Show full website address in OSX Yosemite

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If you recently upgraded to Apple's OSX Yosemite, you may notice Safari only shows the "root" URL portion of a web address:

Shortened URL address bar

This can be especially frustrating if you are a web developer who uses URLs to navigate or if you are a power user who cares about security. Thankfully you can disable this functionality from the Safari preferences menu.

Navigate to Preferences (⌘ + ,), Go to "Advanced", and check the box labeled "Show full website address". Here is an animated GIF to help:

GIF showing how to enable full website addresses in Safari

You may also find my post on Focusing the Address Bar with ⌘ + L interesting.

About Seth

Seth Vargo is an engineer at Google. Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and some Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth advises non-profits.