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    but I was quite unaware of the "hover over "link" in Safari - it reveals the real URL at the bottom of the screen/window" - tiny text, bottom left in my case.
    It will show there only if it's enabled in Safari — View(menu) > Show Status Bar. (It's often disabled by default for some for some reason.)

    PS: Anyone know how to enlarge the text in that Status Bar for these old eyes of mine. It would save some squinting.




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    toMACsh, the real url stays as long as you hover over the link. You don't need to click on IT, you click on the link. Again, try this: Link.

    Patrick, is is not required to make that setting change either. I don't have Show Status Bar set (it says Hide Status Bar) and hovering unmasks the link at the bottom of the screen. It's become a habit to always glance at that bottom corner when I am about to click a link. It has caused me to pause and rethink more than once.
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    Patrick, is is not required to make that setting change either. I don't have Show Status Bar set (it says Hide Status Bar) and hovering unmasks the link at the bottom of the screen.

    Hmmm…???
    Not so in my Mavericks or El Cap'n Safari Jake and I think you'll find your Safari actually has your Status Bar enabled especially if the View menu says "Hide Status Bar".

    Unless Safari changed something in its more recent version.

    PS: It's usually disabled (hidden) on most users new Macs I've helped them setup and the reason I mentioned it.

    But I sure wish I could increase the text size in the Safari Status area. This is what I get to squint at:

    Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 12.29.16 PM.png



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    Patrick, that bar you pointed to is NOT visible that way in my HS version of Safari. The gray of the bar only goes to the end of the URL, then disappears. So there is some change between your older version and mine.
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    Patrick, that bar you pointed to is NOT visible that way in my HS version of Safari.

    Thanks Jake and I figured there might be some difference and I nor anyone needing my Mac help are using macOS High Sierra.

    But it seems that the option is still there from what you said:
    don't have Show Status Bar set (it says Hide Status Bar)
    PS: Is the font size in your Safari status bar a decent readable size — for an old eyes user?

    The other really annoying thing Apple, and some others, insist on using, is a light grey text on a darker grey or the opposite. Both of which need greater contrast for easier reading. I guess it an "IN" thing, but it sure is annoying and often hard to read.



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    Patrick, there are some adjustments in System Preferences, Accessibility for the way things are displayed. I won't give the details since our OSes are different, but look under the Display area there to see what can be adjusted.
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    Patrick, there are some adjustments in System Preferences, Accessibility for the way things are displayed

    Thanks Jake, I've looked and searched but haven't found a solution yet but there might be something in a Safari .plist or something, but that's getting a bit over my head.

    I did come across this which I gather would be for macOS Sierra:
    Safari is a great browser in macOS, but it includes one extremely handy feature that, for some reason, Apple has disabled by default: the Status Bar.
    Bold mine.
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/status-bar-safari-mac/

    Heck, Apple used to have that feature disabled in many previous Safari versions I've come across. I just don't agree with their decision. But then, nothing new there!!!




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    Thanks Jake, I've looked and searched but haven't found a solution yet but there might be something in a Safari .plist or something, but that's getting a bit over my head.

    Found a solution that's woking great for me:
    The Minimal Status Bar Safari extension thanks to this article:
    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/02...ari-extension/

    I gather it works the same as the HS's Safari, but a larger font that suits me fine as per this screen shot:

    Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 7.55.20 PM.png

    So finally a Safari Status Bar I can read easily. And its pop-up action is a nice extra benefit.

    PS: I'm using Mavericks 10.9.5



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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    toMACsh, the real url stays as long as you hover over the link. You don't need to click on IT, you click on the link. Again, try this: Link.
    Sorry for being so imprecise. The URL pops up before I can click on the link. I'm not as fast as the computer, such that I would never see the URL because of not giving the computer enough time.

    If I Hide the Status Bar, I do not see the URL at the bottom when hovering over a link.

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    Just been trying that Safari hovering business, and nah, doesn't work for me (El Capitan), so I'll have to look into it further...

    On a related point, I've been recommended Cookie Cutter as a useful extension to stop unwanted cookies hanging around. True?

    Allen.

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    Allen,

    I doubt you'll feel comfortable with this app. I knew nothing about it, but as you can see from the link, installation requires a fair bit of meddling via Terminal. Certainly not for me

    http://cookiecutter.readthedocs.io/e...tallation.html

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    No, Ian, you’re quite right. I avoid terminal-based activities. Perhaps I should stick to clearing cookies manually.

    Another suggestion was Virtual Machine, but it all seems a bit OTT to me.

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    Perhaps I should stick to clearing cookies manually.
    And I'm sure you know how to do this, but maybe others don't.

    Open Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage Website Data (be patient, it takes a few seconds to populate).

    Then, holding down the Command Key, click on each and every cookie you want to delete, scrolling down as you go. Then Click on "Remove". That removes all those you've selected.

    You can, of course "Remove All", but that means that you will have to log in to some sites the next time you go there, as you will have deleted their means of recognising you.

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    You can, of course "Remove All", but that means that you will have to log in to some sites the next time you go there, as you will have deleted their means of recognising you.

    A rather annoying thing that the so often recommended here Onxy.app does in it's recommended auto settings I dare say.




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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    A rather annoying thing that the so often recommended here Onxy.app does in it's recommended auto settings I dare say.




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    Nope! The default cleaning for Onyx does not include erasing cookies.
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