Safari 6 – Lost functionality; Again! (and fixes)

Another update for Safari (6) and more features gone missing.

I’ve been using Safari 6 for less than 10 minutes and I already stumbled on two annoyances.

  1. The big one Previous page with the Backspace key. Before Safari 6, you could hit the backspace key on your keyboard and Safari would go back to the previous page. Not Safari 6. Why eliminate this functionality? It was harmless!

    I used it a lot as I have a Kinesis keyboard and the backspace key was always under my thumb. Now, I have to either move my right hand off the keyboard to reach for the mouse, or use two fingers to do a command-left-arrow.

    Update: Here is a tip to restore this lost functionality.

  2. The ‘Activity’ window is gone. It was useful for troubleshooting sites. It showed you each individual file that a page tries to load and it showed which ones failed. A side benefit to the activity window was that if you were watching some video on the net and you wanted to keep a copy of it, you could open the Activity window, find the file in the page’s list of files and double click it. Safari would then download and save a copy of the double clicked file.
  3. The RSS button is gone from the address bar. This can be fixed with the Subscribe to Feed Safari Extension
  4. The address bar now uses Windows-style editing. It used to be that if you clicked on a specific spot in the page’s URL, the curser will get inserted at that spot and you could start editing it. Now the whole URL is selected requiring a second click to edit the URL.
  5. Built in RSS Reader. Since I normally use NetNewsWire as my RSS reader, I missed this loss.
  6. Easy control of the font defaults. This can be remedied with two different solutions:
    1. Custom CSS sheet (in the advanced pane of the preferences window.)
    2. Using system Defaults

More functionality lost!