Some Safari questions from a Firefox 'switcher'

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  1. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    I have been using Firefox for awhile now, mainly for the plug-ins.

    But the Google Browser plugin (which I use to synchronize bookmarks across multiple computers) is so unreliable that I've given it up. Which means that I've started using Safari as my primary browser. I give up some other plugins, but they're not that big of a deal (delicious, Copy URL+, TinyURL creator, etc.)

    There are a couple of things I don't like about Safari, wondering if there are any hacks or suggestions people had-

    1. In Firefox, you can switch tabs by using command-1, 2, 3, etc. to directly select which tab you want. In Safari, it's command-{ and -} to switch tabs, which I think is rather incovenient. There's no other way, is there?

    2. In Firefox, command-K puts you in the search box, so you can type in your search without having to use the mouse (I'm a big fan of keyboard shortcuts in general.) There's no such thing in Safari, is there?

    I can't even find a drop-down menu command (if there was then I could manually add a keyboard shortcut myself.) Any other solutions?

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Not without a plug-in.

    Cmd-F (Find)
     
  3. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    The Google search shortcut is Cmd + Option + F

    As for the tab navigation, the way you described in the way. Cmd + 1,2,3,4 opens the links in your Bookmarks Bar.
     
  4. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Do you know of 1 already? (I assume not, otherwise you'd have posted it ;) )

    Thanks to the other poster for cmd-opt-F, that's exactly what I was looking for.

    One down!

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  5. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I did find that command-shift-arrow can also move between tabs.

    That's much easier for me than command-{ and }.
     
  6. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Agreed - this is how I switch tabs in Safari. However, it won't work if you're in a textfield or text area. So, be mindful of that.

    ...and your other question has been covered. Just a note, though: Cmd+L puts you in the address bar, though. To get to the search I typically Cmd+L then TAB because (for whatever reason) that's faster for me.
     
  7. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Cmd-L, then Tab- Great hint!!!

    Since the other poster noted that Opt-Cmd-F brings up search, I looked through the Safari menus more carefully and found the Google search command under Edit -> Find. So that actually allowed me to add Cmd-K as well. (it's normally reserved for toggling pop-ups, but I never need that command anyways.)

    Cmd-L and Tab is actually great too. My fingers are just used to Cmd-K by now... ;)
     

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