Command click the Title Bar in Safari to go Home


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.

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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 reveals the path to the web page.

The Safari Title Bar reveals the path to the web page. This page is on Mactips.info in the 10 folder inside the 2011 folder.

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.

The Title is specified in the code for the web page.

The Title is specified in the code hiding behind a web page.

Open a folder or group by letting go on the right item in the list

  1. Hold down the Command (⌘) key — and keep holding it while you click on the Title of the web page.
  2. 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: command-click-a-title-for-quick-navigation.

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 http://mactips.info.

That means that you can find

  • all MacTips at the base address of http://mactips.info
  • all 2011 MacTips at the base address of http://mactips.info/2011
  • all October 2011 MacTips at the base address of http://mactips.info/2011/10

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.

Learn more about Safari

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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.

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2 Comments

  1. Donald Perreault said:

    Great tip, Miraz. Almost didn’t read it because I found the title a bit misleading for me but I am not very bright, maybe most people got it right on. However, I assumed you mean’t the browsers default home page not the home page of the current web site. Just thought you may want to know that a dummy like me was confused.

    BTW: Love your accent.

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