11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2010 3:22 AM by 12u34me
Tran Hoang Long Level 1 Level 1
Hi all!

Ive just upgraded to Safari 5 today. Everything seems fine and glad that blue progress bar has came back. One thing bugs me is the search suggestions. Im currently using Inquisitor as my search engine which include shortcut to Wikipedia, Flickr, etc search site. Is there anyway I can disable this Safari function? through Terminal I suppose as I found this link http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/12-tips-for-safari-4-beta.html . However it's for Safari 4 and doesnt seem to work on my Terminal.

Thank you in advance.


Macbook Pro Unibody 2.93/4Gb/320, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    From the Safari Menu Bar click Safari/Preferences then select the Advanced tab. Select: Show Develop menu in menu bar. Then from the Menu Bar click Develop/User Agent / 4.0.5

    Relaunch Safari in order for this change to be effective.

    See if that makes a difference.

  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    Hi Tran

    With the introduction of any new version of Safari, 3rd party add-ons may become incompatible. Seems this is the case for Inquisitor. I haven't upgraded yet to v 5 (will do so soon), however, I suspect other add-ons such as Glims, SafariStand, 1Password, CosmoPod may not function either.

    Incompatibility may also apply to 3rd party plug-ins such as Flash, Silverlight, Perian, Flip4Mac etc. However, this type of incompatibility usually points to the plug-in needing to be updated to recognize Safari 5. Same is true for secured paged (https) such as banking sites etc.

    That Safari is now encouraging developers to create Safari extensions is a long over-due feature. This will lead to many more 3rd party additions to Safari, operating cleanly within the Safari's API (application programming interface), rather than through unorthodox alteration. Also, the appearance of this feature may mean Apple closed the back door on the existing 3rd party methodology.

    I suggest you contact the developer of Inquisitor and ask when the add-on will be Safari 5 compatible, or a Safari extension will be developed. Without knowing what can or cannot be done in Safari 5, it may be that all existing add-ons will need to be modified to operate correctly in Safari. And that may take time.

    As far as using a terminal command, sometimes these types of things lead to System corruption requiring a reinstall of the OS. In this case, I suggest you wait to see what developers can create before attempting anything "creative" yourself.
  • Tran Hoang Long Level 1 Level 1
    thank you both! unfortunately it doesnt work out for me after an hour fiddling. i think i can live with it like this for now and wait for a solution.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
    I just realized something. Are you running 10.6.3 or 10.6.1 ?

  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    I understand 3rd party Glims is Safari 5 compatible. It has a search function similar to Inquisitors. You can download the latest version from here. Once installed, you'll find Glims preferences as a separate panel in Safari Preferences. In the subpanel, you'll see "search suggestions" etc. Modify as desired.
  • Tran Hoang Long Level 1 Level 1
    @Carolyn: I'm running 10.6.3
    @Hawaiian_Starman: thanks a lot for your suggestion. I've already tried Glims in the past and not too happy with it cos it modifies the Safari's clean interface too much. My current walk-around for this problem is just type in the keyword-Safari pops up search suggestion, hit escape then click on Inquisitor custom search engine(s).

    i'll probably just wait and see if there's any nice search engines built with the new Extension feature and get it. hopefully there is soon.

    thanks a lot for your helps!
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
    Just making sure.
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    You're welcome.

    Please update your forum tag to 10.6.3 via the My Settings link on the right of the forum page.

    When complete here, please mark this thread answered so others know your question has been addressed to your satisfaction.
  • Tran Hoang Long Level 1 Level 1
    cool. done it.

  • London Bizzare Level 1 Level 1
    Having this marked as resolved is misleading to other people who are searching to find a way to disable safari 5 search suggestions. There is no resolution to the problem stated in the heading so this was only a waist of time for me. A discussion board is set up to help others with the same problems. I would suggest changing the name of the message from disable safari 5 searching suggestions... to Inquisitor work around.
  • 12u34me Level 1 Level 1
    Apple will not allow Safari Users to disable this feature until they decide how, or, decide to improve how they log & share information about your web search-history with Google (no secret of course) - and the most effective way to do that in real-time at this point is by indexing & fetching that information from your web history (unless previously reset).

    I personally find this feature is annoying - not because I feel that it's invasive... but because these types of features (google search page as well) are presented to the general public and marketed as "features" designed to enhance your web experience... Right... A real life saver...

    It's not important whether we agree. The important question to ask is why/how Apple, Inc - who designed your OS, your iPod, and your iPhone... either didn't or couldn't program Safari with an option to Disable? Cui Bono?