Disable “Top Sites” in Safari

Mar 26, 2012 - 6 Comments

Top Sites in Safari

New windows and tabs in Safari default to displaying a 3×4 grid of “Top Sites”, representing the web sites you visit the most often. This can make for a nice home page, but sometimes it will display sites you don’t want showing up, and it can also slow down Safari on older computers. For those that use Safari as their default browser, speed it up and avoid any potential embarrassment by disabling “Top Sites” from appearing in new windows and tabs:

  • Pull down the Safari menu and choose “Preferences”
  • Under the “General” tab look for “New windows open with:” and choose “Homepage” or any option other than Top Sites
  • Directly below, find “New tabs open with:” and choose “Empty Page” or any option other than Top Sites
  • Close out of Preferences

If you want Safari to be as fast as possible, choose “Empty Page” as both options, though we certainly won’t complain if you set http://osxdaily.com as your home page.

Anyway, open a new tab or window to confirm the change has taken place. You can always get Top Sites back by selecting it again in the same preference panel, though

Disable Top Sites in Safari

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

6 Comments

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  1. Gavin says:

    Top Sites is humiliation waiting to happen, I disable it immediately!

  2. Shirley Allan says:

    To get rid of the already accumulated images, go to Safari>Reset Safari. Select “Remove all webpage preview images” and “Remove all website icons” and click the reset button.
    To stop Safari from gathering more images, in Finder, go to the Go menu and press the Option key to get to your Library. Find Caches and then com.apple.Safari>Webpage Previews. Select this folder and press Command I (Get Info). In the Get Info window, check the Lock button. With the folder locked, Safari can no longer save images to it.

  3. Allison says:

    I actually was wondering how to do this. I am using Safari on a Windows Machine and it worked like a charm! Thanks so much for this article!

  4. Tom in Nanaimo says:

    Hi
    I tried your tip about getting rid of the top sites loading when you start up Safari.My OS is Leopard and the hated top sites still load,I also tried Shirley Allan suggestions with out success,Is my Safari stuck or is it me that isn’t fallowing your instructions.Also what a great site and I do have osX Daily site set on my home page and find the site better than anything Apple could hope for,I hope they see and read you.
    help when you can.
    Thanks

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