OS X Yosemite Tip: How to Show the Full URL in Safari 8

I am very happy these days with my Retina 13” MacBook Pro and OS X Yosemite. I do have one pet peeve, though, and that’s with the Safari 8 browser.

If you have Yosemite and you’re reading this article in Safari right now, take a look at the address bar. The default behavior of the new Yosemite version of Safari is not to show the full URL of any Web page you’re on. This is driving me bananas. If you’re like me — and a lot of other people — you want to see the actual, full address of whatever page you’re looking at, not just the basic domain name.

Call it a control issue, or just call it liking to know exactly where you are. Whatever it may be, you don’t have to put up with this feature. There’s an easy way to get Safari back to the way it was before so that it shows the full URL.

In the below example, I am looking at www.scrubly.com/blog. All Safari shows me is the default address, until I click in the address bar.

Scrubly.com blog page

Once you click in the address bar the following shows:

URL of Scrubly blog page showing in Safari browser address bar

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I don’t know about you, but I am not pleased with this feature at all. I want to skip this altogether. Let me give you a quick tip on how to change this.

How to Show the Full Website Address

1. Click Safari > Preferences… from the toolbar menu.
2. Click on the Advanced tab.
3. Check the box next to Show full website address.
4. Exit out of Safari by choosing Safari > Quit Safari or Command + Q.

Advanced tab of Safari Preferences window, with Smart Search Field highlighted

Now when you browse to any website in Safari you will see the full URL again. If you find you actually do like the default behavior of showing the simplified URL better, just repeat the steps above and uncheck the box instead.

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