In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to enable Safari’s Develop menu on Mac, and we’ll discuss some of the useful features that are packed within it.
Your Mac’s Safari web browser is loaded with features that aren’t enabled out of the box.
One of them is the hidden Develop menu, which packs a number of features that even regular Safari users could benefit from.
What is Safari’s Develop menu?
Safari has a hidden menu labeled “Develop” that is typically disabled from your menu bar by default. On the other hand, it can be easily enabled by the user.
From this menu, which seems to be mostly made for web developers, you can do a variety of things related to web development, but there are also some things that I, as a regular Safari user, find useful on occasion for minor troubleshooting or other reasons.
The features that I think come in handy the most for me are the following:
- Opening the current page with another web browser on your Mac
- Changing the user agent to see how the page loads in another web browser
- Emptying your Safari caches
The ability to see a web page in another web browser makes it so you can easily see why a page isn’t loading correctly for you. Although, in most cases, this is a feature a developer will use to test a website he’s building, it’s also useful for regular users who want to know if the page they’re visiting that isn’t loading properly isn’t compatible with Safari.
When it comes to emptying caches, this is a feature that comes in handy when you have a problem with a website rendering properly. You can empty your cache to make your web browser forget everything it knows about loading a specific website, and hopefully, it can render it correctly the second time around.
There are many other options available in the menu, but I do think these are less useful to regular Safari users than those who actually do web development for a living or as a hobby.
Turn on the Develop menu in Safari
- Launch Safari on your Mac if it’s not already open.
- From the top menu bar, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.
- When the settings pane for Safari opens up, click Advanced from the top.
- Put a checkmark in the Show features for web developers or Show Develop menu in Menu Bar checkbox.
And you’re done! Now, the Develop menu will appear in the Menu Bar whenever you have Safari open on your Mac, and you can open it to reveal all of the options we talked about earlier and more.
Are you keeping the Safari Develop menu enabled on your Mac? Share in the comments!
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