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How to add and remove dictionaries on iPhone and iPad

The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It's convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you're in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you're traveling and want access to French? To save space Apple keeps additional dictionaries offline but you can easily add and remove additional dictionaries any time you want. That way you can have the languages you want right where you want them!

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How to use private browsing in Safari for iPhone and iPad

By default, Safari saves any webpage you visit to you browser history, and makes them available to all your other Apple devices via iCloud Tabs. If for any reason you don't want certain sites you visit to get saved to history or made available to iCloud Tabs - we don't judge! - you can quickly and easily enter Private Browsing mode. Switching to Private Browsing mode will also prevent websites from tracking you with cookies, and autofill from saving or completing any of your personal data. What's more, iOS 9 makes it easier to access than ever before.

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How to use the Shared Links in iOS 7 Safari

Shared Links are new to iOS 7. With them, you can see a list of all the links shared by everyone you follow on Twitter, all in one convenient place inside Safari. Think of it as a Reading List populated by people you find interesting. It's a great place to go if you have time and are looking for something serendipitous to read, but you have to know where to look if you want to find it.

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How to clear stored website data in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Safari, like all modern web browsers, caches data locally not only to speed up access to frequently visited sites, but to let data persist for web apps - including sites like gmail.com - so they can perform more like native apps. However, not only can the stored data build up over time, it can contain private information, or even reveal the names of websites you visit, that you might not want found on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (hey, we don't judge!). Luckily, iOS lets you quickly and easily delete this information - once you know where to look!

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How to block cookies and stop websites from tracking you in iOS 7 Safari

Some people may not want Safari to track their online activity and hey, we aren't here to judge. Some of us also just value our privacy and want to keep as much information as possible out of the hands of large companies. Regardless of the reason, iOS 7 makes it easy to block cookies and stop Safari from tracking your online activity. Here's how:

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How to clear Safari history and cookies on iPhone and iPad

Whenever you visit a webpage using the Safari web browser, it gets recorded in you browser history so you can more easily go back and find that page again should you want to. Likewise, cookies get stored to persist things like logins and other information. If you don't want a particular page recorded in your history or cookies (we don't judge!) you can always use Private browsing mode. If you forget, however, iOS lets you quickly and easily clear your history and cookies, and start over fresh and clean.

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How to find web pages, bookmarks, history, and 'on this page' with smart search in iOS 7 Safari

With iOS 9 Apple has brought the unified address and search bar to the Safari web browser. That means not only can you type in the names of your favorite web sites and get taken right to them, directly, but you can type in any terms you like and get back search results from Google, including top results, standard results, history and bookmark results, and even results from the text of the page you're currently on. Because some things have moved around, and it's more tightly packed then ever, it can take some getting used to. But, once you're familiar with it, the unified smart search field should prove faster and more efficient than ever.

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How to quickly close all iOS 7 Safari tabs in just a few taps

Safari for iOS 7 allows you to keep up to two-dozen or more tabs open at the same time. That's fantastic... until you want to close them all and quickly. Then you're either touching-and-flinging cards (iPhone and iPod touch) or tapping little X icons, over and over and over again. Luckily, there's a great work-around that lets you close all the tabs you have, all at once. Here's how!

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How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

iCloud Keychain is meant to be an easy way to manage passwords on your Apple devices. When password management is easier, using stronger passwords is easier. Since it can be tough to come up with strong, unique passwords, good password managers will generate them for you, and iCloud Keychain is no exception. Unfortunately, the passwords generated by iCloud Keychain aren't exceptionally strong, but they are better than using the same password for every site. That makes them an okay starting point for people who want a little more security, but aren't quite ready for a full-fledged password manager from the App Store.

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How to view Shared Links in Safari for OS X Mavericks

If you've upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you may have noticed that Safari has been updated too. The Shared Links feature in Safari can pull from Twitter and LInkedIn so you can easily access all the links your friends are sharing without ever even visiting each respective website. Here's how:

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