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Try Tab Groups and Quick Notes when using Safari

By BY GEORGE GORDON/Computer Guru - | Jul 9, 2021

More in the Monterey iOS coming soon. so get ready!

A new feature in Safari is called Tab Groups. What that does is create similar sites and group them under one named tab. So if you’re building a wine cellar and need prices from Lowe’s, Ace or Home Depot, instead of having three tabs, you can consolidate them under one tab called “building supplies.”

There is also a new item in Safari called Quick Notes that lets you make notes about the supplies at each building store you’re visiting. Also new in Safari is the Translator Mode, which allows you to select Spanish, and it will automatically translate it into English.

I really like this one. You now can change the color of your cursor and the size.

Here is another really good one that lets you find passwords in the System Preferences instead of opening up Safari and clicking on Preferences.

Get this: you, can import or export your passwords, which allows you to print them out or store them on a memory stick.

I probably won’t use this one much, but you use your mouse and keyboard to control your iPad, iPhone and Mac all at the same time. And you can drag and drop things between the ones opened.

If you use ShortCuts on your iPhone (I don’t because it involves programing), now it’s coming to the Mac. In the past, it was difficult to split view screens on the iPad, but now there is an icon at the top of the screen that will allow you to easily do it. So, you can have two apps opened at the same time. Also, you can now minimize an app on the iPad, like you can do on the Mac, and just click on it and watch it reappear.

Temporary iCloud storage allows you to use iCloud to transfer to a new device even if you don’t have enough free space in iCloud. Apple will grant you free storage for this process.

Here is something that could be useful. If you need to record a FaceTime session with a longtime friend, you can do it… but you’re only going to get video and no sound. So here is how to do it.

Initiate a FaceTime call using your iPhone or iPad. Bring down the Control Center by swiping from the top right-hand corner of the display or swipe up from the bottom if you have an iPhone or iPad with a Home Button, then tap on the Screen Recording button. That’s it. If you want to view it, just tap your Photos App and look for a video clip.

A cool, useful feature coming to Maps is a three-dimensional city-driving experience. This bird’s eye view gives a much clearer picture of the road ahead and should help to make sure you never miss a turn or junction on the motorway.

If you prefer hopping on the bus rather than your car, Apple is improving its public transport directions with maps now showing you when your stop is approaching and when to hop off. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life!

“Live Text” adds the ability to copy/paste any text from within a photo. So, menus, restaurant names, passport details and even handwritten notes can be copied and pasted into Messages and e-mails as editable text.

Finally, Safari is getting an upgrade with the search and tab bar being moved to the bottom of the screen to make things easier to use one-handed.

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