How to Remove the Google Toolbar From Safari

By Suvro Banerji

The Google toolbar on a Safari browser is pre-installed. While this feature allows you to perform quick searches without having to go directly to the Google website, it also uses up some space in your browser and shortens up your location bar. To remove the Google toolbar from Safari operating on a Mac OS X, you'll need to use the OS X Interface Builder application.

Things You'll Need

  • Interface Builder app (OS X installation DVD)

Step 1

Shut down your Safari browser if it is open. Insert the OS X install DVD into your system's disk drive and run it.

Step 2

Open the Applications folder.

Step 3

Right-click the Safari icon and choose "Show Package Contents."

Step 4

Locate "Contents," and then browse to "Resources" followed by "English.lproj."

Step 5

Find "Toolbaritems.nib" and open it.

Step 6

Find the Google search boxes (there should be at least two of them, represented by the Google logo). Select these boxes and click "Delete."

Step 7

Click "Save" to save "Toolbaritems.nib." Exit from the Application folder. Eject the OS X install DVD. Open your Safari browser to check that your Google toolbar has been removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is a good idea to create a backup copy of the "Toolbaritems.nib" file before you execute Step 6.