A link question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pilkenton, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. pilkenton macrumors member

    pilkenton

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    This just started happening. I'm a member of a music forum. There is a thread there where people post links to youtube videos. I go to the link. When I want to go back to the forum, I hit the red dot in the upper left hand corner and I'm back. It doesn't do that anymore. I lose Safari. I have to go back to Safari to get back to the forum. The back arrow doesn't help either. This started after I downloaded a Safari software update yesterday.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you mean the red dot on the top left, like shown in the below screenshot?
    If so, that is the "CLOSE WINDOW" button, not the "go back" button. It does however not QUIT an application like Safari, it only closes the window it resides on, even when several tabs are open (do you use tabs?).
    Anyway, what Mac OS X and Safari version do you use?
     

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    I have a late 2009 Mac. Lion. OSX 10.7.4.

    It used to when I went to the link, the, the tab would be over the forum link. When I quit the application, the forum link underneath was still there. It's not there anymore. It won't let me run more than one window at a time.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    You CLOSED a window of that application, you did not QUIT the application.
    CLOSING and QUITTING are tow different things, CLOSING a window or tab does not quit an application, but QUITTING an application closes all windows and tabs.

    Maybe your settings are changed. Look into Preferences (CMD+,) while in Safari and go to the TABS section, to see, if new links open in new tabs and not new windows.
    Or is that still the case, that when you click a link, it opens an entirely new window without any other tabs in that window?
    What about opening a link in a new tab instead via CMD+clicking link or right-clicking > Open in new tab?
     
  5. pilkenton, Jul 29, 2012
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    I was able to do this via command-N. This is what used to happen when I clicked the youtube link. The link is over the forum link. When I red dot youtube, the forum link is still there. Now when I click the youtube link, the forum link is not there anymore.
     

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    Now I notice in my Apple icon, the empty cache option is gone. I'm still thinking it has something to do with the Safari software update.

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    Same thing happens here too. When I enlarge the picture, it won't let go back to this thread. Safari quits altogether.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Are you sure this has nothing to do with tabs, as it sounds like tab behaviour, where a link opens in a tab instead of a window, thus closing the window will close all tabs, thus no going back is possible, unless you use the History menu. You could just use the close tab command (CMD+W or the close tab icon on the left of the tab).

    Do you know what a tab is?

    http://www.apple.com/safari/

    Btw, you never told us, what Safari version you use? You probably use Safari 6 now, Safari 5 had a different behaviour.
     
  8. pilkenton thread starter macrumors member

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    Things work OK in Google chrome. It's Safari that's causing problems.

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    I have Safari 6.

    I never had this problem or ever had to do anything special until I updated Safari yesterday.
     
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Your updated Safari has different settings than you had set in the older version. Visit Safari Preferences, as suggested above, and set things the way you want them in this new version.

    This is normal. Software updates come with default settings. They don't "read" your old settings and duplicate them.
     
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    What was it then? Maybe someone else can profit from the solution.
     
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    It's like chrome now.

    The links are at the bottom of the gray bar on the top of your screen. Just click the one you want, and you're back. Pretty simple.
     
  14. simsaladimbamba

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    As pointed out in posts #2, #4 and #7, that is called a TAB. Maybe have a look at the link I provided in that post and in this post.
     

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