Windows/Mac OS X: Apple's Safari 4 web browser left beta today, boasting itself as "the world's fastest web browser."
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Safari 4's Top Sites is a flashy, useful feature, but it's not exactly intuitive how to manually add a site to it.
As the Tech-Recipes blog points out, one of the easiest ways to bulk-add your links to Top Sites is to create links to each site on the desktop, either by dragging the URL from any browser's address bar or manually creating them with a right-click New/Shortcut action. Then simply launch Top Sites and drag your desktop bookmarks into the grid. You'll see the site thumbnail soon, but you won't see the delete/pin/update notifications while Safari is running this time. Launch Safari again, and all is well. I've found that another, semi-easy way is to simply type in the URL of a site into Safari's address bar while Top Sites is open, and don't hit enter or head to the site. Then just drag the URL you typed in down into the Top Sites grid, and you're good to go. Got an easier solution, or another Top Sites hack? Tell us about it in the comments. Safari 4: How to Add a Site to Top Sites
Safari 4 has loads of eye candy and new features—but if moving the tabs above the address bar is too drastic a change for you, you can always change it back—if you're a Mac user, at least. To move the tabs, simply open up a terminal window and type in the following command: defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4TabBarIsOnTop -bool FALSE
Restart Safari, and your tabs should be back to the same place they were in Safari 3. The full list of secret preferences includes disabling most of the new eye candy, from Cover Flow to Top Sites—just use the commands from the terminal window and restart Safari. We haven't found a similar method for reverting to the old tab style in Windows, so if you've figured it out, let's hear about it in the comments.
If Apple knows how to do anything, it's take tech you've already seen and make it flashier and more fun to use. The new Safari 4 public beta is no exception.