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Modern versions of Safari don’t show the entire URL of a page in the address bar—it just shows the web site’s domain name. If this bothers you, it’s easy to change.
For example, if you visit this article in Safari—whose full URL is https://www.howtogeek.com/283622/how-to-listen-to-podcasts-at-faster-and-slower-speeds-on-the-iphone/ —Safari will only show howtogeek.com in the address bar. It’s only telling you what site you’re on, not what page you’re on.
The easiest way to reveal the full URL is to click on the Smart Search Field. From here you can copy the location into a message or e-mail.
That’s easy, and maybe good enough for most folks. But what if you want to always see the full URL for everything you visit?
To do this, you will need to open Safari’s settings by clicking on the Safari menu and choosing “Preferences” or by pressing Command+, on your keyboard.
Once you’ve accessed Safari’s preferences, click on the Advanced tab and check the box next to Smart Search Field to “Show full website address”.
Now, wherever you go and whatever you visit, you will see the full URL in the search field. If you prefer the default, tidier way that Safari does things, simply reverse the process and uncheck the box.
Q. Ever since I upgraded my Mac to OS X Yosemite, the Safari browser does not display the full web address of the sites I visit. I like to know the exact page I’m on, so is there a way to extend the abbreviated addresses that are shown at the top of the window?
A. By default, the Safari browser’s Smart Search Field shows only the domain name of the site you are on (like www.ftc.gov), instead of the much longer URL of the page on the screen (like http://www.ftc.gov/policy/studies/patent-assertion-entities-pae-study). However, you can easily reveal a web page’s full address in a couple of ways.
Clicking the address field/search bar at the top of the Safari window automatically expands the simple domain name to the page’s full URL. When you have pages open in tabs, the title of each page is displayed on its tab as well.
If you prefer to have the full address displayed at all times without extra clicking, you can also just change the Safari settings. With the browser open, go to the Safari menu and select Preferences (or press the Command and comma keys to get there by keyboard shortcut). Click the Advanced tab, and next to the “Smart Search Field:” line, turn on the checkbox for “Show full website addresses” before you close the Preferences box.
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Q. Is it worth it to get a Windows 8.1 model with a touch screen instead of a standard screen? I just want a regular laptop, not one of those combination tablet-laptop things.
A. Financial considerations aside, if the prices for touch-screen and non-touch-screen machines are about the same, getting one with a touch-capable screen does give you an alternative method of interaction with the PC to go with the traditional mouse and keyboard input. Some people may find tapping the colored tiles of the Modern interface useful as shortcuts, and touch can be used alongside regular mouse work.
On the downside, some touch screens may drain the laptop’s battery more quickly than a computer with a regular display. You may find yourself cleaning your screen more frequently to get rid of fingerprint smears.
While the first version of Windows 8 in 2012 put more emphasis on the touch-screen features, Microsoft has upgraded the system more recently to make it friendlier for those who prefer to navigate the old-fashioned way.
The recent update to Windows 8.1 has tried to make the software even easier to use with mouse and keyboard by adding right-click contextual menus, and minimize and close buttons to the Modern side of the interface. It is also possible to start up the computer directly to the desktop mode and largely avoid the Modern interface if it does not appeal to you.
TIP OF THE WEEK Are you feeling inspired to upgrade your smartphone after seeing all the new fall models arrive, but are not sure how to transfer all your contacts, photos and other personal data to a different mobile platform? To help answer those questions — and possibly sway customers to pick up and move across operating systems — Google, Apple and Microsoft have all created illustrated online manuals that show how to relocate your phone’s contents from another system.
Browsers can let you customize a whole lot of things to enhance your web browsing experience. Among the popular browsers is the Safari on Mac that lets you surf the web seamlessly. But like many browsers, Safari is also one that doesn’t show the full URL in the address bar.
Not all browsers may show you the full URL of the website in the address bar. Not just for Safari, but the Google Chrome browser too, doesn’t let you view the full URL. It shortens the URL within the address bar with the main domain along with sun-domain (if any). Browsers show you the short domain to give you a more minimalist look, but you can always view the full URL of the website in Safari with a quick workaround.
Alongside the Google Chrome browser which allows you to show the full URL in the address bar, the Safari browser can also let you view the full URL in the address bar. Here’s what you need to do.
View Full URL In Address Bar In Safari Browser [Mac]
To always show the full URL in the address bar on Safari,
- Launch Safari and in the menu bar go to Safari -> Preferences.
- Under Preferences, switch to the Advanced tab.
- Check the box that says Show full website address.
Now, Safari should display the full URL. You can still view an copy the full URL of the website you want by clicking on the link in the address bar, however, this trick will show you the full link right away without needing to click on the address bar.
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The newest versions of Safari in macOS High Sierra, Mac OS Sierra, OS X El Capitan & OS X Yosemite defaults to only displaying the domain name of the website you are visiting, rather than the complete URL that many users have long been accustomed to seeing. Some users won’t notice the change, but for many of us, this is unnecessary and annoying as it hides information about active websites that is important to know.
If you’d like to change back to how most web browsers have behaved for twenty+ years and display the complete website URL, you can make a quick settings change on your Mac within Safari to display the entire URL address of any link in the address bar.
How to Show the Complete URL in Safari Again on Mac
- Open Safari Preferences (accessible via the Safari menu) and choose the “Advanced” tab
- Check the box next to ‘Smart Search Field’ for “Show full website address”
- Exit out of Preferences to immediately see the difference in a URL
Note that you’d need to be beyond the root level of a website to see the difference. Assuming you are, the change is immediately visible in the URL bar as the complete URL is now printed again, letting you know exactly what the URL of the website is.
