How to Delete History and Top Sites in Apple Safari

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Safari Top Site feature is one cool feature, which tracks the sites you browse and presents history thumbnails on a single page. You can customize the display by pinning a favorite site to a specific location in the grid.

If you ever want to clear the clear Top Sites List, and delete the browsing history in safari, follow the steps;

Clear Top Sites List

  1. Open Safari Browser
  2. Go to the bottom left corner and select Edit ( in the top sites page).
  3. Use the “X“(delete) option to clear individual Top Sites.

Clear the whole top sites list and history

  1. Open Safari Browser.
  2. Go to the bottom right corner and point your cursor in the Search history text box.
  3. This will bring up a “Clear history” button on the bottom left corner.
  4. Click “Clear history” to clear the history.
  5. Check the box to reset the “Top Sites“.
  6. Click “Clear“, this will clear the Top Sites and history.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris Tilford September 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I don’t think the instructions for clearing Top Sites is correct. The “X” doesn’t “clear” that entry, it “excludes” that entry from ever being displayed as a Top Site again. The correct answer is below where you use the History menu>Clear History… and then check the box “include Top Sites” and this will “clear” (reset) the Top Sites so that all previously excluded sites are now included again and you’re starting fresh. It would be nice if there was a way to clear Top Sites without losing your entire History also?

Gareh February 18, 2011 at 4:35 am

yes, but how do you clear history without erasing your top sites?

Carleton Hoffman July 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

i just had an Apple representative tell me that it is impossible to delete Top Sites, that it just always shows the most recent sites that have been visited, of course not the “top” or “favorite” ones, and that nothing can be done about it.
but then he also told me that our internet connection was interrupted when Firefox but not Safari would open.

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