Safari issues.....

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  1. edcoche macrumors regular

    edcoche

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    This is a simple issue but an issue nonetheless. For some reason that I do not understand safari had stopped remembering my settings in direct regard to the status bar and window size. I have always had it hidden and now randomly (after owning the machine for 1 1/2 months) when I open a new window or tab it appears at the bottom of the screen. About 40% of this time this happens. It's getting to be pretty annoying. All I have to do is press "cmd /" for it to disappear but hey, this is a mac, isn't it supposed to "just work"? Also, I like to have my safari window take up the whole screen with the exception of the dock and sometimes (about 35% of the time) when I open a new window it covers the screen but appears about 1/2 an inch above the dock. Thus making me have to grab on the bottom right section and pull the window down 1/2 an inch for viewing as I prefer it to be.

    Why is this happening all of the sudden? These issues are driving me crazy!
    Any and all advice/insight is always very much appreciated. Thx in advance.

    -Ed
     
  2. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    not quite sure why this might be happening, but one suggestion would be to open safari, pull the safari window to the size you want, then command + N to open a new window and hopefully it opens the way you want it to display. If it doesn't, try pulling the new window the same way and load a third new window. That should fix it, if I understand your question correctly that is. To test, quit safari and then open it up and hopefully it works as you want.
     
  3. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Could be faulty preference file at play. If it is, then moving com.apple.Safari.plist and a relaunch of Sfari will cure it.
     
  4. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not quite sure how to perform this task. This sounds like the cure--if I only knew how to execute it.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Use Spotlight to find com.apple.Safari.plist in the Preferences folder. Quit Safari, drag this file to the Trash and reopen Safari. :)
     
  6. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    when I did that I got nothing, so I did a search for "plist" only and these were the results:

    [​IMG]

    Are any of these what I am looking for??
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Mate, please do not bump your thread.

    Have you tried opening a new user account and seeing if Safari works normally there? Did you ever reset Safari? Do you have any third party plugins associated with Safari? :)
     
  8. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

    edcoche

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    Sorry about the bump, I just hadn't had any suggestions/tips in awhile and I figured that if I bring the subject up again maybe a user that was not on the forums when the thread was moving could see the question I had and assist me. No, I have not tried opening a new user account. I could try that but that doesn't seem like something that I should have to do, but should I anyways??

    As for reseting Safari, if I were to do that then wouldn't I loose everything in regards to my history and bookmarks? I have a lot of important websites bookmarked and to have to spend the time re-booking them all would take forever and I am sure I would forget some of the addresses which would be hard to find again.

    About the 3rd party plugins, I recently installed some updated flash drivers from Adobe's website. Awhile ago I think I installed some divx drivers, I'm not sure if they apply towards Safari though. Regardless, they were installed and running long before these random status bar appearances began. I just don't understand why the bar keeps popping up all of the sudden. I mean, when I use Safari I have a tendency to have multiple windows and tabs open but I rarely "show" the status bar unless I want to see the address "path" where a link leads. I just keeps appearing for no particular reason.

    Where can I manually locate that Safari preference settings file so I can delete it and then let Safari create a new one for itself?? If that'd solve the problem at hand.
     
  9. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Your Safari Preference file is located here: Home (the little house with your name)/Library/preferences/com.apple.safari.plist

    I don't know why spotlight isn't finding it.

    Also you can reset Safari. It won't delete your bookmarks, however it will delete your history. Your call.
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Just to add to what pensive old Frisco said, creating a new user account is a common troubleshooting technique designed to determine whether the problem is sourced from the original account's Home folder or whether it is system-wide. :)
     
  11. jnette macrumors member

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    So how does one open a plist file? With what application? :confused:
     
  12. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    You don't.
     
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can open it with a text editor (such as TextEdit), but there's not usually any point.
     

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