UPDATE: From Safari v. 10.0 this annoyance is fixed. Search bars are now located in the top-right corner of the viewport. Yay \o/
A search-box in OS X applications is almost always found at the top-right of the viewport. But Safari does its own thing when it comes to searching bookmarks and history. It has the search-box at the bottom-right corner. Even though I know this is where the search-box is, every time I want to search my bookmarks or history I automatically look at the top-right of the viewport and expect to find it there. Then, brief moment of confusion over, I remember to look at the bottom-right of the viewport, and wonder, yet again, why the search-box is there.
A Safari window can get crowded. This means the tabs get shrunk down to a width of 120 pixels. That’s about enough room for 12 letters and the elipsis, which is sometimes enough text to divine the contents of the tab, but oftentimes not.
What would help is a Tooltip on hovering. Chrome does this:
Chrome also trumps Safari in showing the website’s favicon, as can be seen in the two images above. I guess that favicons were removed from Safari tabs (version 8 onwards) because they can be ugly and don’t fit the monochrome greyness of OS X’s graphite theme. Like colours in the Finder sidebar, I think this is a case of form over function.
There is a problem when fast-switching (Cmd-Tab shortcut) between full-screen applications.
In the demonstration video below, you can see that I enter full-screen in iTunes. Then I fast-switch to Safari. Then I fast-switch back to iTunes. What we get is iTunes with whatever other window happens to be open. (In the video the Equalizer window is open). If the Equalizer window was not open, then we would see NO windows at all for iTunes, which shows how ridiculous this bug is.) In order to see the window that was full-screened, that window needs to be manually selected in the Window menu item/the application icon in the Dock must be clicked.
In the video, here are the steps:
Make the application full-screen (iTunes).
Fast-switch (cmd-tab shortcut) to another application (Safari).
Fast-switch back to iTunes.
The window that was full-screen now doesn’t show, only another non-full-screen window (in this case the Equalizer).
In order to get to the full-screen window, the menu item Window > (window name) must be selected, or the application Dock icon must be clicked.