Quick tip – Enabling extensions on Safari 5 (Mac and Windows)

Apple Safari icon
Image via Wikipedia

Safari 5 was released not so long ago with the promise of extensions much like those seen in FireFox and Google Chrome, however while I was using the browser (Safari 5) I found that extensions did not work as it was asking me to “Enable extensions” from the preferences window, however I couldn’t find any option to enable extensions as I thought it was a “Mac” exclusive feature. I was bored and decided to do some research and I found that the solution was staring me in the face the whole time.

This quick tutorial will apply to both Mac OSX and Windows Systems.

Step 1 – Enabling the Developer tool bar

First of all, go onto preferences > Advanced and at the bottom of the Window there is an option called “Show Develop in menu bar” . Click the box next to that.

options

If your on Windows you need to make sure you enable the menu bar as well. To do this just click on the options button, and then click on “Show menu bar” (Mac users can skip this step)

menu

Step 2 – Enabling Extensions

All you have to do now is click on the develop menu option from the menu bar, and click “Enable extensions”.

menudev

That is how you enable extensions. Apple has yet to open their “Official” extension gallery. However there are some websites out there that offer extensions. What is great about these extensions is that that they have their own file type and when you download them you can just open them straight away and then install them without having to restart Safari 5.

Step 3 – Installing extensions

As I said before all you need to do is download and open them and safari will automatically install the extensions, and you won’t need to restart the browser. (This applies for both OSX and Windows)

Here are some websites where you can find Safari extensions.

Safari Extensions (Unofficial)
[ http://safariextensions.tumblr.com/ ]

Pimp My Safari
[ http://www.pimpmysafari.com/ ]

The Apple blog (Not  affiliated with Apple INC)
[ http://theappleblog.com/2010/06/09/25-safari-extensions-you-can-install-now/ ]

Step 4 – Configuring Extensions

Much like in Google Chrome you can configure your extensions from the preferences window.

exten

You will only be able to access the extension options after you have followed Step 1 and 2. You can also turn off all extensions using this Window.

Final Thoughts

It would have been nice to see Apple make it easier for the users to install extensions, without having to constantly mess around with the options.

I also cannot wait to see Apple release their extension gallery, and I am hoping that Apple won’t be too greedy by making us pay for extensions which I doubt but you never know where Apple are concerned.

Also you have to remember that safari has only just acquired a feature like this so don’t expect there to be a ton of extensions available yet.  I am assuming that when Apple finally open their extension gallery, we might start seeing more.

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