How can you downgrade Safari?

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  1. BlueWolf, Mar 8, 2014
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    BlueWolf macrumors newbie

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    So I'm going to take a chance and ask this forum.

    I asked this question twice on the apple forums. First topic had no replies. Second topic, someone replied back with something but turned around and said "I will not make any suggested perference changes here at this time then". Even though I said I still needed help lol

    To start it off, just recently I've updated my Mac because somewhere I saw that updating it can reduce fan noise. So, I went to my update list and updated random stuff. I guess I shouldn't have picked Safari. The very first thing I noticed that was different was when I opened up a page and instead of the apple site coming up, my top sites showed up. Of course, that was easily changed through preferences. But my real problem however, is the bookmarks.

    Now, that person who replied to my topic on the other forum said I could only do it by downgrading to an old version of OSX. And that it's not a trivial task since it involves erasing the disk first and that I should back up everything first. When I'd asked them how would I go about doing those things, they never replied back…yet I see them replying to some other topic ._.

    All I want to know is if there was a way that I could go back to the previous version of Safari I had before I had updated to the recent one. It's impossible to search though my bookmarks in the newer one and it was much easier/made more sense on the older one I had. When I clicked on my bookmarks in the older one, it resembled the 4th layout in iTunes(if that made any sense). Now bookmarks shows up at the side of my screen in a column with my folders. With no sensible way of searching.

    Hopefully this huge wall of texts/paragraphs doesn't scare anyone off >>

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    If it's any help, I got my Macbook in November 2012…if it'd help indicate which version of Safari I had before.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    What version of Safari are you running? Try clicking "Safari" then "About Safari" and give us the version number. What version are you trying to downgrade to?

    Click "About This Mac" and give us the version number of OS X. Did your old version of Safari have a separate search and url bar?
     
  3. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    If you click on the "Bookmarks" button in the menu bar, then you click on "edit bookmarks," you will get the same old window with a searchable list of bookmarks. Command-option-B will also bring up that window.
     
  4. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had found this by looking it upon yahoo but I find it more annoying to do then anything. Especially since you can't see what you're typing and it searches through all of your folders. I missed how in the older one I had, it'd show previews of the sites I'd bookmarked. But thanks anyway.
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    What software are you running? As in version of OS X and version of Safari?
     
  6. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The version I'd seemingly updated to is 6.1.2.
    Now, as for the one I'm trying to downgrade to…whichever one was out around November 2012.
    According to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_version_history
    After looking up both 5.0.6 and 5.1.10 on youtube, it's definitely 5.1.10. I remember the google search bar at the right and the eyeglasses thing at the left under the back/forward buttons. I hope there is a way to revert to that one.
    The version of my OS X is 10.8.5
     
  7. Altemose, Mar 8, 2014
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    Try these steps:

    Download Pacifist from here: http://www.charlessoft.com

    Also download the Safari 5 Pack from Apple from here: http://appldnld.apple.com/Safari5/041-5467.20120509.F6PPX/Safari5.1.7LionManual.dmg

    This image is for Lion but should run on Mountain Lion.

    Fire up Pacifist and choose "Install Package" and select the Safari Pack you just downloaded. It will bring up a series of questions and always choose Yes or Replace when asked. Ensure you have Safari closed when you do this...

    Then when it is done, open Terminal in Applications--> Utilities --> Terminal.

    Copy in this code to the terminal window and hit enter. It will ask for an admin password to do this:

    cd /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks $ sudo mv SafariServices.framework SafariServices.framework.disabled

    once complete enter in order

    cd /System/Library/StagedFrameworks/Safari
    sudo mv SafariServices.framework SafariServices.framework.disabled
    sudo mv WebInspector.framework WebInspector.framework.disabled

    Now attempt to start Safari. If it fails run Software Update to restore it back. All credit goes to Derryl Carter for these steps...

    https://coderwall.com/p/ndm-iw

    I take no responsibility for his steps though. They worked for me on ML just now however.
     
  8. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I'll try that right now and tell you how it goes.
     
  9. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just found this but this is how the one I had looked like:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5364

    Not sure what version that is…?
     
  10. iamfredrik macrumors member

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    I don't know how it works in your version of Safari, but in the latest version 7.0.2, a search field is revealed when you scroll down the bookmarks column. It's kind of not so obvious because no scroll bars are shown until you scroll the column. If your current Safari version doesn't have the search field when you scroll down, you can upgrade to Mavericks for free to get the latest version.
     
  11. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually I got it to work, thanks! Bookmarks is looking normal again and everything ;D Only issue I have is that when I click Safari from my dock, nothing comes up. However, when I go to applications and click it from there it comes up. I probably have to restart my Mac or something. Other than that every thing is working again.

    EDIT

    lol I meant that for Altemose xD
     
  12. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Drag the Safari icon out of the Dock. Then open your Applications folder and drag it back in and restart. It should fix the issue. When you did any updates or config changes, the shortcut in the Dock probably didn't get remapped.
     
  13. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, It ended up working somehow xD Thank you for saving me the trouble of downgrading to a an old version of OS X or whatever it is that guy was telling me to do lol
     
  14. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But now for some reason my TextEdit is acting up. It just bounces when I click it @.@
     
  15. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No problem at all. These boards are here to help and try to help unlike the Apple Support Communities most of the time.

    Try going to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and verifying permissions on your hard drive volume (typically called "Macintosh HD")
     
  16. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Preview does the same thing. And when I turn my Mac off and on again, click TextEdit while clicking control on the dock, it shows the files that were open previously. It just won't close/open them. Also, I have tried verifying permissions and all it says is 'Permissions verification complete'. Odd how both are acting up all of a sudden.
     
  17. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is very odd in fact. You "Verified Permissions" Hit the "Repair Permissions" button.
     
  18. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just did that and I tried opening those two again. Both are still bouncing @.@ and showing other files I had up.
     
  19. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What I'm thinking of just doing is going ahead and reinstall my OS X. So I tried doing that but when I hold down the command and R keys like I'm suppose to, nothing comes up. I'm just going to go with me just having bad luck xD
     
  20. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Try holding Opt when you hit the power button and hold until the boot selector appears. Then choose Recovery HD...
     
  21. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. That brought up the menu for it. Now, for my last question. Do you know how to backup bookmarks in Safari? Just in case something happens.
     
  22. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I use iCloud for mine but I am not sure about local backups.
     
  23. BlueWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's cool. Reinstalled the OS X and everything is working perfect again! Original Safari I had(meaning I can search through my bookmarks), Preview and TextEdit all work again! Thanks a lot ;D
     
  24. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No problem! Glad it helped.
     

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