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Mr.Sfigatto Level 1 (0 points)


my safari has lost the google search box.. I tried to restore the default configuration from "customize tool bar" but it keeps to reload my URL bar without the Google search box..

Any help would be much appreciated!


Safari, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)

    Go to ~/Library/Caches/


    Move the Cache.db file from the folder to the Trash.


    Restart your Mac, launch Safari. Try using the Customize Toolbar drop down window now.




    ~ (Tilde) character represents the Home folder.


    For Lion:   To find the Home folder in OS X Lion, open the Finder, hold the Option key, and choose Go > Library

  • Mr.Sfigatto Level 1 (0 points)

    It didn't work... I lost the desktop wallpaper (my girlfrind will kill me for sure ) and I still have the URL bar without the search box...

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)

    Could be the preferences are corrupted ..



    Go to ~/Library/Preferences. Move the file from the Preferences folder to the Desktop.


    Quit then relaunch Safari to test. If that helped, move the .plist file to the Trash.



    You can reset the walllpaper from System Preferencs > Desktop & Screen Saver - Desktop

  • qgroom Level 1 (25 points)

    right mouse click where it would normally be and click "Customize Toolbar" and then drag the default bar to the top

  • Mr.Sfigatto Level 1 (0 points)

    @Carolyn Samit: Nothing...

    The strange thing is that when I start safari, for a very little time.. (+/- 1 ms) the searchbox appears and then the url bar is expanded till the end of the window. I also tried to restore safari but with no result...


    May it is due to a new apple update that would make the url bar very similar to google chrome bar?


    @qgroom: already did as first thing..

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)
    I also tried to restore safari


    You reinstalled Safari using Lion Recovery? Not sure what you mean by "restore"...



    Also, have you installed any third party Safari add ons lately?



    Safari: Unsupported third-party add-ons may cause Safari to unexpectedly quit or have performance issues

  • qgroom Level 1 (25 points)


  • Mr.Sfigatto Level 1 (0 points)

    @Carolyn Samit: I restored Safari though its proper functionalities under "Safari --> Restore Safari" on the global menù bar.

    The only extension I have is xmarks to sync my bookmarks between my computers, but it was installed at the beginning of this mac experience

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)

    Ok... it's Reset Safari from the menu bar not Restore. That's why I was confused.


    Next, I wasn't referring to extensions. I was referring to third party add ons. Troubleshooting help at the link I posted previously.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.


    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It won’t solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.


    The purpose of this exercise is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account, or is system-wide. Enable guest logins and log in as Guest. For instructions, launch the System Preferences application, select “Help” from the menu bar, and enter “Set up a guest account” (without the quotes) in the search box.


    While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Any application you run will behave as if you were running it for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.


    As Guest, launch the application(s) and test. Same problem(s)?


    After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.

  • Armagon Level 1 (0 points)

    With Safari open, try this: [Note that I'm using Safari 5.1.1, but you probably have a very similar version]


    Go to the "View" menu.  If the first entry is "Show Toolbar", click on it.  (Most likely it was "Hide Toolbar", and you don't want to do that).


    Now, go to "View" -> "Customize Toolbar...".  An overlay dialog comes up, letting you choose how to customize your toolbar.  At the bottom of the dialog, it says, "... or drag the default set into the toolbar".  Grab the box with user interface widgets just beneath those words, and drag it up to the toolbar where it should be.  Voila!  (Or so I hope).

  • translucentmirror Level 1 (0 points)

    Type your question directly into the address/URL box. It doubles as a google search toolbar.

  • Mohammad Khan Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having this problem, too, but translucentmirror seems to have answered it.  The update seems to have merged the address bar with the Google Search Bar, like it is in Google Chrome. So, it's not a problem, it's just an update.  Now you can search easier.

  • John Barnhill Level 1 (5 points)

    As a person who works with multiple tabs and wants to keep the search box, this is driving me nuts. So thanks for your answer, which is correct, but for the way I work, I guess its on to firefox as my default browser. Don't like it as much as Safari, but life is too short.



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