How to Run Safari in 32-bit

by Chris Hoffman

Apple’s Safari Web browser runs as a 64-bit application by default in Mac OS X 10.6. When running in 64-bit mode, Safari isn’t compatible with some older Web browser plug-ins that only work with 32-bit Web browsers. You can run Safari in 32-bit mode if an add-on you use requires 32-bit mode. You can toggle between 64- and 32-bit mode from Safari’s info window in the Finder.

1

Click the “Finder” icon on the dock at the bottom of your screen.

2

Select “Applications” at the left side of the Safari window.

3

Press and hold the “Control” key on your keyboard and click the “Safari” icon.

4

Click “Get Info” in the menu that appears.

5

Click the “Open in 32-bit Mode” check box.

6

Close the Safari Info window.

7

Quit Safari by pressing "Cmd-Q" and then reopen Safari.

Tip

  • check Check the incompatible add-ons website for compatibility updates.

About the Author

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around tech geek who writes for PC World, MakeUseOf, and How-To Geek. He's been using Windows since Windows 3.1 was released in 1992.

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