Mac Safari: Basic Settings

The information below is relevant for the Enterprise Business Systems (EBS) Portal and the HR and Payroll functions within the portal.  For information on compatibility with other EBS Systems, such as Finance and Business Intelligence, see the Compatibility Matrix.

Many applications require additional settings on the browser to work properly. See detailed instructions below.

Local Intranet

In order to optimize performance, the EBS Portal must be listed in the proper security zone.

Control & click link> “Add link to Bookmarks”> Under "Add this page to:" Top Sites> Add

Allow pop-ups

Many links will open a new window. Make sure that the browser allows for pop-ups.

  1. Preferences
  2. Security tab
  3. Uncheck “Block Pop-up Window”

Allow Cookies

  1. Click Preferences
  2. Click Privacy
  3. Click to uncheck the "Block all cookies" box


Browsers should be set to have English as the first language. Items may not display properly on screen if this is set to some other language.

  1. Click System Preferences
  2. Go to "Language and Region"
  3. Under "Preferred Language" list English first


Having the zoom on the screen set to anything other than 100% can result in improper display of the screen, including a flickering screen. For most browsers, <control> 0 (zero) resets the zoom to 100%. Here are direction specific to each browser.

  1. Click View
  2. Select Actual Size


Add-ins can prevent items from properly displaying in browser windows. Below are directions for disabling browser add-ins.

  1. Click Preferences
  2. Go to Extensions
  3. Uncheck “Enable…” or Uninstall

Allow Caching

If you disallow caching, the EBS Portal cannot use the browser file system, and it will appear to the EBS Portal as though you are using Private Browsing. This will prevent the uploading of attachments, since the browser file system cannot be accessed.

To set this properly:

  1. Under "Safari"
  2. Then "Preferences"
  3. Choose the "Privacy" tab.
  4. When under "Cookies and website data" make sure the the flag "Always block" is NOT checked.

Adobe Reader


Adobe Reader must be installed after Acrobat Professional if the machine has both. Additionally Adobe Reader must be same or higher version that Acrobat Professional.

File Association

Adobe Reader must be associated with the proper file extension.

  1. Click File system
  2. Select file
  3. Click File
  4. Click Get Info
  5. Click Open with
  6. Select the application
  7. Click Change All

Add-in Enabled

  1. Choose Preferences
  2. Select the "Website" tab
  3. Make sure the setting for "When visiting other website" is either set as Ask or On

Other Settings

Adobe Protection…

  1. From Adobe
  2. Select Preferences
  3. Choose Security (Enhanced)
  4. “Enable Enhanced Security” should be checked

Adobe JavaScript setting…

  1. From Adobe
  2. Select Preferences 
  3. Under Javascript
  4. “Enable Acrobat Javascript” should be checked.