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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page Web Browsers
If you'd like Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites screen to be your default home page, here's all you need to do. Open Safari 4's Preferences, and choose the General tab. In the Home Page box, enter topsites:, then close Preferences.

Your home page is now set as the Top Sites screen -- click the Home button in Safari 4's tool bar, and your current page will be replaced with the Top Sites screen.
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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: drudus on Mar 17, '09 08:02:25AM

You can also just use the popup menu to select the top sites page in the same 'Preferences > General' section.



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: sredlums on Mar 17, '09 08:03:40AM

I have no doubts this works, but what is wrong with just opening Top Sites, opening preferences and than click the 'Set to current page' button?
Seems way easier to me...



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: hedbngr on Mar 17, '09 01:52:53PM

My "Set to Current Page" is always grayed out so this hint really helped me out.



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: palahala on Mar 17, '09 02:29:49PM

> My "Set to Current Page" is always grayed

Hmmm, makes me wonder if the options "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" (right above that button) do give you the choice "Top Sites"?



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: aschmidtm on Mar 17, '09 08:27:10AM

You can also go into preferences and set "New windows opens with:" to show "Top Sites"
No need to type anything in.
You can also use the menu right below that to set what new tabs will show.

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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: chabig on Mar 17, '09 09:45:07AM

The real beauty of knowing about topsites:// is that it's applescriptable.



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: f3rdito on Mar 17, '09 11:49:28AM

Cool, now when I start Safari it goes straight to "Top Sites." Thanks



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: DCJ001 on Mar 17, '09 11:53:59AM
Or, if you'd like the deluxe version of the top sites page as your home page with the animated intro, use:

http://www.apple.com/safari/welcome/

as your home page URL.

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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: f3rdito on Mar 17, '09 12:08:33PM

The deluxe version is even better. I had it that way before but removed it because the animation wasn't showing at times. I like going straight into "Top Sites." I want more Safari hints! :)



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Hit Tab twice to get from Safari's Top Sites to your history's Cover Flow view
Authored by: palahala on Mar 17, '09 12:35:36PM

And while your cursor is in the location bar when seeing the Top Sites, hit Tab to get to the (Google) Search Bar (well, nothing new here; just like when hitting Cmd-L » Tab for any other page you're viewing). Next, hit Tab once more to get to the Cover Flow view of your history. Yet another Tab gets you the Top Sites again.



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: PizzaCake on Mar 17, '09 03:25:38PM

Thanks! Safari lets you set new page/tab to Top Sites but there is such option for the Home page. This hint fixes that, thanks again.



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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: gteague on Mar 17, '09 11:42:38PM

i too thought that 'topsites' was an option for the home page via a drop down box. unfortunately, i'm not at my mac right now, but the windows version of safari 4 lets you set topsites as your home page via a button called 'set to current page' which inserts topsites:///.

a question: i have a folder called 'startup' in my bookmark bar which i click to load a half-dozen sites. unlike firefox which has a 'use current pages' option, i can't figure out how to get safari to load all these sites at once upon startup.

/guy

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Set Safari 4 Beta's Top Sites page as home page
Authored by: palahala on Mar 17, '09 11:57:30PM

> i can't figure out how to get safari to load all these sites at once upon startup.

I don't know the answer for startup, but for (each) new window one can select either "Tabs for Bookmarks Folder" or "Choose tabs folder...". But then those tabs would be loaded each time you hit Cmd-N. Maybe that helps you investigate more.



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Correction
Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 18, '09 12:36:21AM

It's not: topsites://

It's just: topsites:

You don't need the slashes, and in fact they are wrong, because 'topsites' isn't a protocol like http or ftp.



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Set Startup to open in new window
Authored by: DamnItsHot on Mar 25, '09 05:59:32AM
@gteague: If I understand you correctly all you have to do is go to Preferences|General and select "New Windows Open With…" and click on the popup menu. In the popup menu select "Choose tabs folder…" and select your Startup folder (it is just a folder of bookmarks) and it will then open new windows with your startup stuff. If you only want it to happen when you start Safari then it should be easy to accomplish with a script to open that same folder when the app is launched instead of for every new window.

BTW: I am not sure if there is a protocol for questions but since this "sort-of" related I answered this "off topic" query.

jOhn

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