Recently I was installing some applications on a friends iMac computer and noticed his address bar was missing from the Safari web browser. I had never seen this before as I rarely use Safari though I imagine it was easy to resolve.

To add the address bar back into the browser you can either restore the toolbar defaults or just add in the address bar itself. To restore the default toolbar settings follow the steps below.

    1. Open Toolbar Customization:In the top Safari menu click View and select Customize Toolbar from the drop down. This will open the customize toolbar configuration window as shown below.

      Safari Customize Toolbar Configuration Windows

  1. Restore Default Toolbar: Now just drag the toolbar defaults into the location of the Safari toolbar which will restore the defaults including the back/forward buttons, the stop/reload button, the add bookmark button, the address bar, and the search window.

If you only want to add the address bar back to the Safari browsers toolbar then only drag the toolbar from the configuration windows into the toolbar location on Safari.

The other items that can be added or removed from the Safari toolbar include the back/forward buttons, the home button, the autofill button, the text size buttons, the stop/reload button, the add bookmark button, the print button, the report bug button, the address bar, and the search window.

If the above does not work for you then try opening Safari and then clicking the F10 button on your keyboard. This should display the basic menu above the address bar location. Below are two example images first showing Safari without any menu and next showing the result of hitting the F10 key on your keyboard which should produce a menu with many navigation bar items including File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Window, and Help.

Safari Without Menu Bar Displaying:

Safari Without Menu Bar

Safari After Clicking F10 To Display Menu Bar:

Safari With Menu Bar After Clicking F10

As you can see above the default keyboard shortcut to display the Safari menu bar is F10. Once the menu bar is displaying you can set it to display or not display using the View drop down menu.


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117 Responses to “How to Get Back A Missing Address Bar in the Safari Web Browser”
  1. Nathan says:

    Hey thank-you very much man!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Nathan,

    Sorry… just noticed I never responded to this. Just wanted to say no problem and thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. It always means a lot to all of us who write articles on this site when people take time to say thanks.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. kathryn says:

    None of that works for me, what happened was i was pressing control Q to quit ichat and all of a sudden the address bar was gone. I;m not sure how to get it back because that doesn’t work for me.

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  3. alex says:

    Nathan – No problem.

    kathryn: Are you sure you dragged the default configuration back into the toolbar? I tested this again and it appears to work without issue though you may be having a different issue.

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  4. Emily says:

    Thank you!

    That was scary for a second.

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    alex Reply:

    No problem. Glad it helped resolve your issue.

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  5. Chris says:

    None of it works for me! The only thing that shows for me is my Bookmarks bar! Help me please!!!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Chris,

    If you can provide details to exactly what the problem is and what in the steps above did not help you then we might be able to assist. Since the above is proven to work screenshots of specifically what you are seeing will also better your chances of getting help with the resolution.

    Good luck.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  6. Terry says:

    This didn’t work at all. I went to ‘view’, ‘customize toolbar,’ and tried moving various icons, but they went nowhere.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Terry,

    Try the cntrl-f10 tip that Babymomma noted right below….

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    George Reply:

    It sure did., Many thanks

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    alex Reply:

    Hello George,

    Good to hear! Glad the Control – F10 trick worked for you. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Babymomma says:

    try ctrl+f10 it temporarily bring up the menu bar then you can go to view show toolbar took me a while of trial and error to figure it out but it works

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Babbymomma,

    Thanks for the time to post an extra tip!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. Tessa says:

    Oh my goshhhhhhh thank you sooooooo much :D

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Tessa,

    No problem!~ Glad it helped out. Safari rocks but not so much when the address bar is missing. :)

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. Andrew says:

    Thanks! Worked like a charm!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Andrew,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  10. Sophie says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    I was pretty worried for a second…

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sophie,

    No problem at all. It can be a little scary when the address bar is missing from your browser. :) Glad the article helped you resolve the problem with Safari.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  11. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for this! I was definitely nervous! Do you have any idea why this happens???

