How can I reset Safari as if it was never run, so that it opens with a "Welcome to Safari" window?

I've tried removing all traces of Safari in ~/Library without luck. I am just curious where this information is stored.

I'm running El Capitan 10.11.6.

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  • This site may help. I don't want to run through it to verify because ... I don't want to reset Safari!
    – IconDaemon
    Nov 15, 2019 at 13:46
  • @IconDaemon That tutorial makes no attempt to reset any Safari settings, let alone whatever one controls the Welcome page :(
    – grg
    Nov 15, 2019 at 19:20
  • If you deleted Safari and don't have a Time Machine backup or other backup, reinstall macOS to put Safari back in your Applications folder. Reinstalling macOS doesn't remove data from your computer. support.apple.com/en-us/HT204416 So fresh install is one way to do it.
    – anki
    Nov 15, 2019 at 19:49
  • @ankii, my question is not about that
    – lhf
    Nov 15, 2019 at 19:51
  • The article states: "The result is that Safari is clean and should behave as if you’ve just installed it. " True - it doesn't reduce Safari to a 'never been run before' state, but it comes darned close. This may be as close as you can get to that state.
    – IconDaemon
    Nov 15, 2019 at 20:20

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Did you also go through the subfolders within ~/Library? Safari files are in a number of different places within that folder?

A view examples:

Caches contains com.apple.Safari and com.apple.Safari.SafeBrowsing

Containers has multiple com.apple.Safari folders (may not exist on 10.11.6, I don't have anything with that OS to compare to)

Preferences, etc.

  • Yes, I’ve removed everything containing Safari or safari in their name. No luck.
    – lhf
    Nov 15, 2019 at 23:52

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