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Disable favicons in Safari on Mac



Mac user disable Safari favicons
Khamosh pathak

For the past few years, Safari tabs had a clean look with only the page title. With Safari 1

4.0 and above, Apple shows website favicons in tabs. Don’t like this look? Here’s how to disable favicons in Safari on Mac.

Mac users using Safari 14.0 and above (available to users with the latest version of macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur and above) will see a new tab manager.

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As with other modern browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, the new tab management feature allows Safari to finally collapse the tabs and only show the favicon if you have more than a dozen tabs open at a time. You can now see all open tabs without having to scroll horizontally through the tab bar.

Safari tabs with favicons

But if you don’t want to rock the boat, you can disable favicons and bring back the previous tab management feature (as you can see in the screenshot below).

Safari tabs without favicons

To do this, open the “Safari” app and from the menu bar go to Safari> Preferences.

Choose Preferences from the Safari menu

Here go to the “Tabs” section and uncheck the “Show website icons in tabs” option.

Clear the Show website icons in tabs check box

And just like that, the favicons disappear and the old tab bar is back.


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