How to Change the Safari Default History Display on Mac OS X

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You can easily reset the default history in your Safari Web browser to any number or number of days with a simple terminal command. Here you will learn how to change the Safari default history display on your Mac.

  • Navigate to “Application/Utilities/Terminal” and double-click the "Terminal application" to launch it.

  • To change the the default history to a specific number of items in Safari's history, enter the following command in your Terminal application window and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. Set the number at the end of the command to the number of history items you wish Safari to display:defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitHistoryItemLimit 1000

  • To change the the default history to a specific number of days in Safari's history, enter the following command in your Terminal application window and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. Set the number at the end of the command to the number of days you wish Safari history to display:defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitHistoryAgeInDaysLimit 30

  • Photo Credit John Ford: Apple Computer
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