Safari has undergone some big changes beginning with OS X Yosemite, but none are perhaps as controversial as the way that website addresses are displayed in the Search bar. By default, only the domain name and TLD (e.g. of the website address is shown. The remaining portion of the address is hidden in an effort to, as best I can guess, promote a clean looking Search bar like that of Safari on iOS.

If cleanliness and closer look to the iOS version of Safari was indeed the motivation behind the change, then there’s no doubt that Safari’s engineers succeeded in their goal. I personally think that the Search bar looks better by hiding the full website address.

But there’s no denying that you are giving up something by hiding the full address, and I can definitely understand why people would be upset at this. The full address can still be viewed, but it requires that you click in the Search bar to do so.

With that in mind, Safari’s engineers have made it possible to get the full website address back into the Search bar at all times in just a simple few steps.

How to view the full website URL address in Safari on Mac

To get the full website address back, do the following:

Step 1: Open Safari

Step 2: Click the Safari Menu → Preferences

Step 3: Click the Advanced tab and click Show Full Website Addresses

Safari Preferences

The full website address should now be back in the Search bar full time.

True, you give up some of the simplicity that defines macOS’ makeover, but it’s a fine balance between simplicity and usability, and many believe that Safari crossed the line in this regard.

What about you? Which way do you prefer?

  • E Double

    What’s the world coming to when a click is too much….

  • Tyler Smith

    I think it looks nice having just the address. Maybe thats just me but I love the clean look it has.

  • Niclas

    Full adress bar, definitely.

  • walter088

    Any one else having troubles with safari on yosemite?, if i open a new tab or if i click on the address bar it instantly crashes, i have a MBpro early 2011

    • Edgar Filipe

      It surely has ebola

      No just kidding, I’ve also got a Macbook Pro early 2011 13 inch with 4gb and 2.3GHz, but everything seems to work perfectly. Even the CPU is less noisy now.
      Go check the the mac app store if there are any updates that you are able to do, maybe there are some available to fix some issues

  • It’s a rather clean look. Just possibly; I might be able to tolerate the indignity of an extra click.

  • sharp44MAG .

    I know this is off topic but I have question. Is the erase all settings bug still preset in the public version of 8.1?

  • Alex Blaha

    I didn’t even realize this.. but I had it enabled, don’t remember doing so, although. I disabled it for now, I like the cleaner look. I don’t really need the full address unless I’m copying and pasting, and in that instance I’d have to click on the address bar anyways.

  • Dustin Ddraig

    Full address in the bar, otherwise what’s the point–Why not just put “Website” or the site’s icon if there is one? The full address contains info that I rely on and the domain name and TLD is just useless without it.