Frequently Visited Safari Yosemite

colonel179

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Hello, I am very sorry for the stupid question, but is there a way to hide/disable the frequently visited sites whenever you press command+L or click the address bar?

I like that it shows the favorite bookmarks, but I hate the recently visited. I disable that thing across the entire OS for files, and obviously I want to get rid of them in safari.

Does anyone know? or maybe via Terminal?

Thank you very much!!
 

The19th

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Jul 24, 2014
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I believe it's under Safari Preferences -> Search -> Smart Search Field -> uncheck the "Show Favorites" option.
 

The19th

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Jul 24, 2014
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The option prevents the recently visited sites from showing (which you didn't like) but it also stops the favorites from showing (which you liked). Maybe sending feedback to split the option into two checkmarks?
 

Nermal

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If you like, you can turn on a separate favourites bar from the View menu; this is like the bookmark bar in previous versions.
 

airlied

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I think this is really stupid and I just don't believe that such a dumb design is done by apple. Since Web browser is a quite private thing, there should be a way to turn off most visited sites from appearing right away under the address bar with so huge icons. if someone really want to see your history at least he had to open history panel to check it, now people just sit besides you and seeing what you most visited.

There is a way to turn it off but it also turns off the bookmarks, which is a pain. and the worse is, you cannot even disable it on iOS8.

Come on apple.
 

beyond

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I think this is really stupid and I just don't believe that such a dumb design is done by apple. Since Web browser is a quite private thing, there should be a way to turn off most visited sites from appearing right away under the address bar with so huge icons. if someone really want to see your history at least he had to open history panel to check it, now people just sit besides you and seeing what you most visited.

There is a way to turn it off but it also turns off the bookmarks, which is a pain. and the worse is, you cannot even disable it on iOS8.

Come on apple.
You been watching them sexy ladies have ya!?
 

cycledance

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I think this is really stupid and I just don't believe that such a dumb design is done by apple. Since Web browser is a quite private thing, there should be a way to turn off most visited sites from appearing right away under the address bar with so huge icons. if someone really want to see your history at least he had to open history panel to check it, now people just sit besides you and seeing what you most visited.

There is a way to turn it off but it also turns off the bookmarks, which is a pain. and the worse is, you cannot even disable it on iOS8.

Come on apple.
"add to reading list" actually adds/disables "add bookmarks", "add to reading list", "add to shared links" without any explanation.
editing bookmarks is a serious hassle.
adding rss to shared links is ridiculous and the implementation amateurish.

i switched to safari day 1! downloading chrome as i type...

yosemite is full with stupid design choices. i have a mac and will continue to buy them but apple as a brand doesn´t mean anything to me anymore. it's just a tech company now that is flawed like all the others.
 

NoBoMac

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How I worked around this:

Set my home page as "about:blank" (it's always been that).
Set "New Windows" "New Tabs" to open with homepage.
Safari > View > Show Favorites Bar

Done.

And won't get the drop down of frequent sites when typing in the address bar/box.
 

cocky jeremy

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Is there anyway to just modify them? I like having them there, but I'd prefer it to be a "quick launch" to my favorite sites without needing the bookmark bar. :confused:
 

WANGOOROO

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Aug 28, 2009
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How to remove frequently visited sites...

I believe this is quite simple. Just click and drag the icon for the frequently visited site off the drop down panel. I dragged several sites off and dropped to the trash and these sites have not reappeared on the frequently visited sites panel.
 

Mr Lizard

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Jan 26, 2006
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London, UK
Hello, I am very sorry for the stupid question, but is there a way to hide/disable the frequently visited sites whenever you press command+L or click the address bar?

I like that it shows the favorite bookmarks, but I hate the recently visited. I disable that thing across the entire OS for files, and obviously I want to get rid of them in safari.

Does anyone know? or maybe via Terminal?

Thank you very much!!
For Safari on OS X Yosemite, drag the icons off the Favorites sheet

For Safari on iOS 8, tap and hold the icons and tap delete.
 

Graig

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Aug 23, 2009
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This is not the only dumb choice Apple has made in Yosemite and is why I have returned to Mavericks until the dumbed down options are made right.
 

WordLyfe

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May 2, 2015
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I believe this is quite simple. Just click and drag the icon for the frequently visited site off the drop down panel. I dragged several sites off and dropped to the trash and these sites have not reappeared on the frequently visited sites panel.
Oh, but they will.
 

LV426

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Jan 22, 2013
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iOS does it properly. There's a setting for it:

Settings | Safari | General | Frequently Visited Sites

There doesn't seem to be a similar setting in El Capitan. This clearly has privacy implications. There should be a setting for it.
 

NonComm

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Oct 18, 2015
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iOS does it properly. There's a setting for it:

Settings | Safari | General | Frequently Visited Sites

There doesn't seem to be a similar setting in El Capitan. This clearly has privacy implications. There should be a setting for it.
There is a somewhat hidden setting for "Show frequently visited sites" in El Capitan. You just have to right-click (option-click) anywhere in Favourites tab:
showFVS.jpg
Easy enough. Though it is currently unknown to me whether it just disables showing freqeuntly visited or if it does disable storing frequently visited sites.
 
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LV426

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There is a somewhat hidden setting for "Show frequently visited sites" in El Capitan. You just have to right-click (option-click) anywhere in Favourites tab:
View attachment 593568
Easy enough. Though it is currently unknown to me whether it just disables showing freqeuntly visited or if it does disable storing frequently visited sites.
Thanks. I'll give that a go.