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Sometimes I want to open multiple web sites that are stored in Safari's history file. Two limitations always made this inconvenient: Page Up and Page Down do not work in the bookmarks window, and the history doesn't remember the date that the user was last looking at when the history opens in a new tab. So the process was: create a new tab, expand the date of the history I'm interested in, click the scroll bar until I see the site I want, double-click the site, rinse, repeat. Quite a lot of effort for something so simple.

Then I had an idea I thought I would try out. I created a new Safari window and displayed the history in that window. I then drag-and-dropped a site from the history window to the address field in my original window, and it loaded the site. Now my proces is: drag site to address field, hit Command-~ (to change back to the view window), hit Command-T (to create a new tab), and finally, hit Command-~ (to get back to the history window); repeat as needed. I find this much faster.
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Use drag and drop to make Safari's history more usable
Authored by: psandiford on Dec 14, '03 08:02:03AM

You are working too hard. Just drag the url from the history folder to: a) the targetted tab or b) the unused portion of the "Tab Bar." The latter will open the site in a new tab automatically. (Safari 1.1 or later)



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Use drag and drop to make Safari's history more usable
Authored by: psandiford on Dec 14, '03 08:46:49AM

Here is an additional hint for dragging in Safari 1.1 and later. I use a Pismo and have remapped the "enter" key (using DoubleCommand) so it ~usually~ behaves as a command key. I've noticed a useful glitch with this configuration but I can't pin down the behavior.

Option/Command+click opens a clicked link in a new window (behind) when tabs are enabled. ~Sometimes~ this behavior changes if I use the remapped Command key. Frequently, instead of opening the link, the url "attaches" to the mouse pointer so you can drag the link after releasing all of buttons and keys buttons. Clicking the mouse/pad again will release the dragged link. Universal Access prefs are at the "default" settings.

This isn't truely repeatable, so I'd appreciate it if someone can pinpoint what is happening.



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Use drag and drop to make Safari's history more usable
Authored by: alibaba on Dec 14, '03 10:57:57AM

If you have a 3-button (or 2-button+wheel) mouse, you can just double-click the link with the middle button (or the wheel), it will open it in a new tab. Very easier.



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Use drag and drop to make Safari's history more usable
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 14, '03 11:49:50AM

I just open the History page and command-click on links. They all start opening up as seperate tabs in the background. (If I'm sure I just command-click a whole bunch.) Then I can browse through each one, looking for the page I was interested in...



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Use drag and drop to make Safari's history more usable
Authored by: allanBook on Dec 14, '03 06:06:13PM

Yes, command-clicking on items in history certainly opens in the item in a new tab (I assume with tabbed-browsing enabled) and I use it everytime I have to get back my pages when Safari crashes.

I've been command-clicking for so many months now... I guess I never thought that others may not have figured it out.

It certainly pays to experiment and use the command button when doing regular tasks (like when you want to open the page you are looking at in a new tab, so instead of copying the url then opening a new window/tab then pasting and pressing return, it is so much easier to just hit command+L to go to the address bar and press command+enter and the url opens automatically in a new tab).

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