Contrary to what Apple (or a Google search) seems to think, I don't want a more minimal status bar—I want one that stays in place, is the same height and width at all times, and doesn't distract me by flashing in and out. Much like I've had through all of Safari's existence up until now.

Now it's changed, and I can't find a setting to move it back. Is there another option (perhaps via Terminal magic) that can unlock a more "classic" feel to the status bar?

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    We do have Cmd/num to go directly to a tab, though - you win some, you lose some ;-) I starred & +1'ed this because I'd like my bar back too, not just floating over some blurry background. Not good on the eye. – Tetsujin Oct 1 '15 at 18:13
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    Didn't know about that new feature—thanks for commenting! – Kaji Oct 1 '15 at 18:13
  • They've removed it for good. (At least in this version) I've always liked it too, but don't think about it much now. – DisplayName Oct 8 '15 at 15:35
  • Are you on El Capitan or Yosemite? – Arc676 Oct 9 '15 at 13:43
  • Well, based on the bounty it seems some enterprising coder has 4 days to write an extension! – Kaji Oct 9 '15 at 19:40

So let's go through the options here:

While searching around though, I found a great deal of people asking how they force the bar to autohide. It's a common complaint in editorials as well, and seems to be the one constant of all the Safari extensions.

After an extensive search - what you're looking for does not exist at this time :(

Hardly the first time Apple has taken away control from a user, either...

Tl;dr: Apologies, but it's time to let it go - it's gone.

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One of the extensions I found is open source and appears to be easily editable. Specifically, this one, and by removing a line of JS, I can force the bar to stay on the screen, and replace it with blank text (so it looks correctly).

Here's the thing, it's still just an overlay on top of the page, it's not a part of the safari "window" as the old status bar could be, and doesn't show all of the same information either.

Here's what the effect looks like

And here's the extension package. You can see the changes made from the official release to make this possible as well.

Installing this requires jumping through an extra hoop since I'm not a registered Apple dev, so here's what you need to do.

  1. Download and extract the package.
  2. In Safari, go to Preferences -> Advanced
  3. Check the "Show Develop menu in menu bar" box
  4. In the newly added menu bar item, click on "Show Extension Builder"
  5. Click on the plus sign in the bottom left of the new window and hit "Add extension"
  6. Navigate to where you unzipped the .safariextension folder
  7. Accept the security warning
  8. Reload any open webpages

Usual disclaimers apply, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, kids eat free, etc.

  • I like what I'm seeing in the sample. When you say it "doesn't show all of the same information", what items are left out? – Kaji Oct 11 '15 at 3:41
  • Basically all you're going to see in there is link info when you roll over one. I did the mod on my work machine, so I'll upload the actual extension package on Monday when I get back to that computer :) – Mikey T.K. Oct 11 '15 at 5:58
  • @Kaji just updated it with the download/install instructions. Hope this helps! – Mikey T.K. Oct 12 '15 at 18:00
  • Working pretty well so far. On some pages it's hiding the bottom-most items a bit, but not having things flashing in and out is much appreciated. Thanks! – Kaji Oct 13 '15 at 15:24

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