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Archive for April 22nd, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Safari has a wealth of special features designed for web developers, all gathered together under a hidden Develop menu. Depending on the version of Safari you’re running, the Develop menu will display four or more groups of menu items, such as the option to change the User Agent, show additional features, such as the Web Inspector and Error Console, disable JavaScript, or disable Safari’s caches. Even if you’re not a developer, you may find some of these features useful.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Using the Develop menu is easy enough, with each item in the menu pertaining to the currently loaded and front-most Safari page or tab, and then to any subsequently loaded web pages. The exception is commands, such as Empty Caches, that have a global affect on Safari.

Before you can use the Develop menu, you must first make this hidden menu visible.

This is a fairly easy task, much easier than revealing the Debug menu, which prior to Safari 4 contained all of the commands that are now contained within the Develop menu. But don’t think the older Debug menu is no longer relevant; it still exists and contains many useful tools.

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