How to Put the Home Button in a Safari Tool Bar

By Andrew Tennyson

Customizing your browser’s toolbar simplifies the process of accessing the tools and websites you use most often. Although Apple redesigned several aspects of its Web browser when it released Safari 8 with OS X Yosemite, you can still customize the browser’s toolbar via the View menu. Drag and drop your desired buttons, including the Home button, to the location you want, and you’re all set.

Step 1

Click “View” on the main menu in Safari and select “Customize Toolbar” to load the toolbar configuration dialog.

Step 2

Click the Home button on the list of available icons and drag and drop it onto the toolbar location where you want it to appear. Available icons are found along the top of the toolbar configuration dialog. The Home button is identified by an image of a house.

Step 3

Click the “Done” button on the toolbar configuration dialog to save your changes.

Step 4

Click “Safari” on the main menu along the top of your screen and select “Preferences" to load Safari's general preferences dialog.

Step 5

Click the “General” tab on the Preferences dialog and enter your desired home page URL in the “Homepage” field. Close the Preferences dialog to apply your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Existing items on the toolbar will automatically adjust to accommodate the Home button as you drag it onto the toolbar. The Search field also automatically resizes to free up space for new buttons.
  • If you already have a number of items on the toolbar and want to remove some, drag and drop them back onto the toolbar configuration dialog. Remember to click “Done” to save your changes.
  • Should you make a mistake while editing the toolbar, set it back to its default configuration by dragging and dropping the default icon set onto the toolbar. The default icon set is located just above the Done button on the toolbar configuration dialog.
  • Use the same process to change toolbar icons in Safari 7 on OS X Mavericks.