How to Hide the Safari Favorite Bookmark Menu URL Dropdown in Mac OS X
Mac Safari users in the latest versions of OS X have discovered that when the URL bar is clicked in Safari, a panel of bookmark icons and Favorites appears. This is a lot like how Safari iOS works, and these icons can be clicked to visit sites quickly, or moved, removed, and rearranged as desired. But some Mac users may wish to not see the bookmark favorites icon drop down menu thing at all, and would rather just be able to click into the URL bar of Safari and enter a site address or search term without the popup.
If the bookmarks dropdown menu bothers you, you can quickly turn it off in Safari settings, though the preference isn’t necessarily named something you would expect:
Hiding the Safari Bookmark Icon Menu in Mac OS X
- pull down the “Safari” menu and choose “Preferences”
- Select the “Search” tab
- Uncheck the box next to “Show Favorites” under the ‘Smart Search Field’ section
- Close Preferences as usual
Now when you click into the URL bar of Safari, the large favorites and bookmark menu will no longer appear as a drop down selection. Instead, you’ll see just a simple URL bar that is highlighted.
Compared to how this looks before, which, while making it very easy to view your favorite websites and bookmarks, looks a bit more cluttered.
Whether or not you use or like this particular feature is obviously a matter of personal preference.
Speaking of the the same search field in new versions of Safari, you can default back to showing a websites full URL with a Safari settings adjustment too. Why the complete URL is hidden by default in OS X Yosemite is assumed to be a simplification attempt, but switching that back is a feature that is highly recommended to change for most Mac users, particularly those who work with the web or who just want to see exactly where on any given website they are visiting.
Thanks to Dale for the great tip idea left in our comments!