Safari in macOS High Sierra

You can customize your browsing experience with Safari for each website you visit. Reader View for some, autoplay for others!

Your Safari browsing experience is significantly more customizable in macOS High Sierra. Apple has added the ability to customize your browsing experience for each and every website that you visit. If you want to always read iMore in Reader View but not Android Central, no problem! If you want to allow autoplay videos on CNET but not CNN, you can do that. You can also throw a blanket rule across the web and allow your favorite websites to break that rule. Here's how.

How to customize rules for websites as you visit them on Safari in macOS High Sierra

In macOS High Sierra, you'll be able to set up custom rules for websites as you visit them. After a while, all of your favorite sites will always be customized to your browsing preferences.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Navigate to a website.
  3. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. Click on Settings for This Website.

    Click Safari, then Settings for this website, then customize the rules

When the small window pops up just below the URL bar in your browser window, you can select the rules you want to customize for this website. If you do this for every website you visit, as you visit, you'll eventually have customized rules set up for all your browsing activities.

How to customize Reader View for specific websites

You can manually set up customized Reader View rules for websites you visit, and change those customizations at any time. This method is faster if you've got a lot of browser windows open at the same time.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on Reader in the side bar.

    Select Websites, then Reader

  6. Select a website.
  7. Choose a rule from the drop down menu next to the website. You can choose to turn Reader View on or off.

    Select a website, then the rule

You can also set up a general rule for all other websites you visit by choosing a rule from the drop down menu at the bottom right of the Preferences window next to When visiting other websites.

How to customize Content Blockers for specific websites

You can manually set up customized Content Blocker rules for websites you visit and change those customizations at any time. This method is faster if you've got a lot of browser windows open at the same time.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on Content Blockers in the side bar.

    Select Websites, then Content Blockers

  6. Select a website.
  7. Choose a rule from the drop down menu next to the website. You can choose to turn Content Blockers on or off.

    Select a website, then the rule

You can also set up a general rule for all other websites you visit by choosing a rule from the drop down menu at the bottom right of the Preferences window next to When visiting other websites.

How to customize Auto-Play for specific websites

You can manually set up customized autoplay rules for websites you visit and change those customizations at any time. This method is faster if you've got a lot of browser windows open at the same time.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on Auto-Play in the side bar.

    Select Websites, then Auto-Play

  6. Select a website.
  7. Choose a rule from the drop down menu next to the website. You can choose to allow all auto-play, stop media with sound, or never autoplay.

    Select a website, then the rule

You can also set up a general rule for all other websites you visit by choosing a rule from the drop down menu at the bottom right of the Preferences window next to When visiting other websites.

How to customize Page Zoom for specific websites

You can customize whether you want to zoom in or out on different web pages. This method only works with websites you currently have open.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on Page Zoom in the side bar.

    Select Websites, then Page Zoom

  6. Select a website that is currently open.
  7. Select the zoom level for the website. You can zoom in or out by 50, 75, 85, 100, 115, 125, 150, 175, 200, 250, or 300%.

    Select a website, then the rule

You can also set up a general rule for all other websites you visit by choosing a rule from the drop down menu at the bottom right of the Preferences window next to When visiting other websites.

How to customize camera, microphone, and location permissions for specific websites

You can customize whether to give permission to websites to access your camera, microphone, or location. Camera and microphone permissions are usually attached to social or communication-based sites, like Google Hangouts and Amazon. This method only works with websites you currently have open.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on camera in the side bar.
  6. Select a website that is currently open.
  7. Select the permission for the website. You can allow, deny, or require the website to ask permission every time.

    Select Websites, then Camera, then the rule

  8. Click on microphone in the side bar.
  9. Select a website that is currently open.
  10. Select the permission for the website. You can allow, deny, or require the website to ask permission every time.

    Select Websites, then Microphone, then the rule

  11. Click on Location in the side bar.
  12. Select a website that is currently open.
  13. Select the permission for the website. You can allow, deny, or require the website to ask permission every time.

    Select Websites, then Location, then the urle

You can also set up a general rule for each of these categories for all other websites you visit by choosing a rule from the drop down menu at the bottom right of the Preferences window next to When visiting other websites.

How to customize what websites can or can't send you notifications

When you visit some websites, you'll be asked if you'd like to receive notifications when new articles are posted or content is updated. You can choose, at the time of the request, whether to allow or deny push notifications. You can change those preferences later in Website preferences.

Website Notifications

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari app menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Preferences.

    Click Safari, then click Preferences

  4. Select the Websites tab.
  5. Click on Notifications in the side bar.

    Select Websites, then Notification

  6. Select a website that is currently open.
  7. Select the permission for the website. You can allow or deny push notifications for the website.

    Select a website, then the rule

You can also set up a general rule for all websites you visit by ticking the box for Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications at the bottom of the Preferences window while in the Notifications section of the Websites tab.

Any questions?

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