Give Safari 4 the GUI it deserves

by Phil Olin

Give Safari 4 the GUI it deserves

by Phil Olin on March 5, 2009

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safari4mo1Since the public release of Safari 4 beta, there has been numerous comments about the UI. John Gruber at Daring Fireball has done a detailed deconstruct of the issues with Safari UI, one that you must check out. Among the many issues Gruber points out, window colour is one glaring issue.


The toolbar/title bar in a standard, frontmost Leopard window is a gray gradient that goes from 77% brightness at the top to 59% at the bottom; for background windows, the standard gradient goes from 91–81%. (100% would be pure white, 0% pure black.) Safari 4 displays four different title bar states, for active and inactive tabs in both foreground and background windows. In none of these four states does Safari 4 use the standard gradient colors.

Luckily we can fix most of these problems. User dyfolio over at MacThemes has given us the opportunity to change the way Safari looks and behaves, while keeping the modern GUI.

This edit makes the active tab the same colour as a normal window, makes inactive tabs look like inactive windows, changes the tab glyphs, changes the coverflow scroller to a matte style, etc…

Once you’ve downloaded the file, its an easy three steps to modify your Safari. But before we get started, you need to do the most important thing first. Backup your current Copy it to another folder, archive it, anything. Just make sure you have a backup.

1. Find Safari, right-click and select Show Package Contents.


2. Drag all the files from the folder that you downloaded, and place them in the Contents » Resources folder in Safari’s Package Contents. Be sure to select Replace All when prompted.

3. Restart Safari and enjoy it’s new GUI goodness.

Thanks go to dyfolio for creating this awesome mod. Also, if you want your tabs to go back to the old style, and the addressbar loader to return to the ever filling blue strip, check out these easy terminal tips.

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