Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion): View and customize Top Sites

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View and customize the Safari Top Sites page

Safari identifies your favorite sites and displays previews of them on the Top Sites page. Safari chooses Top Sites based on how often and how recently you’ve visited each site. As you explore the web and discover new websites, the Top Sites page changes to match your interests.

To view the Top Sites page, click this icon in the Safari bookmarks bar:

Top Sites icon

Open a Top Sites page

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open, and then click the Top Sites icon.
  2. Click the preview of the page you want to visit. Pages with new content have a star in the upper-right corner.

Add a page to Top Sites

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open.
  2. On the Top Sites page, click the Edit button. Then do any of the following:
    • Open the webpage in a second Safari window, highlight the page’s address in the address field, and drag the address to the Top Sites page.

    • Drag a link from an email message, text document, webpage, or other source to the Top Sites page.

    • Type the address in a document, highlight it, and drag it to the Top Sites page.

  3. When you are finished adding pages, click Done.

Customize Top Sites

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open.
  2. On the Top Sites page, click the Edit button. Then do any of the following:
    • To specify that a page be kept in Top Sites and not replaced by other pages visited more often, click the pin icon in the page’s upper-left corner.

      To reverse this action, click the pin icon again.

    • To specify that a page never be included in Top Sites, click the X in the page’s upper-left corner.

    • To display 24, 12, or 6 webpage previews, click Small, Medium, or Large.

    • To rearrange the pages, drag them.

  3. When you finish making changes, click Done.

View Top Sites in full screen (Mac)

You can enlarge the Top Sites page (or any page displayed in the Safari window) so it uses the entire screen.

Note: Viewing in full screen is available only if you have Mac OS X v10.7 Lion or later. For information on upgrading Mac OS X, go to the Mac OS X website.
  • To enlarge a webpage so it uses the screen, click the arrows in the top-right corner of an application window:

    Button for entering full screen

  • To move from one window to another in full screen view, swipe left and right, or press the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  • To return to standard view, click the arrows in the window’s upper-right corner:

    Button for exiting from full screen

    OS X website

View Top Sites in full screen (Windows)

Choose Action menu > Enter Full Screen, or press F11. (The Action menu is near the upper-right corner of the Safari window, and looks like a gear.)

To return to standard view, repeat the steps.

Published Date: May 29, 2014
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