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The Safari Toolbar, Bookmarks Bar, Tab Bar, and Status Bar

Customize the Safari Window to Suit Your Working Style

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Safari toolbar

Like many applications, Safari lets you tweak its interface to suit your preferences. You can customize, hide, or show the toolbar, bookmarks bar, tab bar, and status bar.

Customize the Toolbar

  1. From the View menu, select Customize Toolbar. Click an item you want to add to the toolbar, and drag it to the toolbar. Safari will automatically adjust the size of the address field and the search field to make room for the new item(s). When you're finished, click the Done button.

  2. You can rearrange icons in the toolbar by clicking and dragging them to a new location.

  3. You can delete an item from the toolbar by right-clicking it and selecting Remove Item from the pop-up menu.

Return to the Default Toolbar

If you get carried away with customizing the toolbar and you're not happy with the result, it's easy to return to the default toolbar.

  • From the View menu, select Customize Toolbar. Click and drag the default toolbar set from the bottom of the window to the toolbar. Click the Done button.

Hide or Show the Bookmarks Bar

The bookmarks bar needs no introduction. It's a handy place to store links to your very favorite web sites. Check out our tip on how to open up to nine sites in the bookmarks bar from your keyboard:

Safari Bookmark Shortcuts

  • If you don't use the bookmarks bar, or you want to gain a little screen real estate, you can close the bookmarks bar. From the View menu, select Hide Bookmarks Bar.

  • If you change your mind and decide you miss the bookmarks bar, go to the View menu and select Show Bookmarks Bar.

Hide or Show the Tab Bar

Safari supports tabbed browsing, which lets you have multiple pages open without having multiple browser windows open.

  • If you open a web page in a new tab, Safari will automatically show the tab bar. If you want the tab bar to always be visible, even if you only have a single web page open, click the View menu and select Show Tab Bar. To hide the tab bar, click the View menu and select Hide Tab Bar. (Note: If you have more than one page open in a tab, you'll need to close the tabs before you can hide the tab bar. Click the close button (the little "x") in a tab to close it.)

Hide or Show the Status Bar

The status bar displays at the bottom of a Safari window. If you let your mouse hover over a link on a web page, the status bar will show the URL for that link, so you can see where you're going before you click the link. In most cases, this isn't terribly important, but sometimes it's nice to check a URL before you actually go to the page, especially if the link is sending you to a different web site.

  • To display the status bar, click the View menu and select Show Status Bar.

  • To hide the status bar, click the View menu and select Hide Status Bar.
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