For example here’s a URL with the default setting on OSXDaily.com which only shows our domain name (osxdaily.com):
And with the “Show full website address” feature enabled, the exact same webpage now demonstrates a complete URL as it always had for OSXDaily.com (in this case, a post here on iOS 8.1, with the full URL being: https://osxdaily.com/2014/10/20/ios-8-1-released-download/ )
Some users may not care about this, but many of us like to know where on a website we are, and what URL address we are actively visiting. This is particularly important for users who work with the web, whether in a designer, developer, editor, blogger, or any other form, but even casual web users who just like to share a URL often want to know what it looks like, or to make sure they’re at the right place. This is probably a more important change for those who use Safari as their default browser rather than rare or occasional Safari users, but even for developers with occasional use it can still be valid to take a moment to enable.
Why this option is not enabled by default, as it has been since the entirety of the web since the earliest versions of Netscape (and Safari for that matter) is a bit of a mystery, but fortunately revealing the full URL of websites is as simple as checking a settings box.
With the proliferation of online media, there has been an upsurge of pranksters and fraudsters who dupe consumers with false links/web pages. On nicely written texts, they upload a link that doesn’t bear any connection with the content.
Therefore, it is always advisable to check the link given on a particular phrase or a word. If you are reading something on your Mac, you can easily check such links by hovering the cursor on a linked word or phrase. But what if you are reading a web page on your iPhone? Here is a trick that can help you preview a link’s URL in Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad. So before tapping any link, just check the URL with the help of this trick.
How to Preview Link’s URL in Safari on iPhone/iPad
Step #1. Launch Safari on your iPhone/iPad.
Step #2. Open any website or page (for example: www.igeeksblog.com)
Select a link you want to check URL of.
Step #3. Tap and hold that link for a couple of seconds.
A menu will swipe up from the bottom of iPhone’s screen. There are four options: Open, Open in New Tab, Add to Reading List, and Copy. Above these options, you can see entire URL of the link you wanted to open. From there, you can check whether the link bears right or wrong URL.
If the URL is too long to see vertically on iPhone’s screen, rotate your iPhone to a horizontal position. This will enable you to check entire URL if it is long.
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iOS 15 launches this week and brings with it a lot of new features including Live Text, Focus modes, a new Weather app, FaceTime enhancements as well as more features like FaceTime screen sharing coming later this year. However, one of the more drastic changes is to Safari. Apple has dramatically redesigned the layout of Safari, as well as adding new features like Tab Groups. However, if you don’t like the new UI, you can go back. Here’s how.
On the iPad, Apple has redesigned the tab bar with new button shapes and a compact layout option for how the tabs are arranged in the Safari toolbar.
On the iPhone, there is a more drastic change. The address bar now sits at the bottom of the screen above the toolbar, and there’s a new look for the tabs screen too. It’s fair to say that the default design on iOS 15 is a pretty big departure from what came before.
Why did Apple redesign Safari? Apple said they are bringing important controls closer to your fingers with a bottom-oriented appearance. That means the address bar is now easier to access with one hand, especially if you have a larger iPhone like an iPhone 13 Pro Max. As well as being able to tap into the address bar, you can also now swipe left and right on the tab bar to quickly switch between tabs with a gesture.
However, if you really don’t like the new UI of Safari, you can make it look and work like iOS 14 again. Mostly.
How to put the address bar back on top
To move the URL bar in iPhone Safari back to the top of the screen, it’s quite easy.
When browsing inside of Safari on iOS 15, tap the “Aa” button in the address bar. Then press the ‘Show Top Address Bar’ in the menu that appears. In Top Address Bar mode, Safari will look almost identical to how it looked on iOS 14.
The new grid design of the Tabs view cannot be reverted however. If you want to go back to the new bottom address bar design, simply press the Aa button again and choose ‘Show Bottom Tab Bar’.
You can also change this layout setting from the Settings app. Navigate to Settings -> Safari -> Tabs -> select Single Tab.
How to disable color tinting
One more subtle Safari design change is that iOS 15 will now tint the top toolbars of Safari to reflect the accent color of the website. For example, if you are viewing a website with a red background, the top toolbar of Safari will also inherit the red theme. This is more noticeable on iPad and Mac but it applies to iPhone too. Again, if you don’t like this effect, you can turn it off.
Unlike reverting the Safari address bar design, the color tinting option can only be changed in Settings. Navigate to Settings -> Safari -> Tabs -> toggle Allow Website Tinting to off.
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Every new version of iOS introduces some new interface elements. The App Library and Widgets added in iOS 14 were a huge change to the home screen, for example. But those can be entirely avoided if you want. Most of the interface changes to iOS are like that—if you want to keep on using your iPhone and apps the way you’re used to, you often can. Forced changes tend to be relatively minor or unobtrusive.
That’s not the case with the changes coming to Safari in iOS 15. It’s essentially a completely new browser, and it hits you in the face with its dramatic interface changes from the first moment you use it. It can be more than a little disorienting after years of a mobile Safari experience that has only become more comfortable with age, like a well-worn T-shirt. This guide will help you untangle the major new changes to Safari so you can get back to browsing with confidence.
The bottom tab bar
The very first thing you’ll notice when you open Safari on iOS 15 is that the address bar is no longer at the top of the screen.
There’s now a unified “tab bar” at the bottom of the screen, floating a bit above the bottom edge. It shows the site you’re on (but not the entire URL), followed by a “more” menu (a circle with three dots in it) and a Tab button. This address bar will have back/next buttons on the left if it’s not the first page you’ve been to. As the page loads, this tab bar will slide down to the bottom of the screen, making more room for the website itself. It also fades to the bottom when you scroll down the page, but reappears as you scroll up.
