Here’s a swell little iPad feature that I’ve never made use of before today. I have no great excuse to explain why, but I’ve just never realized / remembered this was a feature on the iPad:
the Bookmarks Bar
As in, the thin bar running just below the address bar and search field etc. at the top of the Safari app. I use it constantly in my desktop browsers to have quick access to sites and online services I most often visit – but had never thought to use it on the iPad until reading a tip at Mac OS X Hints about it.
Just in case any of you have forgotten about, or were not aware of, this lovely little feature on the iPad, here’s how you enable and use it:
— To enable it, just go to the Settings app and tap on Safari in the left pane. Then you’ll see the ‘Always Show Bookmarks Bar’ setting in the right pane. Just turn it On.
— Once you’ve got it turned on, to add a site to the bookmarks bar do this:
- Browse to the site you want to add
- Tap on the Share button just to the left of the address bar (the one that looks like an envelope with an arrow through it)
- Choose Add Bookmark from the popup dialog
- Set a short name for the site in the first field of the new popup dialog
- Leave the (middle) URL field as is
- Tap on the bottom field and tap on the entry for Bookmarks Bar (you should then see a check mark next to it)
— Add more sites as you like. If you add more than enough to fill the entire bookmarks bar, you’ll get an icon to tap to see those that do not fit on the bar itself.
I expect many of you are already aware of this iPad feature – but I thought it was worth sharing in case any of you, like me, had somehow forgotten it was there.