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iOS 7 Safari tips: How to access iOS 7's new web features

David Price | Oct. 7, 2013
Master Safari in iOS 7 on your iPhone and iPad with these simple tips, from beginner's tasks such as opening multiple tabs, to more advanced techniques such as the Reader Mode, private browsing and fullscreen mode.

Click the sharing icon and then click the Bookmark icon at the bottom left. iOS 7 will then check what you want to call the bookmark, allow you to edit the URL, and let you put the bookmark in a folder.

Remember, too, that you can bookmark a web page directly on to your home screen - it's the option Add to Home Screen, also in the sharing palette. This will create an icon on your iPhone or iPad's screen, as if it was an app, but will instead open Safari and send you to correct link.

Safari in iOS 7: How to share a link via email, text, Twitter or Facebook

Also in the sharing palette you'll see colourful icons for text, email, Twitter and Facebook - iOS 7 has strong integration for the two biggest social networks and makes it easy to share links to your friends and followers.

Safari in iOS 7: How to open multiple tabs

The tab button is the icon at the bottom right of the screen: it looks like two documents laid on top of each other. (If you can't see any icons at the bottom of the screen, you've probably got fullscreen mode on - see below.)

Hit the tab button and the currently open tabs will be shown in a neat 3D 'stack', enabling you to see at a glance all the pages you've got open. To jump to one of the tabs in the stack, tap it. (If this is the first time you've used tabs, of course, there will only be one tab open.) If there are more than three tabs, you may need to swipe through them.

To open a new tab, click the big plus sign in the middle of the bottom bar, then enter a URL or select one of the bookmarks offered.

To close one of the tabs, hit the small X at the top left of its page in the stack.

iPad users: things work a bit differently on the tablet's bigger screen. Instead of the fancy 3D stack, your tabs are simply arranged along the top of the screen, as in the past. Also bear in mind that the icon bar is integrated with the URL bar, with the sharing icon and forwards and back arrows to the left, and bookmarks to the right.

Safari in iOS 7: How to use fullscreen mode

Fullscreen, unlike in iOS 6, activates automatically when you start scrolling down a page. Flick downwards and the URL bar at the top and the icon bar at the bottom will both disappear, allowing the web page to fill all the available space on your iPhone or iPad. (The root URL of the site remains at the top, however, in a shrunk black bar.)

 

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