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Pappasbike Level 3 (560 points)

Just installed Lion on three computers but on one, a 2010 Macbook Air, when I launch Safari it opens with a blank address bar. In Safari preferences I have the homepage I want showing properly and if I click on the hompage icon on the tool bar it takes me to the correct homepage but if I restart/relaunch Safari I always get the blank address field. I did remove the from the preferences folder but after I reconfigured evrything I'm still getting the blank window. On my other two computers Safari is working properly. Can anyone help?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7), 2010
  • Mark Calice Level 1 (5 points)

    It's not Lion that is causing this. This is also happening on Snow Leopard. It is the new version 5.1 of Safari.


    Apple changed the way new windows open. If you set the "New windows open with" preference to "Homepage", then ALL new windows will now open with your homepage setting, including the initial startup window. Unfortunately, I used to like having the ability to set that preference to "Same Page" while startup would auto open my homepage. Safari (and still all other browsers) used to automatically open your homepage upon launch. This now apparently, is not possible. Maybe it's an inadvertent bug, but if not, if enough people complain, maybe they will change it back.

  • Pappasbike Level 3 (560 points)

    This is a first for me. Under Snow Leopard all this worked properly, relaunching Safari took me to my homepage and new windows opened to the same page. On two of my computers with Lion it still works this way but on my Macbook Air relaunching Safari just goes to a blank window.


    I take that back I just checked the other machines and their Safari preference was set to open new windows with the homepage. That's why my Macbook Air didn't do this, its preference was still set to open to the same page. But prior to Lion all woud open to the homepage when Safari was launched and using the File menu to open a new window would open to the same page. I'm now thoroughly confused but the behavior is different with Lion and whatever version of Safari that came with it.


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  • William Hamilton2 Level 1 (15 points)

    No matter what setting I use Safari always returns to the last web page I used.  It did not do this under Snow Leopard.  I have cleared the cache and set and reset that it should open to my homepage.

  • Pappasbike Level 3 (560 points)

    Under Safari preferences, general is the option to have new windows open to the same page or homepage. I had to select homepage for this, now Safari opens to the homepage when I launch it. However now all new windows open to that page as well which is not what I want but apparently there's no way to have that option as well.


    Under System Preferences, general pane there is the option to have application windows open to the same view when quitting and re-opening them. You might try unchecking that to see if it helps also.

  • William Hamilton2 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks the System Preferences setting that finally solved it.

  • Peterfromkalmar Level 1 (0 points)


    I also found the solution that worked.

    Go to System Preferences/click General/ Make the check box "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" emty.

    Safari will now open in the home page if you have set that in Safari's preferences.

  • BillyInPS Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, that worked..  unchecking "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" under "Number of recent items:" in General pane of System Preference.  Thank you, Mr Peter!

  • Sergeant Karma Level 1 (25 points)

    It has to be a bug. if it has been changed for a reason, I'm sure curious as to what that reason might be.

  • philout Level 1 (0 points)

    Would you guys mind if I put some trouble into this post ??

    I was used to use Top Sites as a default home page and whenever I opened a new tab or window on Snow Leopard (previous version of Safari 5.1), and now, even the box unchecked box in the General Preferences, I still get my last visited page opened whenever I launch Safari after quitting it with the Command-Q shortcut....

    I've read on forums that is caused by the "resume" feature of Lion...

    How the **** can we turn that off ??


    Also I have the same problem under Aperçu.................. and they call it "change", "revolutionnary" ???

  • Mark Calice Level 1 (5 points)

    Unfortunately, there is no "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" under General prefs in Snow Leopard.

  • Doug Guillot Level 1 (0 points)

    I am using Safari 5.1 and Lion. It worked as expected when it was Safari 5.0 and Snow Leopard. Not sure what caused the problem, Lion (most likely) or Safari. I'm finding more and more things about this "Upgrade" that are really a step or 4 backwards. getting annoyed.

  • PocketPlug Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it must be a bug.  The way to get around it is to close all Safari windows first, then Quit Safari.  Seriously, you now need TWO actions to correctly close Safari where previously you only needed ONE.  Ugh!

  • Tim Kilburn Level 1 (20 points)

    I agree with the frustration.  Although, I have found that you can press cmd-option-q to Quit and discard Windows which will allow Safari to open your Home page on startup.  I expect that you should also be able to hold down the Option key and clicking Quit if you're a mouser instead of a keyboard rat.  This keeps it down to one step instead of two.

  • jcbigears Level 1 (0 points)


    I hate it when Apple change things, and don't tell you.  I used to open Safari to a folder in my bookmarks bar.  It would open three tabs, all being the days news.  Loved it.

    Now, with Lion and Safari 5.1, it ALWAYS goes to the last tabs open.  I've switched the "restore windows..." setting in system prefs, general, as well as setting in Safari prefs, new window opens with "tabs for homepage".  Nup.  Still doesn't work.

    It really makes me wonder how much testing they do before release.  Sure, there may be no bugs as such, but changing the fundamental way a very common program opens, and apparently not leaving any way of fixing it...


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