genuine shortcuts in the Mac OS -- the kind that save you time (Option key usually duplicates, etc.). The keyboard modifiers the OS designers implemented indeed work well with Safari. As some power users know, Command-clicking on a link opens that link in a new tab, behind the current tabbed window, if tabbed browsing is enabled. There are also equivalent shortcuts for:

  • opening in a new window (Option-Command-click) behind the current window
  • opening the window front (Option-Command-Shift-click)
  • downloading an item (Option-click)

But did you know you can also implement these shortcuts in the address bar (Command-L to get there quickly)? Enter your URL and hold down those very same key combinations and press Return -- and they'll work as described above. Amazing!

These are just a few subtle gems Apple engineers have come with to help us with our day-to-day tasks, and why the Mac OS is always ain elegant pleasure to work with. Enjoy!

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Use Safari window shortcuts from the address bar
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Oct 30, '03 12:48:09PM

Option-return will not work for me, I've tried this ever since I switched to Safari from IE.



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Use Safari window shortcuts from the address bar
Authored by: iomatic on Oct 30, '03 01:23:51PM

You're right; Option-return does not save the page, if that's what you're aiming for. I can't help you there, other than pointing you to the Save As... functionality, or Printing as a PDF for HTML pages.



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Use Safari window shortcuts from the address bar
Authored by: Tom Robinson on Oct 30, '03 01:35:10PM

These shortcuts (well, open new window/tab behind/in front) are also implemented for the Google search box.



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Use Safari window shortcuts from the address bar
Authored by: jcrossley on Oct 30, '03 02:43:18PM

Go to this URL for a list of shortcuts:

file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Shortcuts.html

(Yes, it's hidden inside the Safari application!)



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Use Safari window shortcuts from the address bar
Authored by: aranor on Oct 30, '03 08:41:49PM

The debug menu gives you a menuitem to show this page.



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Shift-return for new tab...
Authored by: robg on Dec 06, '04 09:21:16AM
This was submitted by Anonymous as a new hint, but it really belongs here as a comment, so here it is:
One of my most common usages of Safari is to open a new tab and then type in an address. I do this a lot to open up a few sites and shift over to whatever one I started first. The drawback to this is that you shift focus to the new blank tab whenever you open a new one and type in address. This morning I found a new way:
  • Hit Command L to type in an address.
  • Type in the new address.
  • Instead of hitting Return to go to the new address, hit Command Return to open up a new tab in the background to the new address.
This probably only works if you (a) have tabbed browsing enabled, and (b) have "open new tabs in background" or some-such enabled.
-rob.

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