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Safari is the default, preferred browser built into Mac OS X. It is capable of running alongside other browsers, using tabs, storing and editing bookmarks, saving web archives, revealing a hidden address bar, and much more.


To access Safari settings, go to Safari, then Preferences. Here you can alter how Safari deals with home pages, downloads, font sizes and styles, bookmarks and integration, tabs, RSS feeds, autofill, security, cookie management, plugin management, style sheets, and much more.

Blocking Pop-Ups

To block pop-up windows, go to Safari, then click "Block Pop-Up Windows". Users can also go to Safari preferences, select the Security tab, and check the box marked "Block Pop-Up Windows". In the second method, Safari will ask users whether or not they are sure they wish to block pop-ups.

Download Manager

To view the Download window, go to Window, then Downloads. By default, this window will display previously downloaded files until the "Clear" button is pressed. This window is independent from the main application; it can remain open and visible when Safari is minimized or closed.

Activity Window

The Activity window displays elements of currently open pages. This may include webpages, images, javascript, stylesheets, flash, videos, and other files. This tool is useful for diagnosing download problems and for troubleshooting while building websites.

Private Browsing

Users can create a private browsing session in which webpages are not added to the history, items are automatically removed from the Downloads window, information isn't saved for AutoFill (including names and passwords), and searches are not added to the pop-up menu in the Google search box. Go to Safari, then Private Browsing.