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OS X Yosemite: How to Show the Full Website Address in the Safari 8 Address Bar

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 8, 2014
Safari 8 Full Website Address

Safari 8.0, introduced in OS X Yosemite, brings a number of great new features to Apple’s powerful Web browser. One new change, however, has the potential to be more annoying than helpful: the simplified address bar.
Previous versions of Safari, as well as almost all other browsers, display the full address of the current page in the address bar. For example, this article’s full address is:

https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/full-website-address-safari-8

With Safari 8.0, however, Apple has elected to hide the full address by default, and only show users the current domain, which in the case of our example is simply tekrevue.com.
OS X Yosemite Safari 8 Simple Address Bar
This creates a nice clean interface for users, but at the expense of utility, as knowing a webpage’s complete address can often be helpful for navigation, troubleshooting, and security. Users can still see the current full address, but they need to click in the address bar (or use the Command-L shortcut). This reveals the full address, but also loads the new Favorites browser and acts as an unnecessary interruption to a user’s workflow.
Thankfully, Apple hasn’t abandoned power users who want to see a site or page’s full address in the Safari address bar. Just head to Safari > Preferences > Advanced and check the box  “Show full website address.”
OS X Yosemite Safari 8 Show Full Website Address
There’s no need to reboot your Mac or relaunch Safari; the change will take effect immediately and you’ll notice that your simplified domain listings in the Safari address bar are now replaced with the full address of the current page.
OS X Yosemite Safari 8 Full Address Bar
If for some reason you ever change your mind and wish to revert to the default behavior, simply hop back to the Safari preference tab listed above and uncheck the designated box. As for us, we’ll keep the box checked. There are are many times when Apple’s strides to simplify technology result in a better experience for all users. This isn’t one of those times.

3 thoughts on “OS X Yosemite: How to Show the Full Website Address in the Safari 8 Address Bar”

Chris_M_Ward says:
Still doesn’t show the http:// protocol. Would an option to do really be so difficult Apple?
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Joe Koenig says:
Thanks for this. Would you, by any chance, know how to get an address-bar dropdown-list with all the addresses I’ve typed in. Without paraphrasing or pseudo-intelligence. Just exactly the way I typed them in. In chronological order.
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TekRevue says:
I haven’t heard of anything like that, Joe. There’s obviously the History list in the Safari menu bar, but that gives you the actual websites you visited with their proper URL, and not the list of searches or addresses you typed. That would indeed be useful. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know if we find anything.
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Na'im Beyah says:
One more annoying thing.
When you create a new tab or browser window, you have to click inside the address bar before you can type in web address. Whyyyy! Is there a way around this?
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TekRevue says:
You can use the keyboard shortcut Command-L to move your cursor to the address bar. This should work in all major OS X browsers, including Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
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