How to Get the Toolbar Back on Safari

By Nick Batzdorf

If Safari looks different or even wrong - and its default appearance changed in 2014 - a few simple options under the View menu can restore its appearance.

With Yosemite, Apple ships a minimalist-looking version of Safari that doesn’t display its familiar navigation bars. When there’s no place to enter a Web URL or search term at the top of Safari, the Toolbar is hidden from view. Two clicks return the Toolbar to its rightful — and familiar — place.

Bring Back the Safari Toolbar

Show Toolbar

Go to the Safari View menu and select Show Toolbar. That's it! If you started with a minimalist window, you'll now see a URL address bar at the top of the screen.

The default Safari view, with the Toolbar and nothing else

Restoring All the Familiar Safari Navigation Bars

.Various bars can be shown or hidden under the View menu

Return to the View menu and click on Show Favorites Bar, Show Sidebar, Show Tab Bar and Show Status Bar. Note that Show Toolbar has changed to Hide Toolbar; you can show or hide any of these features to customize Safari's appearance.

Safari with all its Bars open: Toolbar, Favorites Bar, Tabs Bar, and Status Bar

Underneath the Toolbar, the Favorites Bar contains text links to your favorites. Below that, the Tabs Bar shows websites opened in tabs. At the bottom left, the Status Bar displays what will happen if you click on a link or other active area of the website you're viewing.