How To Change Safari’s Home Page

Would you like to change Safari’s Home Page? Apple typically sets Safari to open to this page on their own web site.

You can easily configure Safari to show you any web page you’d like. Here’s how:

  • Open Safari
  • Go to the Safari menu and select Preferences
  • Click on the “General” button
  • In the box next to “Homepage” type in the address of the page that you’d like. See examples at the bottom of this tip.
  • Click the red dot to close that window.
  • Go to the Safari menu and select Quit.
  • Go to your Dock and re-open Safari. You should now see the start page you just set.

Web pages you might like:

In the past people often set Safari to open to Google, but this is no longer necessary since there is now a Google search field in the upper right corner of Safari’s window. Instead, you might like to configure Safari to take you to a news web site like the New York Times or Google News. Their addresses are and, respectively.

[Update February 2017:  As of Safari 6.0, Safari has a unified address and search field.]

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