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July 17, 2009

Disable Safari 4's Welcome Video (Mac OS X)

If you're deploying Safari 4 into a lab setting, you probably don't want users seeing the welcome video when they launch Safari for the first time. To prevent this from occurring, simply set the following preference for the com.apple.Safari domain (as a string): LastDisplayedWelcomePageVersionString = "4.0".

If you're using MCX, that should be all you need to do. If you're using Radmind, the easiest way to propagate that setting (aside from local MCX) is to write it to /Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist with the defaults command.

In XML format, the plist should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>LastDisplayedWelcomePageVersionString</key>
<string>4.0</string>
</dict>
</plist>

Posted by slauncha at July 17, 2009 03:41 PM

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