Safari Extensions

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I have written on Safari Extensions in a previous article, but things have changed over the last year or so. It seems that Apple has been in a consolidation mode over the last couple of macOS iterations. This is especially prevalent in the new Catalina OS. All this means that Extensions have been moved from their own area on Apple’s website into the App Store in the macOS. Here is how that works.

Extensions

Extensions can be very useful in the Safari web browser. I use a few of them. You find Extensions in the Safari Preferences Area:

Safari Extensions
Safari Extensions

Your Extensions are all listed in the Extensions Tab. You can check or uncheck them to activate. You can select them and click the “uninstall” button to remove them. If you wish to add an Extension to Safari click on the “More Extensions” button in the bottom right corner of the window. You are taken to the Extensions are of the App Store application:

App Store Extensions
App Store Extensions

Scroll down in this area to see all the Extensions. Some Extensions are free and others cost money. If you click on the Extension description it goes to a Description page for that item, just like any other App in the App Store program.

To add a free Extension click on the “Get” button and it will be installed. I decided to use the PiPifier picture in picture App. I installed it and then it provided this explanatory window:

Explanation
Explanation

Here is the PiPifier Extension in my Safari install:

PiPifier Extension
PiPifier Extension

And, here is what it looks like in the Safari menubar:

Most Extensions install in the Safari menubar. Some just perform a function like the MarsEdit Extension I have installed. To use that Extension I select some text on a website, click the MarsEdit Extension and the text is placed into a new blog article in the MarsEdit application.

Sometimes Extensions are kind of a standalone item. However, many Extensions are part of a third party App installed on your Mac. In my case the 1Password, MarsEdit, and PullTube Extensions fall into this category.

Conclusion

Extensions extend the usefulness of the Safari web browser. They can be very handy. It does not cost anything to experiment with the free ones. In fact, even though I think the PiPifier video Extension if pretty cool I will probably end up deleting it in Safari Preferences.

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