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Easily disable styles and JavaScript in Safari Web Browsers
If you're a web developer on the Mac, you may be sick of everyone talking about Firefox add-ons that do seemingly everything. True, Firefox is a great browser that is very expandable, but I love Safari, and I want to do as much web development on Safari as possible. The Firefox add-on feature that I missed the most in Safari was Disable Styles and Disable Javascript, both of which are super-easily done in Firefox via the Web Developer Plug-in. With the advent of Safari 3, disabling CSS and Javascript can be done with a couple of (user definable) keystroke combinations.

To gain control over JavaScript and CSS in Safari, open its preferences, and switch to the Advanced tab. Check the box labeled 'Show Develop menu in menu bar.' You should now see the Develop menu; if you activate it, you'll see a number of options for disabling certain web features, including CSS and JavaScript. Now you can use the Keyboard System Preferences panel to assign keyboard shortcuts to anything in this menu, as you would with any other menu item. I assigned Shift-Command-S to Disable Styles, and Shift-Command-Option-S to Disable Javascript. Obviously, you can create shortcuts for anything else in the Develop menu using the same technique.

[robg adds: I extensively modified the above hint, shortening it quite a bit and rewriting the how-to section. If you'd like more details on precisely how to create the keyboard shortcuts, including screen shots of each step, you can read the original version of the hint in the author's blog entry.]
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Easily disable styles and JavaScript in Safari
Authored by: dashard on Jun 05, '08 05:53:28AM

I see no such checkbox in the Advanced tab of Safari 3.0.4 prefs.



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Easily disable styles and JavaScript in Safari
Authored by: zpjet on Jun 05, '08 06:15:44AM

i guess it's been there only since 3.1.

i used apple-u for Disable Styles as it's close to another "developer" shortcut - view source, apple-alt-u.



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Only in 3.1
Authored by: morespace54 on Jun 05, '08 06:57:26AM

otherwise, you have to do type:
(Within Terminal.app)

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1


to disable the menu:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 0



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