Customise the Safari Bookmarks Bar
Mac Tip #384, 13 May 2009
Add your most-visited or most useful websites to the Safari Bookmarks Bar to put them only a keystroke or a single click away.
I’m sure you’ve saved some websites you’ve visited to your list of Bookmarks — it’s handy to get back to them later, as you just choose the site from a list of saved sites.
But do you have some sites that are specially important to you, or that you visit very frequently? Add them to the Bookmarks Bar to make them even easier to reach.
How to add pages to the Bookmarks Bar
First make sure the Bookmarks Bar is visible: open Safari and choose
Show Bookmarks Barfrom the View menu. A grey stripe appears below the Address Bar. It may or may not contain bookmarks already.
- To add a new Bookmark visit a web page you want to add, such as
When you are on a page you want to add, drag the favicon down into the Bookmarks Bar. A naming window appears. (Don’t know what a favicon is? I explain below.) Put the most-used bookmarks at the left-hand end for easiest access.
Show more bookmarksarrows at the right-hand end of the Bookmarks Bar. Give the Bookmark a name that’s useful to you. If you keep it really short then you can fit more Bookmarks in the visible view. You can still access Bookmarks that don’t fit by clicking the
How to use the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar
- Click a Bookmark in the Bookmarks Bar to visit that web page.
- Type Command (⌘) and a number between 1 and 9 to visit a bookmarked page.
Command 1 (⌘ 1)takes you to the leftmost bookmark.
- Access bookmarks on the Bookmarks Bar but that don’t fit in the window by clicking the arrows at the right-hand end of the Bookmarks Bar. A dropdown list appears that shows all the ‘overflow’ bookmarks.
- Choose a Bookmark from the Bookmarks > Bookmarks Bar submenu.
Many websites use one particular image as their ‘icon’ or representation. Thanks to PerformanceLogo the icon for the MacTips website is the grey cross with the smiley face inside.
That icon is usually displayed at the left-hand end inside the Address Bar, and is known as a ‘favicon‘, short for ‘favorites icon’. It is also visible in lists of Bookmarks.
Notes: to write this tip I used Safari Version 4 Public Beta (5528.16). Other versions may do things a bit differently. The MacTips logo used to have a red cross, but after the massive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2011 that seemed inappropriate so it was changed to a grey cross. MacTips comes to you from Wellington, New Zealand.