Show the Full URL in the Safari 8 (Yosemite) Address Bar

When OS X Yosemite was released in October, it brought a ton of new features and improvements. Safari, like many native apps, was also affected, bringing speed and battery improvements, as well as a new simplified user interface. Part of that UI change was simplifying the look (and functionality) of the address bar.

In previous versions of Safari, the address bar would show you the entire URL of the site that you were currently visiting. Safari version 8, however, only shows you the highest level domain ("", for example). At least that’s the default. There is a way to change that so that you can see the full URL. Here’s how.


First, we need to launch Safari (Applications > Safari). Once Safari is open, let’s go into Safari > Preferences… On the Advanced tab, there is an option to “Show full website address”.

By checking the option, we are asking Safari to show us the full URL in the address bar.

For those who prefer to see the entire address… you’re welcome! :-)

Posted on November 11, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.