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jen,

    No problem. It is always nice to hear feedback from people who have used our articles to solve technical problems which is specifically the reason we spend the time to write these articles so thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    The Safari Address Bar can be hidden on accident possibly using a Safari keyboard shortcut. To show or hide the Safari Address Bar on a Windows computer type “Ctrl + |” which actually means you have to hold “shift + Ctrl + |”. The “|” character is on the same key as the backslash (\) and is the character in that shortcut combination that requires the Shift key to be used. On an Apple computer running OSX or similar the Ctrl button is instead the Command button so to show or hide the Safari Address Bar on a Apple Computer running OSX you would type “Command + |” . If you would like to know more about Safari shortcuts on Windows click here to see a list of Safari shortcuts that we converted from using the Apple keys to using the Windows keys for all of the available Safari web browser shortcuts.

    The above Safari keyboard shortcut may not be the specific reason the address bar is missing but it is definitely one of the possibilities and hopefully gives you an idea of how the Safari Address Bar could go missing on accident.

    Thanks again for taking the time to leave us feedback. Reading comments like the one you posted make us want to continue sharing technical articles with others. :)

    Thanks.
    alex

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  12. Jen says:

    Thank you Alex, this is definitely a website that has been added to my favorites : )

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jen,

    Good deal. Thanks again for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  13. kamil says:

    I want know about missing menu bar and address bar in safari web browser
    how can i get it

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    alex Reply:

    Hello kamil,

    Did you read the article? Did it not work for you? If so what was the error?

    The easiest way to recover the recover the Safari address bar is by following the directions in the artcile above. Again though if there was a problem with the article please let us know.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  14. Marley says:

    THANK YOU! YOU ROCK!!! i have been wondering how to get my safari address bar back…UGH! FINALLY! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! YOU ARE A GENIUS!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Marley,

    No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to leave such nice feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  15. Sara says:

    That is badass! I never knew that menu was there!!!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Sara,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  16. becca says:

    My menu AND address bar is missing, I can’t do anything. The only thing that is there is my bookmarks. There is no way I can find the Safari menu bar, I have looked. I also tried uninstalling and installing it again.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello becca,

    It is possible for this to happen. You might try clicking the F10 key to see if the menu bar will display at which point you could then follow the instructions above to get the address bar to display again. At the end of the article above I added some details regarding clicking the F10 key to get the menu bar back. Hope this helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  17. Josh says:

    Thanks so much.. My address bar just disappeared on my IMAC.. I accidently dragged it to the top of the screen and it vanished, thanks for the help.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Josh,

    No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  18. acnh says:

    Thanks so much for the simple answer. I wish there was a delete for all the debris getting here. im learning
    Thanks, acnh

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello acnh,

    No problem. Glad the article helped you out. Thanks for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  19. Brigit says:

    Thank you so much re F10 shortcut.

    I now have a delighted student who thinks I am wonderful!!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Brigit,

    No problem at all. Happy students are the best students. Thanks for taking the time to leave us feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  20. Mika says:

    THANKS! :D

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Mike,

    No problem at all. Thank you for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  21. Fran says:

    My address bar has simply disappeared and I have tried the F10 and F11 key and the customized toolbar. Nothing has worked. Might you have any more suggestions? Thank you soopoooo much. Bright Blessings, Fran

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Fran,

    Clicking F10 should make the toolbar appear again unless something else is wrong. Depending on your situation you might try upgrading Safari, reinstalling Safari, or just taking your computer to a Mac store near you so they can look at the issue.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  22. yashini shree says:

    thanks alot alex….. :)

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello yashini shree,

    No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  23. yashini shree says:

    hai alex can i get ur mail id???i like to hv frenship al around the world…so if u wish to be ma fren ad me on ym my id “yashini_shree at ymail dot com”…. thankss…. yash…:))

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    alex Reply:

    Hello yashini shree,

    I appreciate the offer but we do not provide personal email addresses to people via our site unless they are contract customers paying for a service. I also modified your email address in the comment you posted above so SPAM bots will not pick it up and send SPAM to your email address.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  24. Smith says:

    I HAD THE PROBLEM WITH MY ADDRESS BAR MISSING CAUSE I ACCIDENTLY REMOVED IT………………….BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY AFTER I KEPT READING OVER THE SAMETHING THAT DIDNT WORK CAUSE EVERYONE THOUGHT THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT………………………HERES HOW TO GET YOUR ADDRESS BAR BACK…..

