With a gray background and a few links, the Safari homepage is a bit boring. But it doesn̵
The customizable Safari home page is available in Safari 14.0 or later if you are using the latest version of macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur or later.
How to Customize Sections of the Safari Home Page
The home page in Safari 14 or later is divided into several sections. In total, there are six sections available to you: Favorites, Frequently Visited, Privacy Report, Siri Suggestions, Reading List, and iCloud Tabs.
The “Favorites” section shows two rows of websites and folders that are in your favorites bar. You can click the “View More” button to expand the section. As expected, the “Frequently visited” section shows some of your frequently visited websites. To delete a website here, right-click and select the “Delete” option.
“Privacy Report” shows a summary of websites you have visited in the last seven days and indicates how many trackers have been blocked from profiling your Internet presence. You can click in the report and see exactly which trackers are blocked on each website.
“Siri Suggestions” shows you links you have received in Messages or in the Mail app. The “Reading List” feature shows the most recent articles from your reading list.
And finally, the “iCloud Tabs” section shows you open tabs from your other Apple devices.
You can enable or disable each section as desired. You can even turn off all sections and leave only a translucent gray background as the home page.
Customizing the sections is quite easy. Just open the Safari app or open a new tab to see the home page. Here, click on the menu button in the lower right corner of the screen.
Here, check the box next to a section to enable or disable it.
You can also right-click anywhere on the home page to see shortcuts to show or hide a section.
Change the background of the Safari homepage
Once you’ve customized the sections you want to see (or rather hide) on the home page, it’s time to tweak the background.
While the default gray background is minimal, you can spice things up by changing the background image. You can choose from a handful of images provided by Apple, or you can add your own.
Click the menu button in the lower right corner of the Safari homepage and click the check box next to the “Background Image” option to enable the feature.
Now scroll horizontally to see all available background images. Click on an image to use it as a background.
To use your own image as a background, click the “+” button.
In the file picker window, navigate to where you downloaded and saved the image you want to use. Safari will open the desktop wallpapers folder first, making it easy to use one of the built-in wallpapers as the home page background.
Once you find the image you want to use, select it and click the “Choose” button.
Now the home page background is updated.
If you want to remove the current background or use a different one, go back to the customization menu and click the “X” button next to the current background.
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