To stop it from fading away on its own, open Settings > Safari and toggle Auto-minimize Tab Bar. Then it will only minimize when you scroll down the page.
There’s no reload button the tab bar anymore, either. You can reload by going to the top of the page and pulling it down, or tap the (…) button and then Reload. The (…) button is where you’ll find all your other activities like sharing, reader mode, adding to your Read Later list, adjusting text size, adding bookmarks, and more.
The new start page
The way tabs work has changed, too. Gone is the “flipbook” of tabs, replaced by a new swipe gesture and tab grid.
Swipe left or right on the tab bar to quickly hop back and forth between open tabs. It’s a really handy gesture, but it takes a little getting used to; swipe too far toward the bottom edge and you’ll jump back and forth between apps. Apple made moving between tabs in Safari just like moving between apps on your iPhone, but they’re pretty close to each other on the screen.
When you open a new Safari tab, you first see the start page. It’s a lot like the one in Safari today, with your Favorites at the top, a privacy report, your reading list, and a quick way to open a tab you’ve got open on your Mac or iPad. But there’s a big change: a huge Shared with You section beneath your Favorites that shows recent links sent to you in Messages.
It’s a handy way to quickly get to a site you know someone sent you in a text, without having to first open Messages, find the conversation, and scroll back to find the link.
If you don’t like this section (or any other), tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the start page will let you enable or disable the various sections or reorder them.
The new tab groups
You can see all your open tabs in the current tab group by tapping the Tabs button on the right edge of the tab bar or swiping up on the tab bar. All the open tabs are displayed in a grid, and you can close any tab by tapping the little (x) icon in the upper right. Tap-and-hold on a tab in the grid and you will see a menu of additional tab management options. You can drag tabs around to reorder them when in this state.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the address bar has been replaced by a tab bar with a new tab button, the name of the current tab group (if any), or the number of tabs (if you’re not in a tab group), and the Done button. Tap that menu to get the Tab Groups menu, which lets you hop over to Private tabs, or any of your existing tab groups (even if you made them on your Mac or iPad), or create new tab groups.
Tab groups is one of those features that most users may not even realize is there at first, but it can be a powerful tool to organize your browsing habits. You can have one group of all your favorite news and weather sites, another for tech sites, one for shopping, or make tab groups for specific projects you’re working on.
In iOS 15 as well as Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, Apple introduced some Safari interface design changes that haven’t been universally welcomed. Fortunately, Apple has made some of these changes optional, such as the ability to disable tab bar coloring.
The idea behind tinting is that it allows the browser interface to fade into the background and create a more immersive experience. However, the effect doesn’t always look great, especially if you have several windows arranged on your desktop. Happily, Apple chose to include an option to turn it off.
Launch Safari, then select Safari -> Preferences. from the menu bar.
If you’re using Safari in iOS 15, you can find the same option in Settings -> Safari. Under the “Tabs” section, turn off the switch next to Allow Website Tinting. On iPadOS 15, this option is called Show Color in Tab Bar, just like in Safari 15 for macOS.
In previous versions of iOS, Apple included a “Show Color in Tab Bar” accessibility setting, which basically had the same effect as the new “Allow Website Tinting” toggle. The fact that Apple made the option more prominent suggests user aversion to tinting is more common than previously thought.
The URL interface is used to parse, construct, normalize, and encode URLs. It works by providing properties which allow you to easily read and modify the components of a URL.
You normally create a new URL object by specifying the URL as a string when calling its constructor, or by providing a relative URL and a base URL. You can then easily read the parsed components of the URL or make changes to the URL.
If a browser doesn’t yet support the URL() constructor, you can access a URL object using the Window interface’s URL property. Be sure to check to see if any of your target browsers require this to be prefixed.
Note: This feature is available in Web Workers
Creates and returns a URL object referencing the URL specified using an absolute URL string, or a relative URL string and a base URL string.
A USVString containing a ‘#’ followed by the fragment identifier of the URL.
A USVString containing the domain (that is the hostname) followed by (if a port was specified) a ‘:’ and the port of the URL.
A USVString containing the domain of the URL.
A stringifier that returns a USVString containing the whole URL.
Returns a USVString containing the origin of the URL, that is its scheme, its domain and its port.
A USVString containing the password specified before the domain name.
Is a USVString containing an initial ‘/’ followed by the path of the URL, not including the query string or fragment.
A USVString containing the port number of the URL.
A USVString containing the protocol scheme of the URL, including the final ‘:’ .
A USVString indicating the URL’s parameter string; if any parameters are provided, this string includes all of them, beginning with the leading ? character.
A URLSearchParams object which can be used to access the individual query parameters found in search .
A USVString containing the username specified before the domain name.
Returns a USVString containing the whole URL. It is a synonym for URL.href , though it can’t be used to modify the value.
Returns a USVString containing the whole URL. It returns the same string as the href property.
Returns a DOMString containing a unique blob URL, that is a URL with blob: as its scheme, followed by an opaque string uniquely identifying the object in the browser.
Revokes an object URL previously created using URL.createObjectURL() .
The constructor takes a url parameter, and an optional base parameter to use as a base if the url parameter is a relative URL:
URL properties can be set to construct the URL:
URLs are encoded according to the rules found in RFC 3986. For instance:
The URLSearchParams interface can be used to build and manipulate the URL query string.
To get the search params from the current window’s URL, you can do this:
The toString() method of URL just returns the value of the href property, so the constructor can be used to normalize and encode a URL directly.