    GO TO
    -VIEW
    -CUSTOMIZE TOOLBAR
    -RIGHT ABOVE THE BLUE BUTTON DONE IS A BOX
    -RIGHT CLICK IN THE BOX AND IT WILL SAY USE DEFAULT BAR

    -THAT WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM..

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    Bob Reply:

    I hope you can help. I was trying to modify my toolbars for Safari. Everything I find does not address my specific problem. I use Safari with windows. I’m missing all the toolbars except bookmark icon, show top sites icon, Apple, Yahoo, Google Maps, Youtube, Wikipedia, News, and Popular. I can’t find the toolbars to restore them to my web search page. Also, I’ve tried to go to support but have difficulty in sending the information (more me than the process).

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Smith,

    While the notes in the article may not have worked for you it actually works in most cases and did as well in mine which is why I wrote the article. We do appreciate offering a different method to recover the address bar in Safari though.

    Thanks.
    alex

    PS: I think your caps lock key is stuck. You might try clicking the “Caps Lock” key on your keyboard before leave further comments on web sites.

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    kt Reply:

    Thank you! The other stuff on this page didn’t work on my computer but your post:

    GO TO
    -VIEW
    -CUSTOMIZE TOOLBAR
    -RIGHT ABOVE THE BLUE BUTTON DONE IS A BOX
    -RIGHT CLICK IN THE BOX AND IT WILL SAY USE DEFAULT BAR

    did! :)

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    sd Reply:

    i love you for this, simple and easy and most of all IT WORKED!!!!!

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  25. liz says:

    what happened with me was that i lost all my top sites in the toolbar and when i tried to click VIEW, then SHOW BOOKMARK BAR it wouldn’t work please help!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Liz,

    This article is specifically about the address bar itself and I have yet to see the issue you mention though I do not use Safari as my primary browser. Have you received any errors or tried anything else to resolve the issue?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  26. Edita says:

    Thanx a mill :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Edita,

    No problem. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  27. Daisy says:

    Hi, my safari address bar has disappeared, I tried using the ‘Customize Toolbar’ thing but the address bar disappeared again after clicking ‘done’. I have a macbook, so F10 is the mute button, and doesn’t do anything except muting the sound. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks (:

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Daisy,

    Thanks again for following up below.

    Others that have this problem be sure to try clicking “Safari” in the top navigation and select “Reset Safari” from the drop down menu.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  28. Daisy says:

    Oh don’t worry, I went to Safari>Reset Safari and it came back (: Thanks anyway!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Daisy,

    No problem. Thank you so much for following up so others can try that method as well.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  29. mortimer says:

    thanks for the quick fix alex! I had done a safari update and the toolbar disappeared after it. This was a surprisingly simple solution.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello mortimer,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  30. moviz says:

    thanks alot
    F10 didn’t work but draging was succesfull after hundreds of attempts.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello moviz,

    Regardless we are glad you got it worked out. Thanks for taking the time to note your experience.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  31. Mtlgnj says:

    Thanks all other sight i tried were so far off the mark with bad answere for a simple problem. Are you kidding me?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Mtlgnj,

    Nope, not kidding. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Norm ~ Reply:

    Many thanks to Dan Baker and you folks for the path I needed to get back in operation with my Safari problem (bar missing etc)… your info herein got me on track immediately. Thanks.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Norm,

    Glad to hear you got the issue resolved. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    David A Reply:

    Thank you for this simple and clear explanation. Mac is so NOT intuitive for me!

