How to turn on and edit the Favorites bar in Safari
A few weeks ago, I received a panicked call from my sister. "My Favorites are gone! I don't know where they went and I don't know how to get them back." The favorites in question weren't Instagram likes or Twitter stars — no, her new work Mac had come with its Bookmarks favorites bar disabled.
It's not uncommon to see this in new OS X Yosemite Macs; Safari's default view sports as few buttons and switches as possible, so as to immerse yourself in the Web browsing experience. But it's an easy fix to reenable the Favorites bar and even edit it.
How to turn on and edit the Bookmarks bar in Safari
Turning the Bookmarks or Favorites bar on is a relatively simple process.
- Open Safari .
- Select the View menu
- Find Show Favorites Bar
(If you like keyboard shortcuts, you can also use Command-Shift-B to show or hide the bar.)
How to add new sites to your Favorites bar in Safari
Once your Favorites bar is visible, there several ways to add new sites and folders to it.
The easiest way to add a website is to drag its icon from the status bar to the Favorites bar; you'll see a green plus button to let you know it's safe to drop it onto the bar.
You can also add or edit favorites by doing the following:
- Click on the Sidebar icon in the upper left corner of Safari.
- Select the bookmarks icon .
- Open the Favorites section by clicking on the arrow.
- Click Edit .
Inside the Bookmarks editing screen, you can add folders to group bookmarks together, or simply drag bookmarks from their current location into the Favorites toolbar.
How to quickly edit your Favorites bar in Safari
If you'd prefer not to launch the full Favorites editor, you can tweak your favorites in a few different ways.
Rename them or their website: Want a different name for your new bookmark or need to update the address? Control-click (or right click) on a bookmark in the Favorites bar and select Rename Bookmark or Edit Address .
Delete: Don't want a bookmark on your Favorites bar anymore? Just drag it off the toolbar and it'll disappear in a cloud of pixel smoke.
Copy for later: Need to share an address with someone? Control-click on a bookmark and select Copy to save it to your clipboard.
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Like many applications, Safari lets you tweak its interface to suit your preferences. You can customize, hide, or show the toolbar, bookmarks bar, favorites bar, tab bar, and status bar. Configuring these Safari interface bars to suit the way you use the browser can save you time and effort.
The toolbar runs across the top of the Safari screen, where the address area is. Here's how to add and remove items to your liking.
From the View menu, select Customize Toolbar .
Select an item you want to add to the toolbar and drag it to the toolbar. Safari will automatically adjust the size of the address and search fields to make room for the new item(s). When you finish, choose Done .
Try adding iCloud Tabs to easily continue browsing sites right where you left off when using other Apple devices. Select Text Size to add the capability to change the size of text on a page quickly.
Alternatively, right-click in an open space in the toolbar and select Customize Toolbar .
You can adjust a couple of other things very quickly, too:
- Rearrange icons in the toolbar by clicking and dragging them to a new location.
- Delete an item from the toolbar by right-clicking it and selecting Remove Item from the pop-up menu.
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.
Click and drag the default toolbar set from the bottom of the window to the toolbar.
Click Done .
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Apple changed the name of the bar from bookmarks to Favorites with the release of OS X Mavericks . No matter what you call the bar, it's a handy place to store links to favorite websites.
Hide or Show the Bookmarks or Favorites Bar
If you don't use the Favorites bar or want to gain a little screen real estate, you can close the bar. Simply select View > Hide Favorites Bar ( or Hide Favorites Bar , depending on the version of Safari you are using).
If you change your mind and decide you miss the bookmarks bar, go to the View menu and select Show Bookmarks Bar or Show Favorites bar.
In OS X Yosemite and later: Web page titles no longer appear in the toolbar area of the Safari browser if you have the tab bar hidden. Displaying the Tab Bar allows you to see the current page title, even if you don't use tabs.
Like other browsers, Safari supports tabbed browsing , which lets you have multiple pages open without having multiple browser windows open.
If you open a webpage in a new tab, Safari will automatically show the tab bar. If you want the tab bar always to be visible, even if you only have a single web page open, select View > Show Tab Bar .
To hide the tab bar, select View > Hide Tab Bar .
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 or tap the Close button (the little "X") in a tab to close it.
The status bar displays at the bottom of the 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 important, but sometimes it's nice to check a URL before you go to the page, especially if the link is sending you to a different website.
- To display the status bar, select View > Show Status Bar .
- To hide the status bar, select View > Hide Status Bar .
Experiment with the Safari toolbar, favorites, tab, and status bars to find what works best for you. Generally, you'll find that having all the bars visible is most helpful, but if you need to maximize your viewing area, closing one or all is always an option.
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How do I adjust both the window size and icon size in the favorites window when I view favorites in Safari (13.0.3) from the smart search field?
I'm not sure that's possible. Would it help to sort your favorites into folders ? This may help keep things organized.
I like the way things are organized already. It's a click in the search window to bring up the favorites and another click to go to a favorite. I just want to resize the window and/or the icon size.
gogreen1 said: I like the way things are organized already. It's a click in the search window to bring up the favorites and another click to go to a favorite. I just want to resize the window and/or the icon size. Click to expand...
