How To Restore Safari’s Default Settings


The Safari web browser stores a large amount of information as a result of your browsing. This not only includes cache and cookies but also saved names and passwords, download history, search keywords, browsing history and more. There is a very quick and painless way to remove all of these things and return your Safari browser to its default state. Before doing this, please be sure that you definitely want all of this information to be erased.

  • Open your Safari web browser by clicking on the Safari icon in the dock.
  • Click on Safari in your Safari menu, located at the top of your screen.
  • A drop-down menu will now appear. Choose the option labeled Reset Safari
  • A warning dialog will now appear detailing the items that will be removed.
  • Click the button on the dialog labeled Reset to complete the process.
  • Your Safari browser will now restart automatically.


Extra Steps

  • Start a new Finder window and open the “(user)” folder, then the “Library” folder, and then the “Safari” folder, where “(user)” is the name of the computer.
  • Move every file except “Bookmarks.plist” to the Trash.
  • Use the same Finder window to open the “(user)” folder, then the “Library” folder, and then “Preferences”. Locate files called “”, “” and “” (without quotation marks) and drag them to the trash. If “” cannot be found, skip it.
  • Restart Safari. It will now be using its default settings.

Restyling Safari


  • Open Safari. Click “Safari”, and then “Preferences”.
  • Click the “Appearance” tab to adjust Safari’s default fonts.
  • Click “View”, and then “Customize Toolbar” to add and remove buttons on the Safari toolbar.
  • Click “View” again and select either “Hide Bookmarks Bar”, “Hide Status Bar”, “Show Tab Bar” or “Hide Toolbar” to apply that setting.


  1. Quit Safari.
  2. Click the Start button (Windows XP users should then click Run).
  3. Type %appdata% and press Enter.
  4. Open the Apple Computer folder.
  5. Open the Preferences folder.
  6. Delete the “” file.

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