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wayne cook Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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Jun 10, 2009 4:53 AM
I CAN'T STAND the top sites and want to disable it....anyone know how without getting into terminal? It stinks that apple did this and pushes their chosen sites to my computer.
MacBook Pro, G5 and 12 others..., Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • raymon57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 10, 2009 5:18 AM (in response to wayne cook)
    Open Safari preferences>General tab>New tabs open with& choose
    iBook G4 12", Mac OS X (10.4.11), CPU 1.2 GHz + Ram 1.25 GB SDRAM
  • Scott Schuckert Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Jun 11, 2009 7:47 AM (in response to raymon57)
    No, I think he wants to remove the Top Sites button in the bookmarks bar. Me too.
    Power Macintosh G5, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • geezerhiker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2009 10:48 AM (in response to Scott Schuckert)
    Removing the button from the bar is available on View / Customize Toolbar...
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • geezerhiker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2009 10:52 AM (in response to geezerhiker)
    Oops. Removing the top sites button is in the Bookmarks panel of Safari/Preferences
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Philip Miller1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:33 PM (in response to wayne cook)
    Wayne,

    In the final version of Safari 4 it is impossible to disable Top Sites. Like you, I also hate Top Sites. To easily go back to Safari 3.2.3 check out this thread:

    http://tinyurl.com/modugt

    Philip
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
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    Jun 25, 2009 3:09 PM (in response to wayne cook)
    Hi Wayne

    To remove Top Sites Icon from the Bookmarks Bar, go to Safari Preferences>Bookmarks and uncheck the Top Sites option.

    To stop Safari from amassing large files in the cache and Web Image Previews (images from Top Sites and Cover Flow), follow the suggestions outlined in this post.

    Message was edited by: Hawaiian_Starman
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  • Roger Savino Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 10:50 AM (in response to Hawaiian_Starman)
    This seemd to work for me. I'd like to hear more about it, since I'm not nearly as experienced as some of you.

    First open Top Sites and delete them all

    Then go to User>Library>Safari>TopSites.plist

    Highlight TopSites.plist, Get Info, and Lock It

    For me, it now shows a black screen with nothing in it. Not a perfect solution, but better than nothing.

    It also seems to work with the History plist in the same location and, I believe, keeps CoverFlow empty, too.

    In addition, I have now followed the instructions in the link above, just to be sure.
    iMac Intel 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Richard_Jones Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 10:58 AM (in response to wayne cook)
    Isn't it easier just to not press the button for top sites, not difficult, hardly worth all this frustration on something you don't have to use.

    You can disable the auto open in new tab, so what is the problem.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Roger Savino Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 5:35 PM (in response to Richard_Jones)
    Hawaiian_Starman said it best "To stop Safari from amassing large files in the cache and Web Image Previews (images from Top Sites and Cover Flow),"

    In my case, It's a feature I don't want and won't use. I think it's a gimmick that will eat up space I don't want to give it, so I'd like to be able to customize Safari on my computer and get rid of it, along with other changes I'd like to make. Being allowed to open Private Browsing by default is another.
    iMac Intel 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 6:51 PM (in response to Roger Savino)
    Hi Roger

    Being allowed to open Private Browsing by default is another.


    Have a look at this MacWorld article for creating a script to auto open Private Browsing.
  • Roger Savino Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jun 29, 2009 7:12 AM (in response to Hawaiian_Starman)
    Starman:

    For private browsing I use Safari PB. It launches Safari and turns on Private Browsing at the same time:

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/28977

    To manage cookies, another Safari shortcoming, I use Safari Cookies:

    http://www.sweetpproductions.com/safaricookies/index.htm

    I find myself using Camino more and more. It’s cleaner than Safari and, as far as I can see, faster. These days I use Safari for those sites that won’t support Camino. It’s too bad Apple seems so unresponsive to many Safari users.
    iMac Intel 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Arnod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2009 3:12 PM (in response to wayne cook)
    I cannot stand it either. I do not want this feature at all.

    It is driving me crazy for it changes switches to the Top Sites window randomly when
    I sometimes barely touch the trackpad (randomly again) and I lose whatever info I have been
    working with online when I click the Back button.

    Does anyone know how to disable it?

    Please help!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
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    Jul 3, 2009 4:35 PM (in response to Arnod)
    Does anyone know how to disable it?


    If you take the time to read this thread you'll discover my 6/25 post provides a link for disabling Top Sites.
    iMac 2.4GHz 4 GB RAM, MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.7), WD Studio 750 gb HD, Canon iP4500 Printer, Airport Extreme/Express
  • Arnod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2009 5:18 PM (in response to Hawaiian_Starman)
    I did what you suggested; i.e.

    +To remove Top Sites Icon from the Bookmarks Bar, go to Safari Preferences>Bookmarks and uncheck the Top Sites optio+n.

    But that doesn't disable it. It just removes the button. The problem I have is that it switches to the Top Sites page randomly while I am working online on a page (barely touching the trackpad) and then I lose the info. clicking "Back" to go back. It is utmost annoying.

    Am I missing your suggestion here?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
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