9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2013 9:06 AM by andyBall_uk
Cranfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am building a hobby site that opens some maps in a sized window, As most browsers have the option of opening into tabs rather than windows I would like to know what the default setting is for Safari.

 

Under Preferences / Tabs there is a setting  'Open pages in tabs instead of windows':

 

From my research I think the defaults are:

 

Safari 6 - Automatically

 

Safari 5 - Never

 

It looks as though it changed between versions 5 and 6. Or maybe it changed between OSX 10.6 and 10.7 ?

 

If a few users who still have their default settings in place could confirm this to me, I would be very grateful.

 

Thanks.


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (20,930 points)

    Saafri 6:  Automatic

     

     

    Safari 5:  Automatic

     

    http://basics4mac.com/article.php/safari5_force_tabs

     

    http://browsers.about.com/od/safar1/ss/Manage-Tabbed-Browsing-In-Safari-5-OSX_5. htm

     

    This is what I could find from googling.

  • 2. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    Cranfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Domininc for the work you did on this.

     

    I am reasonably confident that the default on Safari 6 with OSX 10.7 is 'Automatically'.

     

    I am however still uncertain as to the default on Safari 5. I know your first link states that the default is 'Automatically',  but:

     

    1) I just did a new install of 5.17 onto Windows and the default is 'Never'. This disk has never had a previous version so it can't be carrying forward any previous settings. Maybe the defaults are different on the Windows version?

     

    2) I restored a Mac backup with 5.19 OS X 10.68 on it, this also has the setting as 'Never' . However, in this instance I can't rule out that I had at some time overidden the default.

     

    If somebody out there is running Safari 5.1 on a Mac and has not altered the defaults, I would be very grateful if you could tell me what the setting is and on which OS X . Thanks.

  • 3. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,320 points)

    5.1.10 here - but you're right - it's Never.

  • 4. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    Cranfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks very much Andy.

     

    1) Do you mind if I ask, are you on OS X 10.68? I'm not sure if the OS X or WebKit version is a factor, probably unlikeky.

     

    2) Any chance you changed the default at any time?

     

    Could someone else also confrim that 'Never' is the default on 5.1. The more, the better. Thanks.

  • 5. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,320 points)

    1:  5.1.10 is only available for 10.6.8

     

    2: No - I checked in a Guest account, which starts with new, default settings each time.

  • 6. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    Cranfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Andy.

     

    I didn't know about the Guest Account, I mostly only use my Mac to test websites.

     

    I tested both my Safari versions, 6 on OS X 10.7 and 5.1 on OS X 10.6.8 using the Guest Account and confirmed the defaults are as I originally suggested (and you confirmed).

     

    I think it is possible to run 5.1 on OS X 10.7 if the update is not applied? This being the case, the only thing I don't know now is what a user still running 5.1 on OS X 10.7 has as a default. I would expect 'Never', but if the version of WebKit determines this setting (which I doubt), it might be 'Auto'.

     

    If you have any insight on this last bit, I would appreciate it, but thanks very much anyway

  • 7. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,320 points)

    I don't have 10.7 or 8 with 5.1 to check, & I'm not sure how the default for an easily altered setting helps - but http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5050 suggests that it was never.

  • 8. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    Cranfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Andy thanks.

     

    I am assuming that most people who have the default set to 'Automatically' won't change it back to 'Never'. Tabs rather than Windows seem to be a lot more popular these days.

     

    For the ones that are set by default to 'Automatically' it's possible to deliver a tab using javascript.

     

    For the ones that are on 'Never' by default, you can deliver a formatted window using different javascript, but if you try to use the method above you still get a window but don't have any control over it.

     

    In the scenario where someone changes the default:

     

    In 5 to 'Automatically' they will still get a formatted window.

     

    In 6 to 'Never', the window won't be controlled, I will accept that, hopefully not many.

     

    In 5 or 6 to 'Always' it goes to a tab regardless.

     

    Too much info I know, thanks anyway.

  • 9. Re: Safari 6 default settings for Tabs
    andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,320 points)

    >>Too much info I know...

    Not at all - that & re-reading your first post helped.