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Safari 5.0.1 on OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) doesn't seem to have any status bar in which the URL of a link shows when the user moves the cursor over a link (without clicking) All other browsers I've ever used do this.

Is there a user preference checkbox somewhere for this?

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BTW, I'm using Safari 5.0.1 on Snow Leopard, in case that matters. – DarenW Jun 29 '11 at 22:43
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There are two ways: first, go to the 'View' menu, select 'show status bar', and a bottom-of-window bar will display a link when your cursor is positioned on one. Second, if you depress the [left] mouse button and hold it down, then drag just off the region of the link, a display will pop open at the cursor.

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Good, useful tips, but after seeing the slickness of Ultimate Status Bar, I'm sold on that, especially un-tinying tiny urls. – DarenW Jul 1 '11 at 0:18
I prefer this answer if only need to show link destination. Use native feature if possible, extention may adding memory usage. – GusDeCooL Apr 12 '13 at 19:04
Aw yeah. Great info. :) – Almo May 1 '13 at 12:52

I believe this Safari extension does precicely what you are looking for.

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Hey, that extension does precisely what I'm looking for! +1 – DarenW Jun 30 '11 at 22:57
I can confirm it works with Yosemite and Safari 8. – jer-el Nov 13 '14 at 15:41

The URL of links your hover over is shown on the gray status bar at the bottom of the page. The status bar is not always present in a new window, but you can turn it on from View > Show Status Bar or with the ⌘/ shortcut.

Some pages can hide the status bar and it does not restore if you go to a new window. However File->New Window should always show this.

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It is not always present in a new window. However, it is user-toggleable (View > Show Status Bar; or the ⌘/ shortcut). – Chris Johnsen Jun 30 '11 at 1:52

Cool Previews was the greatest tool in the shed but they sold to Yahoo and quit supporting it. It was the only reason I never switched from Firefox; there isn't a Safari equivilent... makes me crazy. Thanks Yahoo; you made a couple o' kids rich and threw away the tool. Tool.

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