Can built in Google be removed from Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Brother Seamus, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Brother Seamus macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014
    Upgraded to Mavericks earlier in the week and have mostly got over the teething troubles, but am now running Safari 7.0.2, and there's one thing that is really annoying.
    When I type in the first few letters of a website I go to frequently, I get an instant drop down menu of Google searches that start with the same few letter, and "Bookmarks and History" are down well below that.
    Can this Google search be removed, or hidden?

    If I want to search for something I just go to Google's page. I don't want it popping up everywhere.
  2. gc916 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2012
    Try Safari>Preferences>Privacy>Smart Search Field and check Prevent search engine from providing suggestions
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I don't think it is possible for Safari. I'd switch to Firefox for this. There are many other tweaks and add-ons available for Firefox to customize it towards your browsing needs.

    Disable search suggestion Firefox.

    Disable search form history (necessary for search).

    Disable autofill and suggestions in address bar Firefox.

    Note: There is likely an about:config setting to only disable form history in the search bar. So that form history can be used to autofill in websites. Perhaps someone else knows that.
  4. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Thanks. Good info. That seems to work. :)
  5. Brother Seamus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014
    While that doest eliminate it completely, it certainly minimises it.
  6. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    If you use Glims extension in Safari, then you can control which search engines you want to use.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    One other thing.

    Before you type ANYTHING in the Safari entry bar, type a space character first.

    THEN enter your URL or search string.

    Any better?
  8. gsander macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008
    Safari/Preferences/General/Default Search Engine - Choose who you want.

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