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Safari cannot open the page? You’re certainly not alone. But don’t worry – it’s often quite easy to fix…
5 fixes for Safari cannot open the page on iPhone, iPad or Mac
Here’re 5 fixes that have helped other users resolve the problem. Just work your way down the list until the problem is solved.
Fix 1: Refresh the webpage
Sometimes a Safari cannot open the page error is only a hiccup caused by a somehow interrupted network connection. So you can try clicking/tapping the refresh button to see if the webpage loads up properly. If yes, then great! But if the error still persists, move on to Fix 2, below.
Fix 2: Check your URL
You should also double check your URL to make sure it’s correct and proper. A wrong URL is one of the most common reasons why you can’t open a page. But if the webpage is still not loading with the right URL, you should try Fix 3, below.
Fix 3: Clear Safari cache
Cache is the information browsers store in webpages so that data can load faster in your future visits. But too much cache can also cause the Safari cannot open the page and webpage won’t open issue so you should clear your browser cache and see if it fixes the problem.
Clear browser cache on Mac:
- In Safari, click Safari >Preferences.
- Click Privacy >Manage Website Data….
Click Remove All. Then click Remove Now once the confirmation window pops up. Finally, click Done.
Clear browser cache on iPhone/iPad:
- On your iPhone/iPad, tap Settings. Then scroll all the way down to Safari, tap on it and tap Clear History and Website Data.
Fix 4: Use a VPN
This Safari cannot open the page error may occur if the website you wish to visit is blocked in your area. So you should use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to work around this problem. If you don’t know which VPN service to trust, you can try NordVPN.
NordVPN helps you bypass all the geo-restricted websites, unlock just about anything on the web and in the meanwhile keeping your online activity secure and private. It’s in fact one of the users’ most trusted VPN providers in the market!
Here’s how to use NordVPN:
- Download and install NordVPN.
- Run NordVPN, then sign in your account. (You might need to sign up an account first if you’re new.)
Choose a server where the content you wish to visit is accessible.
Fix 5: Change DNS settings
DNS (Domain Name System), very much like the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book, is a system which translates the domain names you enter in a browser to the IP addresses required to access those sites. If the DNS server you’re assigned with goes down or lags, you may have the Safari cannot open the page error. So you can switch your DNS server to a Google server(184.108.40.206) to see if it fixes the issue.
Change DNS settings on Mac:
- On the dock, click the System Preference icon.
Click the DNS tab, then click the + button to add a server and type 220.127.116.11. Click OK once you’ve finished making the changes.
Change DNS settings on iPhone/iPad:
- On your iPhone or iPad device, tap Settings >WiFi. Then tap the i icon right next to your WiFi network.
Scroll down to the DNS section and tap on Configure DNS.
Tap Manual >Add Server.
Type 18.104.22.168. Then tap Save once you’ve finished making the changes.
How have the methods above helped you with the troubleshooting? Do you have any ideas or tips to share with us? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts.
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The Windows Taskbar is so handy that we often reach for it when looking for critical apps – but sometimes those apps are cloud-based and you have to start by going to your favorite browser first. And then, if you are like most of us, the hunt among tens of tabs begins. Perhaps “pinning” those critical and important website directly to the Taskbar would be helpful? Below is a tip for doing so in Chrome. Don’t use Chrome or Safari? Ask Google!
From Chrome to Windows Taskbar
1. Go to the page /URL you want to pin in Chrome.
2. Click the 3 dots / menu located top-right of the browser.
3. Select More tools and then Create Shortcut, ok to save it.
4. Now, click on the Windows Start button and look for it under “Recently Added”
5. Right click on it and select Pin to Start and /or Pin to Taskbar from the Windows tile created on your Start menu.
Mac Dock on Mac from Safari
1. Go to the page /URL you want to pin in Safari.
2. Click and hold on the URL link in the URL bar, then drag the URL down to the right-side of the Dock on the Mac.
3. Release the click and the website URL has now been added to the Dock as a shortcut.
Quick note: pinned website shortcuts will be open in the same browser you used to create and pin the shortcut even if that browser is not your system default. Getting efficient with our browsers is critical in today’s increasingly popular cloud-based world so be sure to review a past tip on pinning your favorite tabs within your a browser. Click here to read “Winning with Pinning.”
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Use web clips to create quick links to your frequently used functions, such as linking to important contact information or PDFs. Web clips allow you to add quick-access icons to the home screen of an iPad or iPhone, or the dock on a Mac that links directly to specified web pages. In combination with restricting Safari, you can improve your security by allowing users to access only a select few web pages.
Web Clip Requirements and User Experience
If Safari is restricted on devices in this Blueprint, then the web clip must be deployed in full screen mode.
The URL for the web clip should read “mailto:emailaddress”. For example, “mailto:[email protected]”.
Tap the web clip.
A Safari window will open, before redirecting to the Mail app with an email pre-addressed to the target recipient.
Compose and send the email.
If the web clip was not set to full screen mode, then Safari will generate an additional prompt.
Applies to iPad and iPhoneВ only.
- For a contact phone call, the URL for the web clip should read “tel://contactnumber”. For example, “tel://5551239876”.
- For a contact text message, the URL for the web clip should read “sms://contactnumber”.В For example, “sms://5551239876”.
If Safari is restricted on devices in this Blueprint, then the web clip must be deployed in full screen mode.
For web clips intended for calling a contact:
Tap the web clip.
A Safari window will open, and a prompt will appear to call the associated number.
Tap Call to open the Phone app and initiate contact.
For web clips intended for texting a contact:
Tap the web clip.
A Safari window will open before redirecting to the Messages app with a text pre-addressed to the target recipient.
