In this lesson for macOS Mojave, I look at What’s New in Safari on the Mac including icons in tabs, new pop-up window options, and better tracking prevention from advertisers.
Show Website Icons in Tabs
You can now show a website’s icon in a Safari tab. To show the icons, you go to Safari Preferences. Select Preferences under the Safari menu. In the window that opens, select the Tabs category. In the list of options is a new option called Show Website Icons in Tabs. When you select this, in addition to the website name, you’ll also see the website’s icon in a tab.
Pop-up Window Management
In past versions of Safari, you could only block pop-up windows on a global basis. In other words, when you turned it on, it blocked pop-ups on all your sites. Now with Safari in macOS Mojave, you can block them on a per-site basis. This way you can now allow pop-ups on some sites while blocking them on others. I find this helpful with my banking site, when I download transactions, it opens a pop-up.
To set the options for pop-ups, you need to go to Safari Preferences again. Under the Websites tab, you’ll see a new option for Pop-up Windows. When you select this, you’ll see all your sites where pop-ups are blocked or allowed. To change a setting for a website, just go to the right of the website and make your changes. The default behavior for pop-ups is located at the bottom of the window.
- Block and Notify: You can select to block and notify, with this, Safari will block any pop-ups, but also notify you.
- Block: You can also just block pop-ups altogether for a specific website. With this setting, Safari will not notify you when it blocks a pop-up.
- Allow: If you allow pop-ups, Safari will just open the pop-up.
Enhanced Tracking Prevention
When you browse the web, the characteristics of your Mac, such as the amount of memory and hard drive size, can be used by advertisers to create a “fingerprint” to track you. Safari now thwarts this by only sharing a simplified system profile. And improved Intelligent Tracking Prevention keeps social media Like buttons, Share buttons, or comment widgets from tracking you without your permission.
See this Lesson Action
To see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.