An introduction to Safari for Windows

by Ross McKillop on June 11, 2007

Safari Windows

This tutorial will cover some of the most common tasks when learning a new browser. Examples include “How to customize the Toolbar”, “How to clear the cache, history and cookies” and “How to force links to open in a new Tab”…

Safari 3 (which is currently in beta) is no longer a Mac-only browser. You can download a Windows version from http://www.apple.com/safari/, though you may want to wait a few days as there have already been a few security holes discovered.

If you’re wondering why you’d want yet another browser – for those of you who aren’t currently Mac users but are planning on buying an iPhone, it’s Safari that you’ll be using on that device. You might as well get used to it now :)

The installation is very straight forward – similar to most programs you’ll just click next a few times and that’s about it.

  1. How to customize the Toolbar
  2. How to clear the cache, history, cookies etc
  3. How to add the status bar
  4. How to force links to open in a new Tab rather than a new Window

How to customize the Toolbar

  1. Start by selecting View and then Customize Toolbar…
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  3. From here you can drag items to your Toolbar, and just as importantly, out of your Toolbar. If you’re used to having a Home button, you may wish to add it.
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How to clear the cache, history, cookies etc

  1. Select Edit and then Reset Safari…
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  3. From here you can choose which items you wish to delete, clear or reset.
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How to add the status bar

  1. One of the first things you might notice about Safari is that it doesn’t have a ‘status bar’ at the bottom of the browser window by default.
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  3. To add it, just click View and then Show Status Bar
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  5. And now it’ll appear at the bottom of Safari.
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How to force links to open in a new Tab rather than a new Window

  1. If you set Safari as your default browser, when you click on link to a web page from inside another application (like your email program, or a Word document) it will open in a new Safari window. To have that page open in a new tab rather than a new Window, select Edit and then Preferences…
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  3. In the Open links from applications: section, choose in a new tab in the current window.
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  5. That’s it – from now on when you click on web links from inside emails, documents etc, they’ll open in a tab, rather than a new window.
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  • http://www.macseven.com Randy

    Despite setting Safari for Windows prefs to open links from other applications in a new tab instead of a new window – they open in a new window. Drives me nuts.

    Any ideas?

  • http://www.webhosting.uk.com Harry

    Thanks for tutorials,

    But i had a bad experience for it as it requires loads of memory and seems too slow.

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Randy -

    So sorry for the delay in responding. Similar to my comment for Harry, that might have been a bug that has since been resolved. I can’t confirm that for SURE, because when I open links from other apps they open in a new tab – but I’m using the latest version…

    Harry -

    Which version were you using? They’ve updated it, twice I think, since the initial launch – and fixed a number of bugs since then.

  • Charlie

    How about opening links from web pages in a new tab, instead of a new window? That seems more important. Its like I’m using IE 6

  • Watson

    After downloaded the new beta version for windows, I am wondering is there any creammonkey (or like s/w) for safari at windows.

  • jeff

    How do I increase text size of toolbar?

  • Georgi

    despite setting Safari to be my default web browser it keeps defaulting to IE – any advice?

  • Joe

    Every time i open a link in my e-mail or to lead into another website my window comes up small i get tired of stretching it or clicking the corner box to enlarge it. It never use to do this until i had my computer reformatted.Let me know how i can adjust this problem.

  • Shohug

    hi i want to change the cache directory in windows xp. please help me to do this.

  • sa

    thanks alot ,safari is better for me>>> but there is aproblem here is the message i recived always
    Safari can’t open the page.
    Safari can’t open the page “http://www.apple.com/startpage/”. The error was: “unknown error” (kCFErrorDomainWinSock:10054) Please choose Report Bugs to Apple from the Help menu, note the error number, and describe what you did before you saw this messag.
    please help what can i do

  • Marcela

    hola, segui los pasos y los link se siguen abriendo en una ventana distinta a la actual…
    instale safari 4 (public beta)

  • andree

    I went from IE to Safari for Windows and lost the sound in the process. I use a four year old Dell PC I received for my 74th birthday, ( yes, I’m 78 now and a complete Dummy). Please help.