Combine Safari’s URL and Search Bars with Safari Omnibar
One of the best things about Google Chrome’s user interface is the combined URL and search bar, where a single input bar serves both purposes, but is smart enough to know the difference between a search query and a URL. Safari doesn’t have this feature, but Omnibar fills that gap.
Safari Omnibar combines Safari’s URL bar and search bar into a single searchable input, stripping away the extra search box and simplifying the browsers interface.
Install Omnibar for Safari
Safari Omnibar works with Safari 5 and 5.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7. It’s a SIMBL plugin, but the installer also includes SIMBL.
You can download Omnibar here, it’s free and open source. All you need to do is quit Safari, run the pkg installer, and Omnibar will work upon next launch, with the search bar hiding on it’s own.
If you decided you don’t want Omnibar with Safari any longer, go to:
And remove ‘SafariOmnibar.bundle’ or, if you want to combine this into a single string from the command line:
rm /Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins/SafariOmnibar.bundle
You don’t want to delete the entire SIMBL plugin folder because apps like Maximizer for Lion and Visor require SIMBL in order to work as well.
Great find via HicksDesign, where the screenshot comes from too.