2 Tips for a Productive and Safer Browsing on Safari

Safari Feature DisableWhen Apple released OS X Mountain Lion, one of the applications that received the most changes was Safari, Apple’s own web browser. This application now comes vastly improved when compared to its predecessors thanks to a series of features that Apple added to it to make users’ lives easier.

However, not all these features are as useful or as welcome as Apple might like to think. In fact, a couple of them can be annoying and not too safe.

Let’s have a look at them and at how you can turn them off for good.

Disable Safari’s iOS-like Zoom Feature

Among the different new features that the app gained though, one of the most interesting ones comes from Safari on iOS, which allows you to zoom in and out of websites with a double-tap gesture.

Safari Zoomed Out

Double tap on your Macbook’s trackpad while navigating through a website on Safari, and the browser will zoom in on the selected content. The same applies if you have Magic Mouse or a Magic Trackpad and double tap on them.

Safari Zoomed In

Now, while this might be convenient sometimes, personally I found it to be annoying for the most part, especially since it can be triggered by accident very easily.

To disable this feature, open the Preferences panel on your Mac and click on the device you use to navigate (trackpad, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad).

Preferences Mouse

Once there, select the tab that corresponds to Point & Click or its equivalent. There, make sure to unmark the Smart zoom checkbox and the zooming feature in Safari will be finally disabled.

Zoom Unchecked

Remove Passwords Stored in Safari Selectively

Another very useful feature in Safari is that it can store your passwords for every site that you log into. However, there are cases when information is just too sensitive to keep it stored, or perhaps you just saved it accidentally.

Thankfully, there is a way to get rid of all the passwords you don’t want stored on Safari on a case by case basis, so you don’t have to worry about deleting your entire password database.

Here’s how to do it.

Open Safari on your Mac and from its main menu on the menu bar, select Preferences…

Safari Preferences

Then, on the Preferences panel, click on the Passwords tab. There you will see a list of all the websites of which Safari has stored your login information for. To delete the passwords from the any particular site you want, just select it and click the Remove button.

Safari Pass Sites

Cool Tip: If you forget any of your passwords, you can head to this panel and copy it by right-clicking on it. You will have to introduce your admin password to be able to do this of course.

Safari Copy Password

So there you have them. As you can see, not every feature is positive and, in this case, since we are talking about a web browser, they can actually be very inconvenient. But thankfully you can find not just this, but several other tutorials on Guiding Tech that will make your tech life a lot easier. Enjoy!