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The simple way to speed up Safari

6030 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2008 1:41 PM by Neville Hillyer RSS
Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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Sep 19, 2008 8:56 AM
I apologise if this has been covered before.

I recently investigated speeding up Safari and found some excellent pages but most appeared a little dated.

Here is what I did with Leopard:

1 - Quit from all browsers.

2 - Double click ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

3 - Open 'Root' and go to the bottom of the list to find WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay and WebKitResourceTimedLayoutDelay.

4 - Ensure that they are both set to 'number'.

5 - Double click the entries and set both numbers to 0.1

6 - Close the window and select 'Save' when asked to do so.

Perhaps those with more experience can improve on this.

Some historic background can be found here:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050118152940322
Xserve and two 733 MHz G4s with Leopard !, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
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    Sep 19, 2008 12:14 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)
    This doesn't speed up Safari at all; it merely reduces the delay between Safari getting the data and displaying it in the browser window. And this specific example only applies to Mac OS X 10.5, since one of these preferences doesn't exist in 10.4 or below.

    Mulder
    iMac G4 1.35 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
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    Sep 19, 2008 1:22 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)
    I am not saying that my instructions have been tested other than on Leopard but it appears that the preferences existed in January 2005.


    I can't speak to your specific experience, but I can say that the WebKitResourceTimedLayoutDelay doesn't exist in 10.4 or below, not even as a hidden preference (I have a list I obtained from Apple).

    Mulder
    iMac G4 1.35 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • bdash Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2008 1:03 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)
    Those preferences have no effect in any recent versions of Safari. The code related to them was removed from WebKit back in 2004, prior to Safari 1.3 being released. What you're seeing is a placebo effect, nothing more.
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