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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta Web Browsers
I just accidentally discovered how to rapidly access the new 'Cover Flow' view mode for browsing history in Safari 4 beta.

I have my windows set to open with the 'Top Sites' view. From here, hitting Tab will take the input from the URL entry box to the Google Search box. If you hit Tab again (i.e. twice in succession in a new window), the whole window will be replaced with the Cover Flow view of your browsing history.

[robg adds: The reason this trick works is that the Top Sites page contains a search box at the lower right for history; it's two Tab presses away from the URL entry bar. Note that this only works if you've got the "Full keyboard access" setting (on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel) set to "Text boxes and lists only." If it's set to "All controls," the second Tab will move from the Google box to the URL bar. I also noticed that the history search box doesn't recognize Shift-Tab to move backwards out of it; you'll need to press Tab again to jump back to the URL entry bar.]
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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: PancakeMan on Apr 06, '09 08:01:46AM

I have a bookmarks bar showing, and find that tabbing goes through those before it gets down to the history search bar.



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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: PancakeMan on Apr 06, '09 08:04:19AM

Two quick shift-tabs works as an end-around to that history search box, though.



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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: astrosmash on Apr 06, '09 09:24:23AM

Command+T and Shift+tab works in all cases.

Careful, though. Hitting Command+W while the history text box has focus will close the window and all tabs within it.



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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: mnasimh on Apr 06, '09 10:29:52AM

Cmd+F always work.



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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: DCJ001 on Apr 06, '09 10:47:59AM

I just click on the "History Flow" button in the toolbar. It seems like the easiest option - one click and you're there.



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Quick history browsing in Safari 4 beta
Authored by: boxcarl on Apr 06, '09 11:39:34AM

It's faster than that. Cmd + Shift + 1 to open topsites:// and cmd + F to open history.

Which works out to the same number of keystrokes, but doesn't have issues with whatever robg was talking about.



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How to enable Cover Flow in Bookmarks?
Authored by: avonterr on Apr 06, '09 06:29:03PM

Not quite in reply, but I was wondering how I can get the Cover Flow view in Bookmarks. I have the upper portion of the window, but all of the covers are blank.



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How to enable Cover Flow in Bookmarks?
Authored by: DCJ001 on Apr 06, '09 07:28:36PM

You should have Cover Flow, and be able to see the pages, if you have recently opened a page. If you haven't recently opened a page, it will appear blank.



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How to enable Cover Flow in Bookmarks?
Authored by: palahala on Apr 07, '09 02:19:25AM

Makes me wonder how many extra hits Top Sites generates :-)



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User Agent string used for Safari Top Sites
Authored by: palahala on Apr 07, '09 02:45:08AM

Hmmm, some quick testing shows that both a normal request and a request made from updating the Top Sites preview images, will probably yield the same User Agent string in the final release of Safari 4.

However, with the current public beta, Top Sites gives me an additional "Public Beta" in "Version/4 Public Beta":

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_5_6; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4 Public Beta Safari/528.16

...whereas actually looking at the page, yields a ".0" suffix, but no "Public Beta" in "Version 4.0":

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_5_6; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/528.16

But I assume that this difference will be taken out once Safari 4 is released, and indeed I think that is to be preferred (though I could understand that a webmaster might want to know if a site is listed in Top Sites).

(I do have the developer tools enabled; when changing the User Agent using menu Develop, User Agent then the selected User Agent is only used for normal browsing, not for Top Sites.)



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How to enable Cover Flow in Bookmarks?
Authored by: jbh001 on Apr 25, '09 03:19:18PM

When I first opened the bookmarks in Safari 4, it offered me the option to fetch images for all the web pages in my bookmarks. I declined to do so at the time, but can't find a way to go back and get Safari to do this automatically again. I don't want to have to open each bookmark individually to get an image for cover flow if I can avoid it.

Any ideas?



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