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?

  • BTW, I'm using Safari 5.0.1 on Snow Leopard, in case that matters.
    – DarenW
    Jun 29 '11 at 22:43
  • Works on MacOS Sierra too ;) Oct 15 '16 at 23:41
  • Works on macOS Catalina as well :o)
    – Andrew
    Mar 13 '20 at 7:42
  • Still upvoting in Monterey Dec 17 '21 at 5:05

There are two options. One is a setting, and the other is a workaround.

Here are instructions on how to toggle the setting using the Menu Bar:

  1. Go into the View menu.
  2. Select "Show status bar".
  3. Now, there will be a URL that pops up when you hover over a link, and also tells you if it's going to be in a new tab:

You can also press + / to toggle this setting at ease.

The second option is a workaround for when you drag links. Here's how to get this feature to appear:

  1. Click and drag the link out of where it will originally appear.
  2. At your mouse will be a small box telling you the title of the new window and its URL, although it may be shortened.
  3. You can also drag the link to the plus sign in your tab list, out of the window, or in a folder/the desktop to open that URL in a new tab, new window or save it to your computer, respectively.
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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
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    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
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    Aw yeah. Great info. :)
    – Almo
    May 1 '13 at 12:52
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    This information is still valid as of Safari 9.1.2 Sep 16 '16 at 17:26
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    This information is still valid as of Safari 11.0 Oct 26 '17 at 8:42

I believe this Safari Extension did precisely what you are looking to do, but it's now abandoned: Ultimate Status Bar.

  • 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.
    – Jerry
    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). Jun 30 '11 at 1:52

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