10 Safari Settings You Should Tweak for Better Browsing On Mac!

Mac is the most secure computing system when compared to other casually popular systems.

And when you are browsing then you would need a best-secured computing system that can cover your tracks.

No! I’m not going to talk about how to physically cover your tracks while browsing, this article is about how you can hide and cover your tracks in the virtual world of the internet.

Here are some tricks and settings that you should toggle before browsing on Mac.

Top 10 Settings that you Should Tweak on Safari!

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Here we are going to talk about the best and effective settings that will help you browse on the Mac more securely and efficiently.

Enable Link Preview In Status Bar

When you are browsing through the I internet then there will be several types of Hyperlinks that can make you browsing experience hard and worst. 

Well, in this case, some links will take you where you wanted to actually visit and some links will redirect you to phishing websites that will make you enter your personal details and then steal it. 

Hence this can be the perfect trick to toggle as it will help you get a preview of the link that is in that link before opening it.

It can save time and it can make sure that you never end up on a phishing website. 

But when you are using Safari then by default it does not show the preview link option on the status bar.

But enabling this setting in Safari is easy you just need to navigate through a few steps and voila there you will have the toggle option of preview links. 

To enable it you need to click on the menu bar and then select the show status bar option to enable it.

 And when you have enabled the setting then you will be able to see link previews at the bottom left side of the screen.

Show the Entire URL in the Address Bar

By default when you are using safari then in the address bar safari displays only the domain name of the website that you want to enter.

I know this is all done to make look safari minimalist thus it also hides some vital information such as the location of the website.  

And if you want to enable these settings then go to Safari select Preferences, and when done that click on the Advanced tab.

Make sure you have checked the Show full website address box to enable it.

Now: Safari will display the full address on the address bar of the website.

Use Reader View Automatically for all Websites

Whenever you come across a messy webpage in Safari, you can simply click on the Reader View icon to declutter the webpage and view it in an easy-to-read format.

What if you’re spoiled with the simplicity of the Reader view and want to use it on all websites automatically?

That’s possible with the following steps:

Open Safari > Preferences.

Switch to the Websites tab and select Reader from the left pane.

Configure the currently open websites to use Reader view automatically by clicking On in the dropdown menu.

To set this for all other websites, select On in the dropdown menu at the bottom beside When visiting other websites.

Safari Use Reader View All Sites

Once enabled, all supported websites will load in the Reader view automatically.

Stop Plugins to Save Power

Browser plugins like Flash and Java aren’t common in the modern age of the internet.

However, you might still come across some sites that use them for videos, ads, or other content.

To avoid wasting battery power and resources on these plugins, you can tell Safari to use plugins only when you need them.

To do this, open Safari > Preferences and switch to the Advanced tab.

Check the Stop plug-ins to save power box and your browser will automatically suspend unnecessary plugins.

Block Auto-Playing Videos

Don’t you hate it when you’re browsing a website and a video starts playing automatically without your consent?

It’s a pain to fumble around your open tabs to find the offending page and close it. You could mute that tab, but the video will keep playing, which wastes resources.

To resolve this problem, Safari lets you block all auto-playing videos. To do so, open Safari > Preferences and head to the Websites tab.

Here, select Auto-Play from the sidebar on the left. On this page, you can configure websites to either Stop Media with Sound or Never Auto-Play videos.

Disable Website Notifications

Sometimes, browser notifications can be useful. For instance, when you have Gmail open, the site can send you a push notification to alert you of new messages.

But some pages abuse this feature to deliver ads or other unwanted content.

If you feel bombarded with unnecessary notifications from websites, Safari provides an easy way to get rid of them.

Open Safari > Preferences, switch to the Websites tab and choose Notifications on the left.

Here, you can check out all the websites that have asked for permission to show alerts in the Notification Center.

You can choose to Allow or Deny permission for these existing websites.

If you’d like to disallow all websites from sending you to push notifications, uncheck the Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications box.

Enable Picture-in-Picture for Videos

Did you know that the handy picture-in-picture (PiP) feature is available in Safari?

This lets you pop out a video to a small window that you can move anywhere while keeping it on top of other windows.

To use PiP in Safari, start playing a video, such as something on YouTube.

Then click and hold the volume button in the Safari address bar and select Enter Picture in Picture.

To exit this mode, click the Exit button next to the Pause/Play button and the video will pop back into Safari.

While the feature works well, the only problem is that it doesn’t work with all online video services.

For shows from Amazon Prime Video, for instance, you’ll need a little help.

PiPifier is a native Safari extension that allows you to view anything that is important in the HTML5 video format preview.

Once you download it from the App Store, open Safari > Preferences > Extensions and check the PiPifier button.

After it’s enabled, you should see a pop-out button in your toolbar.

When you’re playing an HTML5 video, just click on this button to play it in PiP mode. Make sure to play and pause a video once before you click on the button.

View Favicons In the Tab Bar

You’d probably agree that it’s easier to identify tabs by their favicons instead of just the page title.

This is especially the case when you’ve got lots of tabs open. In macOS Mojave, Apple finally brought the ability to display icons in tabs.

If you want to toggle the settings of favicon then o to Safari select Preferences and select Tabs. And there you will need to check the checkbox of Show website icons.

Utilize Quick Website Search

When you have the Safari’s address bar then you will have the power of searching several websites.

You will have access to several websites. For instance, you can search Wikipedia by typing “Wikipedia [query]” in the address bar.

This helps you save a few clicks and navigate faster. Even better, this supports a range of websites.

To check out a list of all supported sites, open Safari > Preferences > Search. Click on Manage Websites to take a look.

Set the Default Search Engine

Not everyone is a Google fan. Since you probably use the search function in Safari every day, setting up the default search engine is another minor change that can make a big difference.

You can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo as your default.

To edit the settings go to Safari then select Preferences and then select the Search tab in the preference tab.

Next to the Search engine, select an option from the dropdown menu.

From then on, when you enter a search term into the Safari address bar, your results will display from your chosen search engine.

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