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How to Permanently Delete Safari Bookmarks

Updated July 20, 2017

Compulsive bookmarking can lead to an unorganised bounty of websites and links you will probably never visit again. If your bookmark tab is bursting at the seams, take some time to tidy up your bookmarks by organising your favourites and deleting the clutter. Every Web browser has a different set-up and way of deleting bookmarks. Safari is the default Apple browser and requires specific commands to delete bookmarks.

Open Safari by clicking on the Safari icon in your Application Dock. If you do not have Safari in your dock, click the Finder icon in your dock to open the Finder window. Click on the Applications icon in the far left column of you Finder window, and then double-click the Safari icon.

Identify the bookmarks you would like to keep and the ones you would like to delete. Safari has a bookmarks bar and a bookmarks pull-down tab. Delete bookmarks that are saved on your bookmark bar by hovering the arrow over the bookmark you want to delete. Press and hold the "Control" key and click your mouse pad. A pull-down menu will appear; highlight the "delete" option and click your mouse pad. The tab will now be deleted from your bookmark bar.

Delete bookmarks in the pull-down menu by clicking the Bookmark tab at the top of your screen. Select the first option called, "Show all bookmarks." Select the "Bookmarks Menu" option in the left hand column of the window that pops up. Hover the arrow over the bookmark you want to delete. Press and hold the "Control" key and click your mouse pad. A pull-down menu will appear; highlight the "delete" option and click your mouse pad. The tab will now be deleted from your bookmark bar.

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About the Author

Kerry Gibbons has been writing for more than 10 years. She has served as a literature editor for quarterly literary magazines in Oregon and Illinois. Gibbons graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon, where she also worked as a conversational and academic tutor.