Safari best practices: shortcut your bookmark favorites
Although ATPM.com is no more, every once in a while I get a hankering to write something that would have been well suited to the late e-zine. That hankering hit me recently when a coworker saw the bookmarks in my Safari web browser’s Favorites bar and wondered why I had numbers in front of each one, as follows:
What are those numbers and how did they get there? Well, how they got there is fairly obvious—I simply edited the name of the bookmark and placed the number and a pipe character in front of each one. (Yes, pipe character—the horizontal bar you get when holding Shift and typing a backslash \ character.)
But why did I do it? Turns out that unless you edit the default keyboard shortcuts, Safari assigns ⌘1, ⌘2, ⌘3, and so on to the first nine shortcuts in the Favorites bar. So by inserting the number in front of the name in a manner that minimally increases the width each bookmark occupies, I have a visual reminder that I can, for example, press ⌘5 to quickly access the web site for my office’s stock image vendor.
With the release of Safari 9.0 (part of Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan), Apple has made the ⌘1 through ⌘9 shortcuts instead select the respective open tab, and you have to add the Option key to select the first nine bookmarks. But it’s easy to reverse this behavior and get the simpler shortcut back to bookmarks. Just head to Safari Preferences and click the Tabs section. In there, you’ll find a checkbox that says you can use ⌘1 through ⌘9 to select tabs. What it doesn’t say is that it’s really a toggle. When unchecked, holding Option while using ⌘1 through ⌘9 is now assigned to tabs, and just plan ⌘1 through ⌘9 goes back to the former (and more desirable, in my opinion) behavior of selecting bookmarks in the Favorites bar.