Bookmark files and folders in Safari

Bookmark files and folders in Safari

You can access common files and folders directly from Safari’s Bookmarks bar.

If you are a Safari user then you might be familiar with the
program’s Bookmarks bar, where you can save links to individual Web
pages, or group them as collections in folders.

You can also use it to save any other location you can link to through
Safari’s address bar, including files and folders on the system.

To do this, simply drag a file to the address bar, and you should see
a bookmark to it as you would any other file. You can also load some
files such as images directly into Safari by dropping them on a Safari
window, and then bookmark them as you would any Web URL.

Bookmarks bar in Safari
In addition to files and folders, you can set up
 the Bookmarks bar to point to shared
 services like AFP, SMB, and VNC connections.

This feature might be useful for quick-linking to files you commonly
access, such as a text document of recipes, quotes, signatures, or other
details you might use when browsing the Web, posting on forums and
social media sites, or otherwise.

You can even add folders to the Bookmarks bar, but you can only do so
indirectly by adding a file, and then editing the bookmark link and
removing the file so only the desired path is present. Depending on your
Safari version, doing this may reveal the folder in the Finder, or may
show you a hierarchical drop-down menu of the folder’s contents.

While useful, this feature does have limitations. Since you cannot
drag folders directly to the Bookmarks bar, files that are packaged,
such as Pages documents, cannot be dragged to the bar. It will only work
with formats that are saved in a single file.

Beyond file and folder access, you can edit the links to point to
FTP, AFP, and SMB servers and the shares in them, or even to VNC servers
to quickly invoke screen sharing. You can organize these bookmarks into
folders, and be able to access shared computers directly from within
Safari.

As with file access, using these links will open the default program
that handles them (e.g., Screen Sharing for VNC connections), so while
Safari will open JPEG and PDF files in the browser window, it will not
do so for TXT and RTF files, and instead open these in TextEdit or
whatever default handler you have set for these formats.

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