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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings Web Browsers
In addition to restoring in-window tabs, it turns out that there are a number of other hidden preferences available in the Safari 4 Beta. In the interest of efficiency, I've chosen to list all of them that I know about (as of today, at least) in this one hint. As more are uncovered in the future, I'll run those as standalone hints. But for now, here's a list of seven (in addition to the one to move the tab bar) more tweaks you can apply to Safari 4 Beta.

Each of these are boolean variables, meaning they take a TRUE or FALSE argument. They also all default to TRUE, so to enable each one, you need to set its value to FALSE. To do that, use this command template in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.safari key_name -bool FALSE
Replace key_name with the variables as shown below. To disable any one of the hacks, you can either reverse the command by replacing FALSE with TRUE, or you can delete the key entirely:
defaults delete com.apple.safari key_name
When you change any of these values, make sure Safari is not running at the time. Read on for a list of each variable and a brief description of its function.

Here's what I've discovered so far:
  • DebugSafari4IncludeGoogleSuggest -- Disable the drop-down menu in the search box that shows Google search suggestions.
  • DebugSafari4LoadProgressStyle -- This one only seems to work if you also set the following variable as well. When both are set, this one gives you the old-style blue "site loading" progress indicator in the URL bar.
  • DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -- I'm not sure exactly what this one does on its own; I know it needs to be set in order to see the old-style progress bar, though.
  • DebugSafari4IncludeFlowViewInBookmarksView -- Disables Cover Flow view when using the Bookmarks » Show All Bookmarks page.
  • DebugSafari4TopSitesZoomToPageAnimationDimsSnapshot -- When set, the page isn't dimmed when zooming to a given site from the Top Sites page.
  • DebugSafari4IncludeTopSites -- Completely disables the Top Sites feature, removing its icon from the toolbar and preventing the Top Sites page from loading.
  • DebugSafari4IncludeFancyURLCompletionList -- Eliminates the three-section drop-down menu that appears when entering a URL. Instead, behavior reverts to that of Safari 3, where you'll see previously-entered URLs as you type.
As another hint submitter pointed out (in a hint submission which was a duplicate of the 'move tab bar' hint), it's quite possible all of these settings may disappear when Safari 4 goes final, given that their names begin with DebugSafari4.... I'm hoping that proves not to be the case, as at least a few of them are quite useful -- I, for one, despise the new 'tabs on top' feature, for instance.

If you discover additional hidden settings for Safari 4 Beta, please submit them as separate hints, don't list them in the comments. (Well, feel free to list them as comments if you want, but I'd really like to be able to run them as hints, too, so they get more visibility.)
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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: rgray on Feb 25, '09 07:57:29AM
There is a Secret Safari 4 Tweaks Menu mod by "pointum" that does these trick. (Caveat: I am in no way affiliated)

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: UberFu on Feb 26, '09 02:12:26PM

I've just added this and tried it out_ While it does have some "features" and extra options - it does not do everything in the main list_



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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: macgizmo on Feb 25, '09 08:24:01AM

The "DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign" command removes the refresh/stop icon and the Bookmark icon from the new Address/URL input box and allows you to add them as normal buttons via the Customize Toolbar dialog box like you could in version 3 of Safari.



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Making this friendly
Authored by: gerwitz on Feb 25, '09 09:12:27AM
Many of these are already in Secrets, as well.

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: roofdaddy on Feb 26, '09 11:23:59AM

I had no problems to change the tabs (tabs below the bookmarks bar).
But the hint to change the Progressbar didn't work for me ( yes I changed both
LoadProgressStyle and IncludeToolbarRedesign).
Anyone experienced the same?



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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Mar 03, '09 03:18:06AM

Same here, can't bring the blue URL-bar back.

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: UberFu on Feb 26, '09 01:26:20PM

So here's my question - How are you all going about finding these commands in the first place?

I see these all the time and use many of them but never sure how to go about looking for ones that aren't already posted/ listed someplace online_

Digging thru Plist Files?

Opening the Apps up in Xcode?



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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: robg on Feb 27, '09 09:47:07AM
I wrote about the digging process in a Macworld article:

How to find hidden preference settings

Basically you dig through the strings extracted from the program's binary.

-rob.

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: sjmills on Feb 26, '09 01:40:58PM
Wow. Top Sites is a great way to bring the internet to its knees. What a stupid idea. How can one tell from a thumbnail whether or not there's anything interesting on a web page that's mostly text? Luckily I can turn that whole feature off and get rid of the stupid icon. And I can turn off top tabs and restore a unified look and user experience to my OS. Both ideas suck. I guess they're really letting the NeXT monkeys loose at Apple these days.

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: ret on Mar 01, '09 10:59:26PM

That was my initial reaction too, but after a few days' use I can see that the Top Sites thumbnail is the last impression of that site from the cache. It isn't being reloaded.

For example, I haven't looked at the Sydney Morning Herald website today, having bought the dead-tree edition on my way to work. Top Sites is showing Saturday's edition, the last time I did visit smh.com.au

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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Mar 02, '09 08:21:37AM

I like the Tabs-On-Top since it gives extra space that was only wasted with the old tabbar location, anyway. And the Topsites looks good and seems to be useful to me - what do you think causes more traffic, reloading a bunch of websites now and then or having one open torrent? There you go.

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Add Bookmark dialog sheet preference stopped working with 4 Beta
Authored by: magnamous on Feb 27, '09 05:58:42PM

As I recall, there is a defaults preference setting (as opposed to an add-on) to change the way the dropdown menu looks in the "Add Bookmark" dialog. Instead of showing the entire hierarchy of folders, it shows the top-level folders as a list. Mouse over one of the folders, and it shows you the list of sub-folders in a sub-menu. I had it set that way in 3.2.1 and MUCH preferred it. I just noticed that that setting seems to no longer work in the Safari 4 beta. It's been so long since I changed the behavior that I can't remember where I found the hint.

I tried searching all over the MacOSXHints and the Internet to find the preference setting for this (thinking that perhaps 4 Beta changed it back), but I can't find it anywhere. If anyone knows what it is, please post it! (All I can remember is that whoever posted it referenced the fact that it works this way in another browser—Firefox?—and that they were pleased that it could be changed in Safari.)



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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: UberFu on Jun 10, '09 12:45:48PM

Anybody know if there are similar tweaks for the final release of Safari 4 since Apple got conservative by the way of mass consumer irritation for change?



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A collection of additional Safari 4 Beta hidden settings
Authored by: robleach on Jan 26, '10 07:18:21AM

DebugSafari4IncludeGoogleSuggest doesn't seem to work in the latest version of Safari. Anyone know how to disable the drop-down in the latest release? I hate having to use the option keys to move the cursor with the arrow keys to the beginning or end of the line when that drop-down comes up. And frequently I nudge the mouse as I hit return to perform the search which selects whatever the mouse happens to hover over in that list. I can't stand it.

Rob



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