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Manually change Top Sites in Safari 4

Image: Safari 4 Top Sites — The new Safari 4 “Top Sites” screen shows icons of websites you visit most. I would prefer to see only the sites I choose and in the order I want them. It turns out it’s easy to manually add sites not shown and arrange them however you want.

Safari 4 Top Sites — The new Safari 4 “Top Sites” screen shows icons of websites you visit most. I would prefer to see only the sites I choose and in the order I want them. It turns out it’s easy to manually add sites not shown and arrange them however you want. (Dave South)


Image: Visit website to add — Visit a website you want to add to top sites.
Image: Use the site icon — Click and drag the site icon which is the little icon to the left of the URL.
Image: Drag to Top Sites — Drag the icon and link to the Top Sites icon in the bookmark bar.
Image: Website saved — The website is now saved to the Top Sites page.
Image: Edit Top Sites — Click the “Edit” button in the lower left corner. You can change the size of the icons using the links on the right for small, medium or large.
Image: Arrange icons — Then drag the icons around on Top Sites to “pin” them into place. The blue pushpin shows all pages permanently assigned to Top Sites. To remove a page, click the black X.

In the Safari 4 beta, the only way to add websites to the Top Sites page was to visit the website a bunch of times until it showed up or you edited a configuration file by hand. It was frustrating because I’d rather specify exactly what pages to show on Top Sites. I felt there had to be an easier way. With the final release of Safari 4, there is. Any website can be manually added to Top Sites. It’s quick and easy.

Manually add website to Top Sites

  1. Go to the website you would like to add to Top Sites.
  2. Drag the little icon at the left of the website URL in the location bar.
  3. Drop the icon onto the Top Sites icon in the bookmark bar (it’s the little grid of boxes, usually second from left).
  4. Click on the Top Sites link and the website should appear in the first open spot.

And that’s it. Click edit in the lower left corner and move the website to any position on the Top Sites page.

It turns out there are a lot of features embedded into Top Sites. Visit Safari 4 how-to: Top Sites Browser in a nutshell for more.