Splitting the search/URL bar in Safari 6?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mcdj, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Anyone seen a tweak or extension to get the old separate search/URL fields? Not digging the unified bar at all.
  2. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Agree, I happen to be smart enough to know the difference and now I feel just like the dumb masses.
  3. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    where is the search bar in safari 6? by default, I only have a url bar
  4. moreeadv macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    Haven't figured it out. I even called Apple to see if they could split the bar - they didn't know how to. I wonder if this is a "windows" type url/search feature? I'm not liking it. Also, why doesn't Apple supply PDF's of the changes so you could read what they are? At first I was like....."what the......where's my search bar???" lol
  5. travis64 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008
    this way is a lot better you can put the exact website or typ a word and go right to google
  6. Marjamrob1 macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    I hate it, because it takes up to much space, and is unnecessarily simple, has anyone tried right clicking, and doing customize toolbar? I am installing it later tonight.
  7. bakerzdosen macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Just one more "hate it" vote from me.

    Hate hate hate hate HATE it.
  8. slembcke macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    Egh. Yeah it's obnoxious. Safari was the last browser that didn't have the moron bar. Now typing in a domain name sans the TLD brings you to a Google search instead of using search domains. -_- I guess I'll just have to add the .com/net bits to my muscle memory...

    (me grumbles incoherently about stupid people that don't know the difference between a search and a URL)
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I can understand why Apple's programmers believed the URL bar and search bar should be combined -- probably to "simplify" (stupefy?) the app in an IOS kind of way.

    However, why not give the user the option to either combine or separate the two bars? Could be done through the Safari prefs dialogs, or, why not put this choice in the "Customize Toolbar..." icon choices?
  10. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Not a fan either, I think mostly because its so long. I don't care if they are combined, just make it shorter.

    And I don't think its meant to be like iOS, since iOS doesn't even have this. Unless iOS 6 does?
  11. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    OMG this is driving me nuts. Just make it an option to go back to the split search bar. Grrrrrr.
  12. BaylorRae macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    I hope iOS 6 doesn't use the unified address bar. That would be a nightmare :eek:.
  13. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    What is the drawback of a universal bar? Or is this just old folk talking?
  14. csjcsj macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2011
    Sarasota FL
    I am tired of Apple dumbing things down and adopting the worst Windows type moves. An integrated bar is as useful as is hiding the library/fonts folder so I can add fonts manually instead of having to deal with their type utility.

    If I wanted a Windows machine I would have bought one - they're cheaper.
  15. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    the unified URL/Search bar is not Windows-Like. It is Chrome-Like. Firefox still has separate URL & Search.
  16. uuaschbaer, Jul 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012

    uuaschbaer macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    Given Google's auto-suggest function, will every letter of every URL I ever type be sent to Google? For the time being going back to Firefox, I think.

    Edit: Would I be able to use LittleSnitch to forbid Safari sending information to Google?
    Edit 2: Well, it does ruin auto-suggest, so that's hopeful.
  17. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    I'm still getting used to it but here's a positive note: When you open a new tab or window, you don't have it defaulted into the search bar when you really want to type a URL.

    Glass half full? Anyone? :D
  18. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I agree, this is one of my less-liked changes in 10.8.

    Not for the first time (nor I suspect, the last), I don't see why Apple couldn't just let the user decide, on this case whether they want an omnibar or separate URL/search fields.

    Hopefully we will get that option later, or there will be a hack of some sort.

    Speaking of how options are good...

    Safari has a new Privacy option to turn off search suggestions. Check out its preferences.
  19. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Mark me down for wanting it the old way, i guess the biggest issue is just having that bar so long.
  20. uuaschbaer macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    Oh bril, thanks!
  21. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Getting used to it, but its just so stinking loooooong.:).
  22. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    Wow, I can't believe there are people who prefer the old way. That was actually a dealbreaker for me with the old Safari. What is this, 1995? You guys are crazy.
  23. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    I guess I just dont understand the advantages, whats better about it? I could easily be missing something that would change my mind:confused:.
  24. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    You're asking the wrong question. What's worse about it? Nothing. There's one bar for whatever you want to do. Whenever I'd cmd-t to open a new tab in the old Safari I'd always start typing and be in the wrong box. There's just no reason to NOT have a unified bar. There's a reason everyone started ripping it off after Google released Chrome. It's the natural evolution of the browser.
  25. dpk macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2008
    > What's worse about it? Nothing.

    In Safari 5, when you start a search in the search box that search text stays put no matter how many of the resulting links you visit. This means you can easily search for something, check out the results (going as deep as you want), and then easily refine the search by simply hitting your search-bar hotkey (cmd-K for me) and typing. You don't have to navigate all the way back to Google or start from scratch, or rely on saved search history.

    There are a lot of people that really like combined search boxes, but there's enough that don't that it should have been retained as an option.

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