safari preferences...

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  1. reecey92 macrumors newbie

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    everytime i click on preferences in safari... i only get a box that says 'tabs'
    and has 3 options for tabs... i want safari preferences! what do i do??
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You don't have options along the top for the other preference categories?

    If you log in as a different user, do you have the same problem?
     
  3. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    haha.. no, of corse there isnt any tabs across the top of the window. i checked before i posted the thread.. haha

    and there is only 1 user.
     
  4. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    So up where it says Tabs, it doesn't say Advanced, Bookmarks, General.... none of that stuff?
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Create another user and check...it only takes a minute. I suspect it's a corrupted preference file that's the problem, which should only affect one user. This will confirm that.

    Of course, I don't know which preference file that would be. It's probably <username>/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist, but I don't know for sure. And it holds a lot of information, so if you delete it, you'll probably have to fix a lot of things. You can try dragging that to your Desktop and relaunching Safari. If it fixes the problem, you'll have to redo all of your setting for Safari. If it doesn't, you can drag the old one back in there and we can figure out something else to try.
     
  6. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    this is the box that comes up when i click on preferences.
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep...got it. Did you try the things I mentioned?
     
  8. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    How very strange... have you tried deleting the preference file like someone else suggested? Or creating a new user account?

    Is there any chance that you installed LittleSnitch?
     
  9. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i dont know how to delete the preference thingo.. and what is little snitch?
     
  10. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok.. i just created a new user and the preference's in safari works.
     
  11. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    OK, well, if you don't know what LittleSnitch is then you are probably fine in that regard.

    As for the preference...

    ~/Users/[YourUserName]/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist
     
  12. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    k, so i put it in the bin...

    do i empty the bin?
     
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    No, don't trash it completely just yet. As I mentioned in my previous post, now try opening Safari and see if the problem is gone. It will notice the missing preference file and create a new one. If the problem is gone, you can then empty your Trash to get rid of the corrupted one. If the problem persists, put the old one back and check back in here.
     
  14. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Yes, making sure that Safari is quit. Then, after the bin is emptied, just restart Safari.
     
  15. reecey92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I disagree. Moving the .plist file anywhere outside of the Preferences folder (such as to the Desktop or to the Trash) renders it invisible to Safari, so it's the same as deleting it entirely. But by not emptying the Trash, the file continues to exist and you can put it back to its original location if need be.

    Edit: Well, if it's fixed now, that's great. Now you can empty the Trash. ;) :D
     
  17. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    It sounds like you need to reinstall safari. What OS are you running?

    ...nevermind.
     
  18. kencooke macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, you solved my problem with the missing preferences tabs!!

    By the way you do not even need to move the plist file. just change the ".plist" extension to ".pist" or anything else equaly silly and leave the file in place. First close Safari then rename the file extension then reopen Safari and quick as a flash a new plist file appears next to the renamed one.
     

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