Command click the Title Bar in Safari to go Home
Mac Tip #508, 19 October 2011
The Command click trick quickly shows where a document is saved in apps such as TextEdit, but in Safari it can help you backtrack in a hurry through a website. Here’s how it works.
This trick works only for the Safari web browser, and not in Firefox or other web browsers I’ve tested.
Command click the Title Bar in Safari
In Command click a Title for quick navigation I showed how to reveal a saved document in its folder in the Finder. The Safari web browser has an interesting similar trick:
Command (⌘) click the title of a web page to show its path back to the Home Page and easily go to the intermediate pages.
The Safari Title Bar
In a web browser, such as Safari, the Title Bar is the grey strip at the very top of the window. When people make web pages they provide a Title for the page and that is displayed in the middle of the Title Bar.
Open a folder or group by letting go on the right item in the list
- Hold down the
Command (⌘)key — and keep holding it while you click on the
Titleof the web page.
- A dropdown list appears that shows all the enclosing groups for that document on the web site. Slide down the list of enclosing groups to one of the groups and let go on that one.
The relevant web page will load in.
Bonus information: How web addresses work
In my first screenshot you can’t actually see that the Title of the web page I’m viewing is
Command click a Title for quick navigation — Mac Tips.
When the web page was saved its file name was very similar to the Title:
That web page is located inside a couple of groups: the
10 group (for October) and the
2011 year group.
Everything is part of the MacTips website, housed at
That means that you can find
- all MacTips at the base address of
- all 2011 MacTips at the base address of
- all October 2011 MacTips at the base address of
The first screenshot shows these groups in the dropdown menu.
Savvy web users: once upon a time each item in the URL referred to a directory. Now, with content being drawn from databases those items are more a grouping feature than a reflection of site structure, hence my reference to groups rather than directories.
How do you use this feature on the Mac? Tell us in the Comments at the website.
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Credit where it’s due
This Tip was written by Miraz Jordan, http://mactips.info, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.