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How to Search in Safari on Mac

Search in Safari on Mac:
Written by Hassan Abbas

Search in Safari on Mac: The search feature in Safari is smarter than most people probably realize. It’s not called the Smart Search Field for anything. Without visiting Google or another search engine, you can start typing things like flight numbers, local weather to receive the suggestions.

Besides, you can also search for an existing webpage, repeat a search, or search a site you’ve visited before. To help, we’ve gathered some tips for using a search in Safari.

Search in Safari on Mac

  • Perform a quick Safari search
  • Customize your search options
  • Search the current webpage
  • Search a previous website
  • Repeat a recent search
  • Switch tabs with a search
  • Change the search engine

Perform a quick Safari search

As we mentioned earlier, you can perform searches that offer fast results using the Smart Search Field.

You can also see quick details for movies, songs, TV shows, artists, and much more. For checking flight status, just input the flight number.

If you want to get your weather conditions, start typing in the word “weather.”

Before you head to a particular search engine, try to input your keyword or phrase into the Smart Search Field because you might find exactly what you want without that extra step.

Customize your search options

You’ll also notice handy suggestions when you input a term into the Smart Search Field. But, if you want to remove particular types of suggestions, you can disable those choices in Safari Preferences.

Open Safari and tap Safari > Preferences from the menu bar. Tab the Search bar. From here you’ll see four checkboxes in the Smart Search Field section that you can uncheck if you want to.

Include Safari Suggestions:

When you type in the Smart Search Field, Safari offers suggestions from the App Store, Music, nearby locations, and the internet.

Allow Quick Website Search:

Certainly, for sites, your searches are recorded so you can speed up additional searches later. Tap Manage Websites to add or clear sites from the list.

Preload Top Hit in the background:

See the Top Hits for your search based on your bookmarks and browsing history.

Show Favorites:

Show your Safari Favorites below the Smart Search Field when you tap inside of it.

You also a choice to add search engine suggestions below the Search engine field. So if you use Google, for example, you’ll see Google Suggestions while using the Smart Search Field.

Search the Current Webpage

If you’re searching for a specific word or topic on a page you’re viewing, you can search for it.

Use the keyboard shortcut Command + F. You’ll see a search bar appear at the top of the page. Input your keyword or phrase and you’ll see how many times it appears on the page. You can use the arrows to move to each instance found or slide the page to see the keyword highlighted in every spot.

Just tap Done in the search bar to close it when you finish.

Search a Previous Website

To search a website that you’ve visited before using a specific keyword or phrase, just input the site and then the keyword.

Repeat a Recent Search

You can also go back to the recent search you performed in Safari. Remove any text in the Smart Search Field and then tap the magnifying glass. Here you’ll see a recent search appear below the field that you can choose again.

Also, you can tap History > Search Results SnapBack from the menu bar to go to your last search.

Switch tabs with a search

If you have multiple tabs open in Safari, then you can switch to one easily using the search feature. Input a keyword in the Smart Search Field here you’ll see open tabs concern to it. Just tap to switch.

Change the Search Engine

If you want to change the default search engine you use, tap  Safari > Preferences from the menu bar. Tap the Search tab and make a selection from the Search engine drop-down list.

You can also use a different search engine by tapping the magnifying glass in the Smart Search Field. You’ll see that you can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo.


Here’s how to search in Safari on Mac. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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