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Downgrade From Safari 6 to 5.1.7

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Madelinefromwa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 26, 2012 10:32 AM

I have just updated my Safari app from 5.7.1 to 6 and I'm not liking it. I don't like the changes to the tabs. And I REALLY don't like the combined google and adress bar that has been introduced with this version.

So I guess I would like to know if there is a way to go back. If there isn't I would like to know if there is a way to change the view settings to a similar 5.1.7 features.


Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,550 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to Madelinefromwa)

    Restore the backup you made prior to the upgrade.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,165 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 10:34 AM (in response to Madelinefromwa)

    No, because the previous version will not work with the version of OS X you now have installed.

  • d-light Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to Kappy)

    I have updated to OSX 10.7.5 but did not update Safari when I first read about the changes introduced with version 6.0.

    That said, I run Safari 5.1.7 without any noticeable problems so far.


    Is there any urgent implication to update Safari in terms of security issues?

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    Oct 27, 2012 9:47 PM (in response to Madelinefromwa)

    Has anyone gotten Safari 5 to work on Mountain Lion?


    Version 6 is cheesing me off

  • Sasparilla256 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 9:43 PM (in response to Madelinefromwa)

    As long as you are running OS X Lion (not Mountain Lion) you can use the developers "beta" uninstaller to restore 5.1.7 (when 6 installed it actually moved 5.1.7 to a backup area where this uninstaller restores it from).


    One is located here:



    If you're running Mountain Lion then there is no option as it comes with and requires Safari 6 or higher.  There are things like RSS that was ripped out of OS X (that Safari v5.1.7 depended on) and is not there on Mountain Lion.  RSS was used on the Top Sites page to let you know if the pages for the websites had been updated so that is gone with v6 as well.


    One thing to note is that rolling back to Safari 5.1.7 means that you won't be getting security updates to Safari (which were done on 6), on the other hand 5.1.7 seems to be much better at memory management than 6.x..


    I've tried several times to go to 6, but keep going back to 5.1.7, despite the limitations, as it works so much better for me.


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