Safari on Mac will soon let you customize and replace a new window or tab page with extensions


Among all the new features included with macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 1, which released today for developers, Apple mentioned that Safari will have more customization options. While the company has not specified what exactly will change, 9to5Mac now discovered that the default macOS web browser will have the option to replace a new window or tab page with extensions.

René Richie first shared on Twitter macOS Big Sur 11.3 Release Notes, which are expected to be released in the coming weeks. Without further details, the release notes say the update adds more options in Safari.

Based on macOS code, 9to5Mac discovered that these options are actually new extensions that will allow users to change the default pages of a new window or tab. As this option is based on new extensions, we were unable to try it because there are no compatible extensions available yet.

Similar functionality is already available in other web browsers such as Google Chrome, which supports extensions for changing new tab pages, bookmarks manager, and history menu. This allows developers to add different features or even a new style to these pages.

Apple announced last year that Safari now supports the WebExtension API, which is a cross-platform technology found in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other browsers to offer universal browser extensions – so it makes sense that Apple brings the functionality of replacing pages to Safari.

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