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  32. Shahzeb says:

    Hi All.
    i had also this kind of issue menu bar and address was missing i tried doing all shortcuts with ctrl key and it appeared when i pressed “ctrl+F”

    Cheers!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Shahzeb,

    Good to hear. Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for taking the time to post feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  33. Susan says:

    thank you this worked perfectly and was easy to follow your steps.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Susan,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  34. MO says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello MO,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  35. Kyle says:

    Where is the ‘view’ thing?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Kyle,

    In the top navigation menu of Safari.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  36. Heather says:

    Such an easy fix!! Thank You :)

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Heather,

    No problem! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  37. Matthew says:

    Got my missing fields back. Thanks!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Matthew,

    Awesome! Thanks for posting feedback!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  38. Sara says:

    how do you restore it for a PC???

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sara,

    Try clicking the Alt button to display the navigation bar and from there click on view and customize your toolbar settings from there.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  39. cynthia witherspooj says:

    I have tried this and it will not let me drag and keep. If I drag it to my toolbar it does not stay. I am sure I am soing something wrong…I just do not know what it is.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello cynthia,

    Not sure to be honest. It should allow you to drag exactly as explained in the article. If you find the solution let us know so others that run into the same issue will see how to accomplish the end goal.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  40. Michael says:

    I cannot find the default symbol which I need to drag.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Michael,

    Read through the comments for tips on where to find the default symbol.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  41. Ashley D says:

    Hi i already tried like a million times to but my address bar back by doing safari menu > view > customize toolbar > click & drag but my address bar still isnt there i’m soo ANNOYED !

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Ashley,

    You might try Tom’s suggestion below to find the icons needed to resolve the issue.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  42. Ashley D says:

    i dont even see the refresh icon or the red ‘X’ icon

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Ashley,

    See Tom’s comment below.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  43. Tom Davis says:

    Thanks worked like a charm using view then customization and sure enough it was at the bottom of the box, then I clicked and dragged it back where it used to be. Didn’t see it until I exited safari and re-opened it.
    thanks again

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Tom,

    No problem. Thanks for expanding on the location of the icon and for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  44. derek says:

    command + shift + \

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    alex Reply:

    Hello derek,

    Thanks for taking the time to add the above keyboard shortcut.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  45. Jody Zigomalas says:

    Please help, I tried creating a Bulk Update button on the ACtivities grid but have had no luck.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Jody,

    Not even sure what you mean. This article is about getting the Safari address bar to display.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  46. Max says:

    If you address bar is missing, then you can put it back in three easy steps
    Step 1. Open go to the Safari menu at the top of the page
    Step 2. Click on the View item
    Step 3. Click on “Show toolbar”.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Max,

    Thanks for taking the time to post another solution to have the address bar display again in Safari.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  47. SarahJD says:

    This was helpful except it would be best to emphasize that the navigation/address bar needs to actually be dragged onto an open web browser window: “dragged it back where it used to be” and not just messed around with in the drop down box provided. Thanks Tom Davis!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello SarahJD,

    I appreciate your comment except you should realize its not always the exact same scenario. I decided to take the time and write about my experience to not only assist others but also to open the discussion which I believe has been accomplished.

    Thanks Max!

    [Reply]

  48. Marilee Kinney says:

    fabulous- perfect easy instructions.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Marilee,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  49. David Webb says:

    Thanks for this valuable information.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello David,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  50. Louisa says:

    I have tried to drag back the address bar from the customize tool bar section to where it should be, however it wont drag. No matter how many time I do it, any suggestions? This has happened to me before and I resolved the problem but can’t seem to remember how

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  51. brian says:

    thanks for this info it fixed my problem

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello brian,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  52. CS says:

    thank you,
    apple support didn’t even have this solution.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello CS,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  53. bash says:

    thx it helpeed

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello bash,

    Great to hear. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  54. youngcrew says:

    Amazing, thank you, it vanished months ago but is now restored. Appreciate your help!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello youngcrew,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  55. jilani says:

    just open the safari and hit alt key you will start seeing all the options and you can change it to whatever you want

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello jilani,

    Thanks for posting an alternative method.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  56. Sassy Sasha says:

    Click “View” then “Customize Toolbar”. Click and drag the thing that says “Search Google or enter an address to the place where the search bar used to be. I had this same problem and that’s how I solved it.

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