Compose and send the text.
Full screen mode will not apply, as Chrome does not support full screen mode settings.
For Chrome, prefix the URL googlechrome:// or googlechromes:// for https.
Deploying Web Clips With Jamf Now
If you already have a web clip deployed, pushing a new web clip will reset the location of any existing clips to their original location on the home screen or dock. This will not affect their functionality but users will notice their location change if they moved the clips from their default install location.
- Log in to Jamf Now .
- Click Blueprints .
- Click Web Clips .
- Click Add Web Clip .
- In the pop-up window, enter a name, URL, and optional custom icon for the web clip.
Apple recommends using a square image that is no larger than 400 x 400 pixels and less than 1 MB when uncompressed. Image files are scaled and cropped to fit when necessary.
Apple Mac users can customize Safari to see more content from a website and less browser chrome by using full screen, zooming, and hiding controls.
Apple‘s Safari browser for the Mac is more customizable than ever and there are several ways to expand the viewport to show more of a website at once, including full screen mode. When looking at a photo or a video, more is usually better and the same is true of data-heavy websites that may have several large tables filled with relevant information. Fitting that all in on a MacBook screen might be a tight squeeze.
It feels like Safari has been around forever, but Apple first launched its browser in 2003. Before that, Mac users primarily relied upon Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, although, Opera, Netscape, and Mozilla were well known and good solutions as well. Google’s Chrome followed soon after and, over the years, the browser wars have settled into a fairly consistent rendering and performance level, making the differentiating factor more about user-friendliness as well as the overall look and feel of the browser. Apple usually opts for minimizing the appearance and letting the website shine, but there are ways to show even more of a website’s content with Safari.
Switching to full screen mode is the quickest way to hide all of Safari’s chrome, the developer terminology for the user interface, including the address bar, tab bar, and any other controls that are open. Basically, the entire screen becomes a window to the current website. To enter full screen on a MacBook, simply hold the globe key, also known as the function key, and tap the letter ‘F.’ Tapping the escape key will exit full screen mode. On a Mac that doesn’t have such a key on its keyboard, a combination of control and the command key, which looks a bit like a four-leaf clover, plus the letter ‘F’ switches to full-screen. This is as much screen space as possible, but there is a way to see even more of a web page. Also, Apple gives Safari users ways to minimize the chrome without hiding it all.
See More Website, Less Safari
With Safari on the Mac, some controls can be hidden to allow more room for content while keeping the tab bar visible. Under the View menu, there are options to show or hide the favorites bar and sidebar. Full screen can be accessed from this menu as well. Reader mode, also found there, offers a different type of content viewing that hides ads and removes the website’s styling, instead formatting the page in a narrow column with a large font. For anyone looking for a distraction-free view of an article, going to Reader and full screen displays the words and photos in a minimalist fashion. For those running macOS Monterey, opening preferences from the Safari menu and choosing compact tabs will merge the search field and the tab bar together, an easy way to gain vertical space, which is tight on a MacBook, but might be less of an issue on a desktop Mac.
Another way to view more of a website on a Mac computer is to zoom out, which is easily accomplished by holding the command key and tapping the minus key. Zooming back in is done with a combination of command and equals key, which is the same key used for the plus sign but there is no need to hold the shift key. Command plus the zero key restores the zoom level to normal. Zooming affects both text, images and other graphics on a page and Safari remembers the zoom level set for each website, so upon returning it will default to the magnification used at the last visit, which is a nice touch by Apple. If there is a need to reduce images and graphics on a website, but keep text readable, under the advanced preferences pane, there is an option to set a minimum font size. Apple’s Safari offers several ways to customize the view of a website to help the user see more of the content and less of the browser.
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Drag and drop the URL symbol (the blue globe on the left of the address field) to the bookmarks bar. Give this bookmark a name in the pop-up dialog (e.g. Print URL Header). You now have a new “button” for this specific function. Click once to print the page.
Subsequently, how do I print a URL from my bank statement?
Also, how do I print a URL at the bottom of Safari? In the Safari app on your Mac, choose File > Print. Click the options pop-up menu (in the separator bar), choose Safari, then set the webpage printing options. If you don’t see the options pop-up menu in a separator bar to the right of the page preview, click Show Details at the bottom of the Print dialog.
Correspondingly, how do I print a URL in Safari? Open Safari and navigate to the website you want to print. From the menu bar, go to File > Print. Select your printer and edit the print settings. Click Print.
Beside above, how do I print a URL? On any website in Chrome, hit Ctrl+P on your keyboard to bring up the print dialog box.
- Visit a web page in Safari.
- Select File > Print.
- In the lower-lefthand corner, select either Open PDF in Preview or Save as PDF.
How do I print a bank statement?
Log in to your online banking. Select Statements from the left menu and the required account. Select a statement number, followed by ‘Print’ at the top. Now, right-click your statement and choose to save as a PDF.
How do I save a Web page as a PDF in Safari?
- Open Safari and browse to the webpage you wish to save as PDF.
- Click on the Safari option bar at the top-left of your screen and go to “File” and “Export as PDF”
- Select a name and a location and click on “Save”
How do I print a PDF from Safari on my iPad?
Select the Share (or Print) button in the app to (for Safari, you tap the Share button, then Print). Using two fingers, pinch apart your fingers as if zooming on the print preview. This will generate a PDF and show a new view.
How do I print to PDF in Safari?
- Navigate to the page you want to save.
- Go to the File menu and select Print.
- Go to the lower-left corner of the print window and select the PDF drop-down arrow.
- Select Save as PDF.
- Enter a title for the PDF and choose where to save it.
