The default, built-in browser for macOS, Safari, is already rather functional. It is the Mac’s most battery-efficient browser and has a fantastic UI. Additionally, it supports third-party plugins and extensions that can increase its functionality. But occasionally, you could run upon an extension that starts acting strangely and producing problems. So, here’s how to delete Safari extensions and plugins if you’re having issues with one in macOS Sierra:
Remove Safari Extensions: The Default Way
Using Safari’s extensions manager is likely the simplest and most recommended way to remove extensions from Safari. You can easily follow the instructions below to uninstall an extension using the extensions manager:
1. Open Safari and select Preferences. You can additionally press command +,.
2. Click Extensions here.
Click the Uninstall option after choosing the extension you want to uninstall.
Delete Safari Extensions: The Finder Way
If you were having problems because of this extension, they should be rectified immediately since it will be removed from Safari.
In some cases, the extension may be acting improperly and prevent you from using the extensions management. Don’t worry if you run across this problem; there is a workaround you can employ.
1. Click Go -> Go To Folder in the Finder.
2. Type /Library/Safari/Extensions/ into the dialogue box that appears.
3. All of your installed extensions are stored here. Select the extension you want to remove and then click the “Delete” button.
Don’t forget to also empty the Trash of the deleted extension. just to avoid taking short cuts.
Remove Safari Plugins
You should no longer experience any problems with the extension and be able to use Safari normally as a result. If you believe your copy of the extension was the cause of the problem, you might try reinstalling it on Safari.
Safari plugins offer more functionality. Despite Safari being geared to consume HTML5 content, some websites continue to use Java, Flash, etc. to display content like animations. You will need to instal a plugin or enable it when you visit a page like this. A placeholder, like the one below, is displayed instead of the content, which is concealed.
But only when absolutely necessary should plugins be used. This is not being said by me. This is stated in Apple’s plugin support website. Anyhow, you can follow the instructions below to uninstall a plugin that you installed on Safari:
1. Select Go -> Go to Folder in Finder.
2. Type /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ into the dialogue box that appears. If the plugin isn’t present here, check in/Library/Internet Plug-Ins.
3. After you’ve located the plugin you want to delete, just pick it and do so. Delete the plugin from the Trash as well.
If you were having problems with the plugin or it was making your browser run too slowly, this will uninstall it from Safari and the problem should be resolved. If you ever need the plugin again, you can always reinstall it, although it’s likely that you won’t.
Remove Safari Extensions and Plugins to Solve Most Safari Issues on macOS Sierra
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