When we use our iPhone or iPad, we are unwittingly using many gestures. One of them is the long press, which is very often used to reveal app options that cannot be seen with the naked eye, something like the context menu on a Mac.
Apple uses the long press in many applications with the intention of keep interfaces clean and, at the same time, offer useful functions in a simple way. Today we will see 10 hidden Safari functions that we can call up with a long press in iOS / iPadOS 13.
Save multiple tabs to favorites
After browsing we have several interesting tabs open in Safari. From one of the tabs we hold the bookmarks button (which looks like an open book) and we choose Add bookmarks for x tabs. We write a name for the folder, where the different tabs will be saved. We choose a location and press save
Copy all links from a favorites folder
We have a folder full of bookmarks in Safari. With a long pressure we choose Copy content, who will copy everything addresses of all pages that we recorded in the file in question. Then we can paste them and send them in a message, mail, note, etc.
Quickly scroll a page
When we scroll through the content of a page, a scroll bar on the right side of the screen, before it disappears, we make a long press on it. When the bar gets a little thicker, we can drag it up and down to quickly scroll through the different parts of the page.
Close all tabs
With a long press on the tabs icon, which looks like two overlapping squares, we can choose Close the X tabs.
Instead, a single tap on the tabs icon shows us the list of our open tabs. From there we can also close all tabs, we just keep the button pressed Okay and we choose Close the X tabs.
Reopen recently closed tabs
Long press the “+” button for new tabs it will show us a list of recently closed tabs. A tap on one of them will open it again.
While the “+” button is always visible on the iPad, on the iPhone first, we are going to touch the tabs button (two overlapping squares) to be able to see it.
Open all bookmarks in a folder
Nail long press on a folder of markers allows us to choose Open in new tabs and so we can open with one touch all the pages that we have saved in the bookmarks / favorites folder.
Can we press and hold any link from any web page to see a preview of the link destination. If at some point we had touched hide previews
In addition, under the preview, we can perform various actions with the link, like open it in a new tab, download the linked file, add it to the playlist, copy it or share it.
Merge all Safari windows (iPad only)
If we have more than one Safari window open on the iPad, we can merge tabs from all windows into one window very easily. Simply we press and hold the tabs icon (two overlapping squares) and we choose Merge all windows.
With a long press the download link from the website and choosing Download the linked file we will upload any file. Then we can go to the download manager by touching the down arrow button, top right, to access the download or see its progress.
Access tab control (iPad only)
With multiple tabs open in Safari on our iPad, we can hold one of them to access tab control. From there we can copy its address, close the rest of the tabs, and organize the tabs by title or website.
As we can see, Safari offers more than what we see. With these ten shortcuts, we will be more productive in using Safari and, in addition, we will use it more comfortably.