- Select Save.
How do I print a URL on a Mac?
- Display the desired page.
- Choose File→Print or press ⌘+P.
- In the Save As text field, type a name for the saved page.
- Select the number of copies.
- Specify whether you want to print the entire page, only the current page, or a range of pages.
- Click Print.
How do I print just a portion of a Web page on a Mac?
Hope this helps. You could use Command-Shift-4 and then drag to select the portion of the webpage. That’ll save a graphic file on your Desktop. Then, double-click that file to open it in Preview, and print from there.
How do I save instead of print in safari?
- Open Safari and the webpage you wish to save as a PDF.
- Click on File in the Safari menu bar.
- Scroll down and click on “Export as PDF” and save the file to your desktop.
- If you click on a link in the PDF, it will take you back to the website that the link points to.
How do I get my URL to the bottom of the page?
You need to double click at the bottom of the word document page and when it says footer you can paste it into that area. Try this: In Page Setup, have URL on the left in the Footer and have both Center and Right as Blank. That about as good as you’re gonna get of a full URL.
What a URL looks like?
In its most common form, a URL starts with “http://” or “https://” followed by “www,” then the website name. That can then be followed by the address of directories on that web page, followed by the location of specific pages. … A URL is also called a web address because it works like a house address.
How do I remove URL from print?
Google Chrome: Go to the Menu icon in the top right corner of the browser and Click on Print button. Uncheck the “Headers and footers” option underneath the “Margins” option. Apple Safari: Go to the print option from the menu and the Print dialog appears. Uncheck the “Print headers and footers” option.
How do I save a PDF as a link?
- Open a PDF that contains a PDF file attachment.
- Go to where you want to create a link.
- Choose Tools > Edit PDF > Link > Add or Edit, and select the area for the link.
Fortunately, Safari in Apple’s macOS operating system comes with a little-known feature called a status bar, which you can enable from the web browser’s settings to show the destination link of any hyperlink in a web page by simply hovering your mouse over the link. iPhone and iPad users also have a similar function that they can take advantage of, but more on that later.
How you see where links will take you
Because you never really know where links may take you these days, it’s a good idea to enable this feature on your Mac or make use of it on your iOS device if you’re a Safari user. As stated earlier, the feature essentially gives you a sneak peek at a link before you actually click on it, so you can be sure you’re following a link to the correct website and not somewhere where you may get Rick-Rolled or infect your machine or device with harmful malware.
The status bar actually pops up at the bottom left-hand corner of the Safari window on your Mac while you’re hovering your mouse over any hyperlink, and the URL that you see is the web page that you will be directed to if you click on that hyperlink. On iPhone and iPad, the process is only slightly different because without a mouse to hover with, you have to use a touch gesture instead, but the end result will be virtually the same.
How to make Safari show the URL when hovering over a link
Getting Safari show the URL when you hover over a link on your Mac is very simple! All you have to do is follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch Safari on your Mac.
Step 2: Go to View > Show Status Bar.
Step 3: The URL-peeking Status Bar should now appear at the bottom left of the window any time you hover over a hyperlink on the web page.
How to preview a link in Safari on iPhone and iPad
On an iOS device, whether it’s your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, there is nothing to configure because the feature is always enabled by default. It’s just a matter of using the right touch gesture to access it. To preview links in Safari for iOS, just do the following:
Step 1: Launch Safari on your iOS device and load a web page with hyperlinks.
Step 2: Tap and hold on a hyperlink for a couple of seconds until an action sheet appears.
Step 3: This action sheet shows you the destination URL at the top and also includes other options, such as opening the link in a new tab, adding the link to your Reading list, and copying the link.
The whole point of this feature, which is disabled by default on a bone-stock Mac, but is enabled by default on your iOS device, is to help with security by letting you know where your web browsing experience is going to take you. It can be an immersive way of ensuring you only click on the links that you intend to visit, and can prevent unwanted visitations to potentially harmful web sites.
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Keep your previous Safari layout by moving the Apple address bar and disabling the Mac-style landscape tab bar.
With iOS 15 Safari, the app has a whole new layout which brings many updates to the way you browse in the app. In Safari, the address bar is now located at the bottom of your iPhone screen, and in landscape orientation tabs will now appear in a list across the top. If you find these updates inconvenient and want to revert to the previous iOS 14 Safari layout, we’ll show you how!
- Move Address Bar to the Top of Safari
- Remove the Tab Bar from Safari Landscape View
Move Address Bar to the Top of Safari
Moving the search bar to the bottom of the screen has been one of the biggest changes to Safari in iOS 15. Luckily, if you don’t like this change, you can switch it back! Safari now has two tab modes: Single Tab and Tab Bar. With Single Tab mode, your Apple address bar is displayed at the top of Safari and you must tap the tab icon to switch between tabs. With the Tab Bar mode, your URL address bar is displayed at the bottom, and you can swipe between open Safari tabs. Below, we’ll cover how to get the URL bar back to the top of the page in Safari.
How to Move Address Bar to the Top in Safari (Shortcut)
Perhaps you find yourself accidentally swiping between tabs or you find it disorienting to have the URL bar at the bottom of your screen. Whatever your reason, this is the fastest way to switch into Single Tab mode and move the search bar to the top of Safari while browsing.
- Open Safari and navigate to a web page.
Tap the ‘aA’ icon in the address bar.
Tap Show Top Address Bar.
Now your Apple search bar will be displayed at the top of the screen. If you ever change your mind and want to revert back to the Tab Bar mode (being able to swipe between tabs is pretty handy!), follow the steps above and tap Show Bottom Tab Bar.
