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Go To URL Faster on iPad iOS devices
The process of loading a URL in a new tab on iPad can be rather cumbersome and slow. First, one launches Safari from the home screen, waits for the app to open and the old webpage to re-render, then one hits the tab switch button, presses the new tab space, waits for that tab to open, waits for it to switch to the search panel (this is the most irritating part of the process, since it seems to take even longer when what one really wants is the URL bar), and finally, one clicks on the URL bar to enter in a new URL.

To simplify this process considerably, just add a new icon to your Springboard that goes directly to about:blank. Details after the jump.

To add the new icon to your home screen, first open a new tab in Safari according to the usual method, and direct it to the url, about:blank. Then tap the more options icon (iOS 4.2) or the + icon (iOS 3.2) and select, 'Add to home'. Give your icon a name like 'New tab' or whatever you like then tap add.

In the future when you want to switch to Safari and open a URL in a new tab, just tap the 'New tab' icon, then tap the URL and X out the existing about:blank before entering in your own URL.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I found this even more valuable on my old, slow, iPhone 3G; and it's a good idea anytime you're using the cell connection instead of Wi-Fi.]
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Go To URL Faster on iPad
Authored by: Mackly on Feb 08, '11 08:09:12AM

Great tip - as a result I've finally found the permanent 6th app for my iPad dock!



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Go To URL Faster on iPad and iPod and iPhone
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 08, '11 09:10:27AM

This works across the board. Why not say "on iOS"?



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Go To URL Faster on iPad
Authored by: yrret on Feb 08, '11 09:22:32AM

Great tip.

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Go To URL Faster on iPad
Authored by: orangermac on Feb 08, '11 12:03:35PM
In the future when you want to switch to Safari and open a URL in a new tab, just tap the 'New tab' icon, then tap the URL and X out the existing about:blank before entering in your own URL.
No need to X out the URL after tapping the URL. Just start typing and it will replace the contents.

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Go To URL Faster on iPad
Authored by: sophistry on Feb 09, '11 06:45:47AM

no need for yet another App Icon!

just click the "Home" button on the iPhone (not sure if it works on iPad) and type the url in the search field.

then it launches Safari with google search results where the url is usually the first link.

a bonus with this method is if the webmaster has set up a "sitemap" for google's robot, you'll see all the important site links displayed prominently below so you can go directly to a sub-section of the site.

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Go To URL Faster on iPad
Authored by: stulevine on Feb 09, '11 04:47:43PM

Another useful way to do this is to turn on the Bookmark Bar and add a bookmark to the end titled "New". First bookmark any site and name it New and make sure to save it in the Bookmarks Bar (you can just as easily add it to the Bookmarks menu and place it at the top when you organize your bookmarks if you choose not to use the Bookmarks Bar). Next, choose Edit from the Boookmarks menu and find your "New" bookmark and replace its contents with the following JavaScript code:

javascript:window.open('','');

Click Done, and Done and try it out. New windows abound. And for an additional, and helpful tip on making items in your bookmark bar open in new windows, you can use the same JavaScript code but with the site URL you want to open in the first set of quotes as in this example:

javascript:window.open('http://hints.macworld.com','');

I just add bookmarks for my most frequently used web sites then go back and edit them adding that small piece of code. Then anytime I choose one of these bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar, they open in a new window.

Stuart



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