How to restore Safari completely to default settings

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  1. eukkee macrumors newbie

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    I am currently running Mac OS X Version 10.7.2 on my MacBookPro 3,1.

    Safari browser is Version 5.1.2(7534.52.7).

    I have done the 'Reset Safari..' option but all my bookmarks still remain. I have also tried searching for such files as 'com.apple.safari.plist' but was unable to locate them within the ~/library/preferences folder.

    I have deleted bookmarks and history within the /Safari folder and when opening Safari Browser, all bookmarks still remain.

    Advice?

    Thanks.
     
  2. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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  3. eukkee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried removing Safari by selecting 'Move to Trash' but I was not allowed to.

    I then downloaded Safari from Apple and ran the process of installing it. When opening the browser all bookmarks still remain :(
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    So you have been to the Macintosh HD / Users / YOU / Library / Safari folder and deleted everything in there and still have your bookmarks?
    Just out of curiosity, why do you want to reset Safari?
     
  5. eukkee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep. Those folders are currently empty but oddly enough the bookmarks still show up in the bookmark bar.

    I don't use Safari as much as I have in the past and don't want unnecessary junk to be floating around. I would like it to be completely reset to default.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    The bookmarks don't take up that much storage capacity, maybe a MB or two if you have many.
    Have you employed the search method outlined below to look for Bookmarks.plist?
     
  7. eukkee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I agree, it doesn't take too much space at all. I guess I just want it back to default and after trying without succeeding I got really curious on why I was not able to and now want to figure it out.

    I will try the steps within the link you posted.

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    That was definitely helpful because now I am able to see all the Safari .plist files.

    Now the questions is, what .plist files should I be deleting. I don't want to break the browser, just get it back to default.
     
  8. merliner macrumors newbie

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    you have to stop syncing safari with mobileme/icloud as well. goto system preferences > mobileme/icloud. if that doesn't work, deauthorize all (5) devices, and redo above step. uninstall(appzap)/reinstall safari, that should work. good luck.
     

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