How to Place the Website Search Bar at the Top in Settings
This is a different method to adjust the same setting shown in the shortcut above. Below, we’ll cover how to move your iPhone or iPad search bar to the top in Settings.
- Open the Settings app.
Tap Single Tab.
Remove the Tab Bar from Safari Landscape View
The landscape tab bar in Safari displays open tabs across the top of your screen and allows you to tap and switch between them, much the same way you would on your laptop. This is a handy update, as it means you no longer have to tap the Tab icon to switch tabs while browsing in landscape view. However, if you feel the landscape tab bar is crowding your screen and cramping your style, you can disable this feature:
Open the Settings app.
Tap the toggle next to Landscape Tab Bar to disable it.
That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve adjusted these iOS 15 Safari settings, you’ll be back to the previous browsing layout you know and love. You can also learn how to customize the Safari Start page to show the information you need.
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How do I send a web page by email? The usual way to share a website with someone else is to send them the URL, but Safari has a better way: emailing the whole page.
The screenshots here were taken in Safari 13.
Send a Whole Web Page in an Email
You can send a page along with a note to any recipient.
Select File > Share > Email This Page, or press Command + I.
Alternatively, select Share in the Safari toolbar. It looks like a page with an arrow pointing up.
Select Email This Page from the popup menu.
Safari will send the page to Mail, which will open a new message that contains the web page. Add a note if you like by clicking inside the top of the message.
Enter the email address of the recipient and select Send.
Send a Reader, Web Page, PDF, or Link Instead
Sometimes, sending a web page in Mail with all of the associated HTML code can be problematic for the receiver. They might have their email client set not to show HTML messages because these are common indicators of spam or phishing, or a method of distributing malware. Or they simply just don’t want HTML messages.
If your recipients fall into the above category, send a link instead of the whole web page. When the Mail app opens a new message, look for the popup menu on the right-hand side of the message header with Send Web Content As. You can select from:
- Reader – this will send the web page while stripping out most ad content. The email message will also have the web page URL included.
- Web Page – This is the default setting; it will send the web page as \presented in the Safari web browser. You may notice it is not an exact match. While Safari and Mail use the same rendering engine, the mail app may not display the same because the Mail window is a different size. Itwillalsoincludethe web page URL within the message.
- PDF – Mail will save the web page as a PDF that is attached to the email message. It will also include a link to the web page.
- Link Only – The message body will only include a link to the web page.
Not every version of the Mail app will have the above options available. If the version of Mail you are using lacks the Send Web Content As menu, you can use the following options to send only a link:
Send Just a Link Instead
Depending on your version of Safari, select File > Mail Link to This Page, or press Command + Shift + i. Add a note to your message, enter the email address of the recipient, and select Send.
If you’re using OS X Lion or later, the File menu might lack the Mail Link to This Page item. Although Safari still has this capability, it’s just not on the list anymore. So, no matter which version of Safari you’re using, you can send a link to the Mail application by using the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + I.
Mail Message Subject
When Mail opens a new message using Safari’s Email a Web Page option, it prefills the subject line with the web page’s title. You can edit the subject line to create something a bit more meaningful. In many cases, just going with the original web page title may look a bit spammy and cause the recipient’s mail system to flag the message.
For the same reason, try not to use a subject such as “Look what I found” or “Came across this.” Those are likely to be red flags to spam-detection systems.
Printing a Web Page
Another option for sharing a web page is to print the page and share it the old-fashioned way: by handing the page out. This might be a better choice for sharing in a business meeting.
You can delete specific pages from the history list in the Safari web browser in macOS. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to doing this.
When you visit a website, Safari (and other browsers) logs your visit in the browser history. It also saves elements like the page’s URL, text, images, and lists of IP addresses in the browser cache. The advantage of this is that it makes loading times faster when you revisit the website.
Deleting specific pages from Safari history will speed things up slightly. However, there are two caveats. One: deleting all or parts of your Safari history will make it disappear on all of your connected devices. Two: Clearing your Safari history still leaves the cache taking up disk space., you’ll need to delete your Safari cache separately on each device. More on this later.
To delete specific pages/sites from Safari, launch the app and Select Show All History in the History menu.
Find the page you want to remove.
Hold down the Control key while pressing the mouse.
Choose Delete from the contextual drop-down menu. You can also right-click on an entry and select Delete.
As mentioned, the caches of any websites you’ve deleted are still around and taking up space. So what is cache?
Here’s a thorough explanation from myFSU:
“Browser cache or temporary Internet files are a way that browsers download website images, data, and documents for faster viewing in the future. By keeping a local copy of some website information, your browser will be able to load at least some information from each page you have visited without downloading that information again from the server. This can decrease the time it takes to load a webpage. The downside is that the information on a website may have changed while your browser loads an older version. It is recommended that you clear your browser cache every few weeks to keep it running efficiently. You may want to configure your browser’s settings to delete or remove your browser’s cache upon closing or exiting the browser window.”
Still want to delete a webpages’s cache? Here’s how to do it on your Mac:
Launch Safari and click Preferences.
Go to the Privacy tab
Click on the Manage Website Data button.
You’ll see a window that lists all the websites for which Safari is storing your cache, cookies, and other types of data.
You can delete all of them by clicking on the Remove All button, or you can select specific websites and click on the Remove button instead
Remember: Safari will slow down when visiting a webpage with a deleted cache.
Do you have any tips or tricks for using Safari? Share in the comment
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If you’re running iOS 14 or later, Safari now comes with a translation feature baked into the browser, making it easier than ever to translate a web page on iPhone. Once activated, text is translated in-line on the webpage that you’re viewing. It’s a handy tool if you want to read websites that are written in different languages, and it’s available right in the address bar in Safari.