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How to customize Favorites in Safari on Mac, iPhone, and iPad
By Charlie Sorrel • 12:00 pm, July 5, 2017
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Whenever you open a new window or tab in Safari, you’ll see a view showing a grid of your favorite sites. But what if those Favorites aren’t actually your favorites? What if the default Favorites are useless to you, and you want to have a different set of sites appear in a new tab instead?
That’s why were here today. We’ll see how to customize the Safari Favorites in both iOS and macOS , while leaving everything else, like the bookmarks bar, intact.
What are Safari Favorites exactly?
By default on iOS, the Favorites sheet is populated by your — you guessed it — Favorite bookmark folder. This is the folder that contains the bookmarks you add to Safari’s bookmarks bar. However, it’s easy to change this for a more useful folder.
Why? Well, what if your bookmarks bar is full of fancy bookmarklets that you use to translate pages, add sites to Pinboard, or clear away pesky popups ? Those are perfectly suited to the bookmarks bar, because they’re accessible with one touch, but not so useful in a new tab, where they’ll do nothing.
No, what you want in a new browser window or tab is a page of your most-visited sites: the forums you frequent, the page with the details of class times at your yoga center, the page with the opening hours of you local chiropractor — that kind of thing. I have a folder called Mobile for this, and I use it as my “home page” on Mac and iOS. Here’s how to set it up on both.
Setting your Favorites page on macOS
This one’s easy. Fire up Safari, go to Safari>Preferences in the menu, choose General , and check out Favorites Shows . This is the pop-up menu where you can choose any of your bookmarks folders to use in the Favorites view.
You also need to make sure that the New windows open with: and New tabs open with: are set to Favorites
Now you’re done. Bonus tip: You can rearrange all the bookmarks in the Favorites view just by dragging them with the mouse.
Setting your Favorites page on iOS
On iOS it’s even easier, although instead of opening Safari you open the Settings app, and head to Settings>Safari . In there you tap the line for Favorites , and then select your desired folder in the list.
That’s it. It’s super easy. You can also rearrange icons in iOS Safari in the same way, by dragging them around in a new tab.
Setting a custom Favorites folder can be very useful. Bookmark folders sync between Mac and iOS, so you can have identical Favorites everywhere. But you can also have different Favorites on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and you can easily switch Favorites, keeping a set for home and a set for work. And as you’ve seen, changing the folder used by Favorites takes seconds. Go try it now.
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Reducing the size of the Favorites Icons on the Favorites Page
Can you reduce the size of the Favorite Icons on the Favorites page? It isn't essential but being able to see the all in once glance would be convenient
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Sep 26, 2019 9:50 AM in response to markchristianirish
You can't do that.
If you want to, you can send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem or a suggestion for change. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem/suggested change solved sooner.
Oct 16, 2019 6:39 PM in response to JazzboBebopper
Apple doesn’t routinely monitor the discussions. These are mostly user to user discussions.
Oct 16, 2019 6:25 PM in response to Eric Root
I installed updates to Safari and macOS today, and now the icon size when I click on the location bar (favorites, I think), the icons are huge and overflow the window. I've been using the favorites grid for years on end now, but their new and larger size means that they overflow the space granted to the window.
I would request that Apple either return them to their previous size or give us control over them in Safari Preferences.
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Excellent, Gary! I make extensive use of Favorites all day every day. And I also make use of Bookmarks, mainly to remember websites. But there's even more than I knew. You showed me a LOT of things about Favorites that I did not know. Keep up the fine work!
This 'replace tabs' tip is a godsend - a thousand thanks Gary. It's time I began experimenting with option/click, as there seems to be a wealth of goodies hiding behind that combo.
Great video. However, when I try to add Emoji by using control, command, space, all of my open windows just spread out on the desk top. This key short cut does not work for me. I am running BigSur and up to date. Any idea why control, command, space does not get me to the viewer.
Dan: It sounds like at some point you re-assigned this key to something else, perhaps something in System Preferences, Keyboard, Shortcuts, Mission Control. Check there and reset that shortcut to get the default functionality for Control+Command+Space back. It is also possible you installed some other windows manager or something that took over that shortcut, though I don't imagine they would use this combo as it would create problems for a lot of people.
Maybe a good follow-up video might be how to configure your browser, like trying to remember your browser. It never seems to work for me.
I replaced bookmark names with emoji but they also showed up on my wife's iPad, which she doesn't want. How do I keep that from happening? Thanks!
Jim: It sounds like you are both using the same Apple ID/iCloud Account. Therefore, the system is treating you like you are the same person. You should both have different Apple IDs and be logged into those different accounts on your devices.
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I'm having real trouble seeing the words on the Favorites or Bookmarks bar. Is there a way I can make the font larger?
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I can change the zoom on the web page itself, but the font on the address bar and my bookmarks and folders is still *tiny* Is there any way to make these large enough I can actually read them?
Use this extension to adjust the font size for the user interface.
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