Dockland

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As stated above, I r e a l l y want to make the big S to Safari from Google Chrome, favorites are imported and so on, but I'm so familiar to the Google Chrome layout with the favorites on top bar and the way I can arrange them with eaze.

I can't see to get my favorites to the top bar (most frequently used one) with icons only. I always, and have always removed the "names" of my favorites just to un-clutter the experience.

Is there a way to get Safari appear exactly (visually) as Google Chrome? I mean exactly. So I won't notice the switch experience wise, that is.

Like to get rid of Google Chrome once and for all.

Safari has the same extentions I use as I do in Google Chrome, I've bought them all (not that many actually, but some ad-blocker and the great great "Dark Reader" that all just works great.

So, what I'm actually looking for it this layout (img from my Google Chrome start page)

When I manage to get my favorites to the "top bar" in Safari, there's no icons. Only "text" that I don't have/use.


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Starfia

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Ooh, that's a tough one. Safari does something like that with the icons on the Touch Bar for Macs that have one, but otherwise the tabs (which can have icons) look pretty text-dominated.
 

jz0309

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As stated above, I r e a l l y want to make the big S to Safari from Google Chrome, favorites are imported and so on, but I'm so familiar to the Google Chrome layout with the favorites on top bar and the way I can arrange them with eaze.

I can't see to get my favorites to the top bar (most frequently used one) with icons only. I always, and have always removed the "names" of my favorites just to un-clutter the experience.

Is there a way to get Safari appear exactly (visually) as Google Chrome? I mean exactly. So I won't notice the switch experience wise, that is.

Like to get rid of Google Chrome once and for all.

Safari has the same extentions I use as I do in Google Chrome, I've bought them all (not that many actually, but some ad-blocker and the great great "Dark Reader" that all just works great.

So, what I'm actually looking for it this layout (img from my Google Chrome start page)

When I manage to get my favorites to the "top bar" in Safari, there's no icons. Only "text" that I don't have/use.


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I do not believe that's possible. I am typing this on my Monterey laptop, and Safari is changing with it, tabs on top, bookmark menu still below it, bookmarks are text still ... there are some news articles here and several threads bout the new Safari.
But I seriously doubt that Apple wants Safari to look exactly as Chrome ...
 

Madhatter32

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Suggestion: try Safari and see how it works for you as is. Just because it is different does not mean the experience will be less satisfying. Go through the minor learning curve of the new browser and you will be happy you did.
 

johannnn

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of my favorites just to un-clutter the experience.
Why not just remove the favorite bar all together? The menu bar has "Bookmarks" which opens up your bookmarks. I think you haven't gotten far enough in your uncluttering.
 

Dockland

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Why not just remove the favorite bar all together? The menu bar has "Bookmarks" which opens up your bookmarks. I think you haven't gotten far enough in your uncluttering.

Why doesn't Apple make Safaris layout like Google Chrome?

I've used Safari a lot, as much as I can, but I always return to the familiar "face" of Google Chrome, unfortunately.

A top bar with icons, that's my deal breaker. No more, no less. I thought there was some addon or likewise that fixed this.
 

Dockland

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Suggestion: try Safari and see how it works for you as is. Just because it is different does not mean the experience will be less satisfying. Go through the minor learning curve of the new browser and you will be happy you did.

30% - 70% to the favor of Google Chrome. (ish)

I've used most of the browsers out there since first public version/beta of Netscape Navigator and onwards.
Safari is the only current browser that seems to miss this particular feature.
 

DeltaMac

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So, why should you try to convince yourself that Safari would somehow be a better choice, when Safari doesn't seem to do what you want?

(I use MS Edge quite often these days, or Firefox, but Safari remains my main browser. I try to not get caught up in the differences between the various browsers, and the browser that I use at the moment depends mostly on what I am doing at the time )
 
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Dockland

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So, why should you try to convince yourself that Safari would somehow be a better choice, when Safari doesn't seem to do what you want?

(I use MS Edge quite often these days, or Firefox, but Safari remains my main browser. I try to not get caught up in the differences between the various browsers, and the browser that I use at the moment depends mostly on what I am doing at the time )

The same reason i nowadays prefer MacOS instead of Gentoo Linux, that i've been using for years.

I like the ecosystem. A complete, seamless ecosystem. As on my other Apple Devices I'm using Safari exclusively, because it's native Apple. I like the Apple privacy policy, I can go on, but why would that matter?

It's way snappier (desktop version) than any other browsers out there. I can watch UHD content without hassle, nearly perfect color rendering and so on.

But the design is like a 4:th grader decided to try and make a browser to his home computer.
 

jz0309

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The same reason i nowadays prefer MacOS instead of Gentoo Linux, that i've been using for years.

I like the ecosystem. A complete, seamless ecosystem. As on my other Apple Devices I'm using Safari exclusively, because it's native Apple. I like the Apple privacy policy, I can go on, but why would that matter?

It's way snappier (desktop version) than any other browsers out there. I can watch UHD content without hassle, nearly perfect color rendering and so on.

But the design is like a 4:th grader decided to try and make a browser to his home computer.
Well, Apple will make sure Safari will never look like Chrome, you’re either going to take it “as is” or keep using Chrome.
I seem to recall Apple suing google over icons on android looking like iOS - that should tell you something…
 

Dockland

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I've switched to Safari exclusively today. Made it the default browser in MacOS.
So far so good.
 

poked

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The only time I use safari is on mobile because it makes more sense than chrome does. Chromes mobile browsing experience is absolute garbage, even if it’s Adblock is better. But on desktop? Hands down chrome is the best system. I think wanting to have a native and in-app experience is fair, but you have to weigh the pros & cons of that choice.
 

bluespark

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Why doesn't Apple make Safaris layout like Google Chrome?

I've used Safari a lot, as much as I can, but I always return to the familiar "face" of Google Chrome, unfortunately.

A top bar with icons, that's my deal breaker. No more, no less. I thought there was some addon or likewise that fixed this.
I understand seeking familiarity, and you do have a clean setup, but I've grown to much prefer Safari's sidebar to organize my bookmarks. As I see it, the vertical space is much more valuable than the horizontal space when browsing, so most of the time my bookmarks on the side don't seem to take up any actually useful room at all. On the rare occasion when they do, it's easy enough to close the bookmarks drawer altogether with the icon above it.
 

Dockland

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I understand seeking familiarity, and you do have a clean setup, but I've grown to much prefer Safari's sidebar to organize my bookmarks. As I see it, the vertical space is much more valuable than the horizontal space when browsing, so most of the time my bookmarks on the side don't seem to take up any actually useful room at all. On the rare occasion when they do, it's easy enough to close the bookmarks drawer altogether with the icon above it.

That was just me beeing grouchy. Been on Safari exclusively since. Works like charm.
 

Dockland

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What about Firefox or Brave? I found them superior to Chrome and Firefox.

Nah, and nah. Been there, done that. I'm 100% on Safari now. Very pleased once getting used to it. Don't miss a thing.

Firefox, wasn't that a web browser that died at the same time as Netscape Navigator?

On Gentoo Linux I compiled my own Chromium without some of the bloat I never used. I liked that one, but it's basically Google Chrome.

As stated. I'm on Safari now, and haven't looked back since a couple of days. Very pleased.
 
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