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Safari Won't Reopen To HomePage in Lion

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Pappasbike Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)
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Jul 20, 2011 12:06 PM

Just installed Lion on three computers but on one, a 2010 Macbook Air, when I launch Safari it opens with a blank address bar. In Safari preferences I have the homepage I want showing properly and if I click on the hompage icon on the tool bar it takes me to the correct homepage but if I restart/relaunch Safari I always get the blank address field. I did remove the com.apple.safari.plist from the preferences folder but after I reconfigured evrything I'm still getting the blank window. On my other two computers Safari is working properly. Can anyone help?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7), 2010
  • Mark Calice Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2011 12:57 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    It's not Lion that is causing this. This is also happening on Snow Leopard. It is the new version 5.1 of Safari.

     

    Apple changed the way new windows open. If you set the "New windows open with" preference to "Homepage", then ALL new windows will now open with your homepage setting, including the initial startup window. Unfortunately, I used to like having the ability to set that preference to "Same Page" while startup would auto open my homepage. Safari (and still all other browsers) used to automatically open your homepage upon launch. This now apparently, is not possible. Maybe it's an inadvertent bug, but if not, if enough people complain, maybe they will change it back.

  • William Hamilton2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    No matter what setting I use Safari always returns to the last web page I used.  It did not do this under Snow Leopard.  I have cleared the cache and set and reset that it should open to my homepage.

  • William Hamilton2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 20, 2011 3:52 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Thanks the System Preferences setting that finally solved it.

  • Peterfromkalmar Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2011 3:56 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Hi.

    I also found the solution that worked.

    Go to System Preferences/click General/ Make the check box "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" emty.

    Safari will now open in the home page if you have set that in Safari's preferences.

  • BillyInPS Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:38 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Yes, that worked..  unchecking "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" under "Number of recent items:" in General pane of System Preference.  Thank you, Mr Peter!

  • Sergeant Karma Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 12:43 AM (in response to Pappasbike)

    It has to be a bug. if it has been changed for a reason, I'm sure curious as to what that reason might be.

  • philout Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2011 3:32 AM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Would you guys mind if I put some trouble into this post ??

    I was used to use Top Sites as a default home page and whenever I opened a new tab or window on Snow Leopard (previous version of Safari 5.1), and now, even the box unchecked box in the General Preferences, I still get my last visited page opened whenever I launch Safari after quitting it with the Command-Q shortcut....

    I've read on forums that is caused by the "resume" feature of Lion...

    How the **** can we turn that off ??

     

    Also I have the same problem under Aperçu.................. and they call it "change", "revolutionnary" ???

  • Mark Calice Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to Sergeant Karma)

    Unfortunately, there is no "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" under General prefs in Snow Leopard.

  • Doug Guillot Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:09 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    I am using Safari 5.1 and Lion. It worked as expected when it was Safari 5.0 and Snow Leopard. Not sure what caused the problem, Lion (most likely) or Safari. I'm finding more and more things about this "Upgrade" that are really a step or 4 backwards. getting annoyed.

  • PocketPlug Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2011 9:09 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Yes, it must be a bug.  The way to get around it is to close all Safari windows first, then Quit Safari.  Seriously, you now need TWO actions to correctly close Safari where previously you only needed ONE.  Ugh!

  • Tim Kilburn Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:48 PM (in response to Pappasbike)

    I agree with the frustration.  Although, I have found that you can press cmd-option-q to Quit and discard Windows which will allow Safari to open your Home page on startup.  I expect that you should also be able to hold down the Option key and clicking Quit if you're a mouser instead of a keyboard rat.  This keeps it down to one step instead of two.

  • jcbigears Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 3:45 AM (in response to Pappasbike)

    Frustrating.

    I hate it when Apple change things, and don't tell you.  I used to open Safari to a folder in my bookmarks bar.  It would open three tabs, all being the days news.  Loved it.

    Now, with Lion and Safari 5.1, it ALWAYS goes to the last tabs open.  I've switched the "restore windows..." setting in system prefs, general, as well as setting in Safari prefs, new window opens with "tabs for homepage".  Nup.  Still doesn't work.

    It really makes me wonder how much testing they do before release.  Sure, there may be no bugs as such, but changing the fundamental way a very common program opens, and apparently not leaving any way of fixing it...

    Arghhhh!!!!!

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