How to Show a Safari Link on Mac Before Clicking It

While browsing the internet, we come across a multitude of links. These links are a way for users and search engines to discover new content. With that in mind, it’s good to know where you’re going to go once you’ve done it.

Where does this link take me?

Some websites, like Apple’s, follow the good practice of marking a link external to their site with a small arrow, but that’s about all you can know about the link. Fortunately, with the Safari browser for Mac, you have a nice feature: the status bar.

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Thanks to the status bar, you can see the destination of a link before clicking on it. The status bar is disabled by default in Safari, but you can enable it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Safari app on your Mac.
  2. In the menu Presentationactivate the option Show status bar.

Automatically, if you pass the mouse over a link, a mini information bar appears at the bottom left of the window. A bar that tells you the full URL you’re heading to and also lets you know if it’s going to open in a new tab or stay in that same tab.

This feature is also quickly accessible thanks to the “Command + /” keyboard shortcut, so you can activate or deactivate it easily and only when we need it.

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