My default Safari settings

After seeing Jeremy Keith mention that he was testing Safari 15 via the Safari Technology Preview, I decided to try it as well. I’m writing this post in it right now and I plan on using it for a few days at the very least.

One thing I noticed right off the bat was that the Safari Technology Preview didn’t import my Safari settings. It did keep my history in tact though. So I’m jotting down my settings to make it easier for me to remember – perhaps you can use them as well.

  • General tab
    • Safari opens with: All windows from last session
    • New windows open with: Start Page
    • New tabs open with: Empty Page
  • Search tab
    • Search engine: DuckDuckGo
  • Websites tab
    • Notifications: Turn off “Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications”
  • Extensions tab
    • I install 1Password
    • And enable NetNewsWire’s “Subscribe to Feed”
  • Advanced tab
    • Smart Search Field: Enable “Show full website address”
    • Enable “Never Use Background Color in Toolbar”*
    • Enable “Show Develop menu in menu bar”

A simple set up that I like. I’ve only been using the Safari Technology Preview for a day but so far I have no real gripes with how it works and – so far, at least – I like the way the Tab Groups work. I have turned off the toolbar color option because in many cases it makes the tabs difficult to read. For me. Maybe others will love it and keep it there. Perhaps Apple will improve how on they choose the contrast of the text to color there but for now it isn’t good enough in real use.

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