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Combine Safari 3's Reopen Windows and Private Browsing Apps
As a system administrator, I do a lot of research on websites during my workday. I often have many tabs and windows open at the same time. I am also sometimes constantly interrupted by people who need help, or sometimes I need a reboot. I have wanted to see a feature called 'Save this Safari session' for a long time -- so that I could quit Safari and return at a later time to finish what I was doing. (Finding relevant websites/articles is part of the work I do. When I have to quit Safari, in a sense, it's like a copy editor starting a new chapter over again.)

Although Safari 3 didn't come through for me completely, they did add one feature that gets me part of the way there, and I have found more than one use for it. The History » Reopen All Windows From Last Session command is that new feature, and it's all we have for now. Beyond the expected uses (Safari unexpectedly quits with many windows/tabs open; or I have to reboot my system), here's a way to use it in conjunction with Private Browsing.

Safari's Private Browsing feature is great for offering a simple way to browse websites without keeping anything in your history or cache. And it's not just for adult sites. A few things come to mind -- birthday present shopping, peeking at engagement rings (without actually committing to anything or getting a loved one's hopes up), or looking for the proper ointment for that strange rash you ... um ... I mean your friend ... developed after a weekend away.

Well, using the Reopen All Windows From Last Session command along with the Private Browsing feature can help really hide what you've been up to. Even if you've got a number of windows/tabs open, you can start your Private Browsing session on top of them in a new window. When you're done with your private sites, simply quit Safari, relaunch, then use the Reopen All Windows From Last Session command. (An apparent bug in this will open a blank tab/window for all of the private sessions you had, but you can close them easily enough.) And with a few or more windows open, it doesn't look like you just quit Safari to clear your tracks.
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Combine Safari 3's Reopen Windows and Private Browsing
Authored by: dbs on Feb 14, '08 08:33:19AM

Why not just make a copy of Safari and run it when you need another browser?



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Safari Stand
Authored by: auco on Feb 14, '08 08:42:14AM
Safari Stand shows your last opened windows; works when Safari crashes or is being quitted with opened windows.
It also allows to store complete "window sets" in a bookmark-manager.
see: http://hetima.com/safari/stand-e.html


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I don't get itů
Authored by: designbot on Feb 14, '08 02:34:47PM
What's the point of this hint?

You can accomplish exactly the same thing by just unchecking Private Browsing.

What does quitting and restoring your last session do for you? What is the hint here, exactly? That having other windows on your screen makes you look less suspicious?

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I don't get itů {me either?}
Authored by: brett_x on Feb 15, '08 09:05:26AM

"You can accomplish exactly the same thing by just unchecking Private Browsing. What is the hint here, exactly? That having other windows on your screen makes you look less suspicious?"
Yes, that's part of it. And that it's a really quick way to get back to what you were doing before enabling Private Browsing.. especially if your Private session was with many windows/tabs.
The hint that I submitted was significantly different than what was put up on the site. I'm fairly displeased with the way it was portrayed/hacked. I usually keep a text of whatever I submit, but i didn't in this case.
This hint, portrayed as it is here, is almost not worth submitting. But coupled with the fact that you can use it as a "restart now, get back to work afterwards" and "Damed safari quit.. but it's not that bad", I thought it was worth it. You're welcome to disagree.



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Combine Safari 3's Reopen Windows and Private Browsing
Authored by: nwfrg on Feb 14, '08 04:55:30PM
Saft is an old Pick of the Week which could help you do some of these things too. I love it for its easy bookmarking features and shortcuts. With Saft I can type macoh in the location bar and it takes me to MacOSXHints.com.

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