Any way to not save history in Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nuks, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Nuks macrumors 6502a

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    I hate having big lists pop up everytime I go to type something in. I guess what I want to do is enable permanent "private browsing".

    Any help?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Rojo macrumors 65816

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    Re: Permanent Private Browsing

    I would love to know this too.

    I have nosey people who are always looking at my previously visited sites -- and I always have to choose "private browsing" every single time I use Safari. I'd like to have a permanent way to do this.
     
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    There is no simple way to do this (unfortunatly). However, I did find out a way a few years ago. It involves I believe write protecting a certain history file in the preferences folder so that Safari can no longer write to it, thus not being able to keep track of history.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    No idea if this would work, but off the top of my head, if the file that Safari uses as it's history were removed and then a symlink to /dev/null was put in it's place anything it tried to write to that file would just end up being nuked. Of course, if one were to try this and their computer killed a bunch of people in the process, well if you try this, you're on your own.
     
  5. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well then I think I'll probably hold off trying either of those until a simpler solution comes along.

    Thanks for your help anyway!
     
  6. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    This is another browser that does have private browsing

    http://hmdt-web.net/shiira/en

    its a Safari clone - I quite like it. In the Shiira menu there is an option for private browsing.

    I know that its not a total answer but maybe it will help
     
  7. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    In Safari go to Preferences and then the Autofill tab. Untick 'All Forms'. Thats it. However the Google search bar will keep your recent searches.

    If you want to stop logging your history, like pages visited etc. Go to Users > Library > Safari and lock the History file after you have cleared your history in Safari.

    Hope these help. :)
     
  9. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright, I've almost got that done, but how do I lock the history file?

    Thanks.
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Click on it and then 'get info' then tick the lock tick box.
     
  11. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  12. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Like I said, not hard to do, but it should have been an option in preferences anyhow. The main reason I wanted to turn the history off is because Safari will always try to autocomplete the address as you type it in. My parents type very very slowly, and they found it confusing to type in a letter or two and have like 20 websites pop up and autocomplete in.
     
  13. Nuks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  14. Ksieciulo macrumors newbie

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    how to lock safari history?

    Hi
    I mean that I don't want to clear, delete my history.How to make that history will be unable to delete.
     

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