How to set up an image as your Home page in Safari on Mac

By , Nov 3, 2016

Safari Image as Home Page Mac

Safari, like just about all other web browsers, lets you set a home page to load every time you open the app. Most people think this feature is limited just to only websites, but that’s not the case at all. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set an image file as your Home page in Safari.

It’s a fun and quirky way to customize your web browser, and while it’s not going to be for everybody for obvious reasons, it’s just one of those things some people are going to do because they like to be different.

Setting an image as Safari’s home page

So here’s how you do it:

1) Launch Safari on your Mac.

2) Go to to Safari → Preferences from the Menu Bar.

Safari Preferences

3) When the Preferences window opens up, clear the Homepage text field of anything that’s already inside of it:

Safari Home Page Text Field

4) Choose an image file on your Mac and drag it into the Homepage text field in the window, like so:

Safari Drag Image to Homepage Field

5) The Homepage field should now display a file path to the image you just dragged into it:

Safari Image Homepage Path

6) Now quit Safari by going to Safari → Quit in the Menu Bar.

7) Relaunch Safari, and it should display the image file as your home page:

Safari Image as Home Page Mac

And that’s all there is to it!

By setting an image as your Home page, rather than a search engine or a favorite web page, your browser will look more interesting when you open it.

You might think it hinders your ability to search the web because now you have to load Google (or another search engine) manually, but that’s not really the case because you can still use the Search field in the navigation bar to search for anything on the internet with your search engine of choice.

In terms of usefulness, there’s really no advantage to setting an image as your home page in Safari. Nevertheless, it’s still cool to know this can be done.

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So show those hands! Who’s going to be setting an image as their Safari home page?

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  • Rolf Bause

    Why would I wanna do that?

    • Rickey Woods

      I second that

    • Because you can

    • Why would you even bother replying if you don’t want it? Would that not be a waste of your valuable time?

      • Rolf Bause

        Oh believe me, I have plenty of time 🙂

    • :D

      Why set Google as your homepage? It’s what most people seem to have it set to in spite of the search bar.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    This week in “Useless but funny tips for macOS”…

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Would’ve been more cool if the Favorites icons appeared on top of the wallpaper…

    • Couldn’t you write a simple webpage using the image as the background and place a link on top of the image. Writing a simple webpage is crazy easy:
      1. Write webpage using basic HTML
      2. Drag webpage from computer to Homepage text field
      3. Smile

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        *nerd alert.

      • Seriously? Eliciting a prescribed response? You could benefit from the study of psychology.