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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5 Web Browsers
In Safari 4, the only way to toggle Private Browsing is via the Safari » Private Browsing... menu selection. However, in Safari 5, a button appears in the URL bar similar to the RSS and Reader buttons when Private Browsing is active. Simply click it and Private Browsing will be turned off.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. Note this will only turn Private Browsing off, not back on. It really should be a true toggle instead. Maybe there will be (or is) a Safari extension to do this?]
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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 15, '10 10:19:55AM

At least it givers you a warning.

Personally, I wouldn't want that wasting space in my URL bar all the time, though.



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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: ericcartman on Jun 15, '10 10:29:42AM

thats brilliant thank you!



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Should be a preference!!!
Authored by: slb on Jun 15, '10 11:45:44AM

I have filed this with Apple, and I don't know why they refuse to make this a preference.
But, I think it should be. Most other browsers do.
Thanks for the hint.



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Should be a preference!!!
Authored by: rab777hp on Jun 15, '10 02:42:34PM

Since when has apple cared what we thought?



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Should be a preference!!!
Authored by: slb on Jun 15, '10 04:24:24PM

That's not the point. :P



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Should be a preference!!!
Authored by: pony777 on Jun 16, '10 09:29:00PM

You know how when you are asked in iTunes to accept the new version of the user agreement and before the long bunch legalese there is a short summary of the changes. This was not always the case. A few years back I made a suggestion via the Apple feedback page that they add such a summary so that user wouldn't have to hunt for changes each time Apple introduced new features. Shortly after I made the suggestion, there was a new iTunes along with a new user agreement and box at the top explaining the changes. They may not implement most of the changes we users suggest, but they do listen.



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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: tedw on Jun 16, '10 12:54:55AM
for those interested, the easiest solution to this problem is set up a hot key for private browsing:
  1. Open the System Preferences app
  2. Select the Keyboard preferences pane
  3. Select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab
  4. Click the + buton
  5. Make sure the Application pulldown menu says Safari
  6. Enter the phrase Private Browsing... in the Menu Title text box
  7. Enter a keyboard shortcut (shift-command-P works)
viola!

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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: loser on Jun 16, '10 09:47:31AM

if in step 6 instead of Private Browsing... you enter Private Browsing (without the ...) then the same shortcut can be used to turn both on and off and this time without any warning messages



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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: tedw on Jun 16, '10 12:53:48PM

Good catch - I missed that.



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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: Stormchild on Jun 16, '10 03:05:36PM

Disagree with the idea of making it a persistent toggle. That's just a waste of space.

Nobody needs to toggle private browsing on/off frequently. It's meant as a reminder that you're in private browsing mode (there are a variety of reasons why you wouldn't want to leave that on all the time), and nothing else.

Apple made the right choice.



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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jun 18, '10 08:50:11AM

And this is the one thing I find most characteristic and annoying about Apple users and Apple itself - the underlying assumption that someone else knows better than you and can dictate for everyone. Apple is the corporate embodiment of the nanny state, forever telling everyone what is best for them. I don't say it's wrong or bad; clearly, many people prefer this model. I do not. What I do take issue with is the pervasive Stockholm syndrome-like attitude of users who will rush to defend whatever freedom of choice Apple has limited or eliminated. It reminds me too of the child of an abusive parent, who would never dare criticize the parent all the while he or she is being abused.

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Turn Private Browsing off in Safari 5
Authored by: crarko on Jun 18, '10 10:32:54AM

Ummm, what?

The decaf is right over there.



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