One of the popular modes in Safari is Private Browsing. This gives you a bit of privacy in your browsing habits, as it doesn’t record which sites you visit or store any data. However, it doesn’t have it own keyboard shortcut. This post, however will show you a quick way in which you can add a keyboard shortcut. This means you don’t have to select the option from the menu and can access it directly from your keyboard.
Give Safari Its Shortcut
Giving Safari its own shortcut, it is very simple. Open System Preferences located in your applications folder. Select the Keyboard preference pane, then the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. This preference pane allows you to change any system wide shortcut on your Mac.
Within the list on the right select the option ‘Application Shortcuts’. When selected press the plus symbol to add a new shortcut. From the pop up box select Safari from the list of applications. Type the exact name (capitals included) of ‘Private Browsing’. Then add the keyboard shortcut you want to add. I recommend something with an options, command and alt key to ensure it is not taken by another command.
When you hit OK, and you have done everything correctly, the shortcut will appear in Safari. This will appear automatically so there is no need to restart Safari.
There are two options on the list. The first one, sans shortcut, is the normal private browsing method which will give you a warning when selected. The second option will automatically enter Private Browsing mode without the pop up menu, plus it will also work with the shortcut you have just applied.
I you want to remove the shortcut, simple select the option from within System Preferences and press the minus button.
One Small Caveat
If this method doesn’t work you may need to apply another system setting. Within System Preferences select the Accessibility preference pane. At the bottom of the list there is an option called’ Enable Access For Assistive Devices’ select this option. I have found that if it isn’t select this tip may not work.
This tip is rather cool. It can also be used for a variety of other shortcut that you want to created.
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