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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour Web Browsers
Like many others, I'm still getting used to Lion's and Safari's new features, particularly full-screen mode -- which is something I'd like to use more.

One rather uncomfortable feature of the latter's implementation results from the fact that, when closing the last tab of a window, the window itself closes and takes full-screen mode with it. Not only does this mean that the next time one later goes to a web site, Safari is now in 'windowed mode', but there's some disconcerting Spaces-swapping going on in the background, and Safari loses its dedicated space to switch to quickly when using Mission Control.

Safari really needs an 'always keep the window open' option, but until that's done we need a work-around. I don't want always to leave the last web page I read open, so I came up with this idea instead.

In Safari's General preferences, type 'about:blank' into the 'Homepage' field. Back in the main window, right- (or control-) click on the Toolbar, click Customize, then add the 'Home' icon onto the toolbar wherever you want it.

Now, instead of closing the final tab, just click on 'Home' and you'll get a blank page, still in full-screen view, ready for your next browsing. Not ideal, but it works.

[crarko adds: Obviously a kludge, but sometimes that's what you have to do if you don't care for the standard behavior. I haven't gotten used to full-screen mode all that much yet, either.]
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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour
Authored by: ViewRoyal on Aug 12, '11 10:44:23AM

Actually, a much easier and more useful method is to simply click the "Top Sites" button in the menubar, before quitting Safari.

That way, instead of coming up with a blank page, you will have all of your favorite places available... in full-screen mode.



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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour
Authored by: ktizz on Aug 12, '11 11:27:06AM

Very neat. This has irritated me since fullscreen has been available. Also because it loses its Space you have to use something like the Dock or Application Switcher to get back to Safari. Your mode of working changes according to whether Safari is still fullscreen or not.

The problem occurs in all fullscreen applications and not just in Safari. In others, such as Mail and iCal, it is unusual to have multiple windows so the problem is not evident. If however you close the Message Viewer window in Mail when in fullscreen you get the same effect.



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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 12, '11 02:28:58PM

You can customize the Safari Toolbar with the New Tab button. Preferences/General lets you configure a new tab to open as a blank page. Then keyboard only folks who rather not leave the keyboard to click a button with the mouse can use Command + T to open a new tab. Because I am not familiar with a keyboard command for the Home page.

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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour
Authored by: canisbos on Aug 12, '11 11:51:21PM

Reading this hint gave me an idea for a new feature for my Safari extension, Tabkeys. Tabkeys is an extension that lets you assign custom hotkeys to tab actions, such as opening a new tab or closing the current one.

The new feature is an option that determines what happens when you close the last tab of a Safari window by hotkey. If the option is enabled, Tabkeys will replace the tab with an empty one instead of allowing Safari to close the window. The option is disabled by default, so if you want this behavior, be sure to set the option on the extension's General settings page.

The feature only applies when using ⌘W or a custom hotkey to close the last tab. It has no effect if you click the window's Close button or use the Close Window menu command.



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10.7: A work-around for Safari's odd full-screen behaviour
Authored by: mattwhiting on Aug 15, '11 01:09:21AM

That's genius. I've now installed Tabkeys and can confirm it does automatically what my hint did manually. Nice work, canisbos!



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