If you’re on iOS 13 and earlier, you can use Microsoft’s Translator app and its extension to quickly translate web pages that you visit into your native language. Microsoft Translator is a universal app for iPhone and iPad, and can be downloaded from the App Store for free.
Here’s how you can translate web pages in Safari on iPhone and iPad.
How to translate a web page on iPhone in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
In iOS 14, the ability to translate a web page’s language to your native language is now a built-in part of Safari. As such, you no longer need a third-party app to translate. Here’s how to use built-in language translation in Safari in iOS 14.
Tap the action button on the left side of the address bar while visiting a site that you need to translate. The button looks like two A’s next to each other.
Tap Translate to [Your Device Language].
Your page will then be translated into the primary language that you’ve set on your device. If you want to revert back to the page’s original language, take the following steps.
Tap the translate button in the Safari address bar. It takes the place of the standard action button on the left side of the address bar.
Tap View Original.
The page will revert to its original language.
How to activate the Microsoft Translator extension in Safari
If you’re running a version of iOS 13 or earlier on your device, then a third-party app with a translation extension is what you’ll want to use. Microsoft’s Translator extension is an excellent tool for the task, as it translates the web page in place when activated.
Microsoft Translator is a great third-party solution for translating web pages, and its translations take place in-line on the web, rather than taking you to another, translated version of the page like some other apps.
Once you’ve got it downloaded, you can set up the action extension for translation web pages.
- Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
- While viewing a web page, tap the share button.
Scroll to the left on the bottom row of icons.
How to translate a web page on iPhone with Microsoft Translator
Now that you have the app installed, you can use it in Safari from the share menu.
Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
Head to the web page that you want to translate.
Tap the Microsoft Translator button. The extension will then translate the entire page for you.
If you have any further questions how to translate a web page on iPhone and iPad, let us know in the comments.
Updated September 2020: Added information instructions for the translation feature in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
A trip to preferences will tone down the design changes
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Apple has released a redesigned version of Safari for macOS Big Sur and Catalina. The update, announced as part of the upcoming macOS Monterey, was released the same day as iOS and iPadOS 15, bringing the web browser’s new look and features across Apple’s platforms.
To update to the new Safari 15, you can go to System Preferences > Software Update, where it should automatically refresh and show up. Unlike updates to macOS, you shouldn’t have to reboot your computer after updating Safari.
The development behind this version of Safari has been interesting. The full OS update that it was originally a part of, which also brings features like Universal Control and Quick Notes, isn’t here yet, but Apple decided to ship the new Safari anyway. For those who have upgraded to iOS 15, that’s a good thing — it means that you can immediately use tab groups across all your devices. The update also includes features like better tracking protection and automatic switching to HTTPS for sites that support it.
Apple’s original vision for Safari 15, which has been toned down slightly over the beta period. Image: Apple
While the Safari update brings new features, it also brings a new design. Apple’s made several changes to it since it was announced (though not as many as it’s made to Safari for iPhone), tweaking it to be less starkly minimal. Looks-wise, it’s still a major change from Safari 14, but there are preferences that you can tweak to walk back some of the more distracting changes. If you don’t want websites to be able to change the color of your tab bar, you can go to Safari’s preferences > Tabs, and uncheck “Show color in tab bar.” If you want your tabs to be on their own row, you can switch from Compact mode to Separate.
The “I prefer the old Safari” config.
Unchecking “Automatically collapse tab titles into icons” turns the tab bar into a sort of carousel when you have too many of them. I certainly don’t prefer it, but it’s an option if that’s your sort of thing.
Unchecking the “automatically collapse tab titles” box hides the true chaos.
While Safari 15 takes a bit to get used to (I’m still getting over the learning curve myself), Tab Groups is a great feature to share between my iPhone and computer. Safari 15 also comes with the usual host of security updates, though none seem too severe. After you update, be sure to let us know what you think of the new design — is it a breath of fresh air or just another refresh that you’ll grudgingly get used to?
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How to view the html page source of a website in Safari
This is a bit of an advanced tip for web developers. Safari used to have a menu item called ‘View Page Source’. If you selected this you could see the HTML code of the website you were viewing. This option has been removed from recent versions of Safari but you can re-enable it by turning on Safari’s Develop menu.
You can enable the extra menu in Safari by selecting ‘Preferences’ under Safari in the OS X menu bar and then under the ‘Advanced’ pane select the checkbox that says ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar.’
Now you will see the following extra menu in Safari:
This contains useful tools for developers.
‘Show Page Source’ will show you the HTML page source code.
You can also Empty Caches from here, and even trick a webpage into thinking you are using a different browser to see if it renders differently.
If you change your mind just type the same command into terminal but with a ‘0’ at the ned instead of the ‘1’.
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Don’t let Safari cut your URLs short.
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We want to help you master Safari. Cult of Mac’s Safari Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of Apple’s web browser on iOS and Mac.
Sometimes it’s handy to see complete URLs in Safari’s address bar, but they get shortened automatically for the sake of cleanliness. The good news is there is a way to prevent that from happening in macOS.
We’ll show you how in today’s Safari pro tip.
In the latest versions of Safari, you’ll see only a website’s name in the address bar. So, if you were to visit www.cultofmac.com/category/news, Safari will display only “cultofmac.com.” It doesn’t have to be that way.
On macOS, you can have Safari display full, unshortened URLs instead.
How to display complete URLs in Safari’s address bar
Simply follow these steps:
- Open Safari.
- Click Safari in the menu bar, then click Preferences…
- Under the Advanced tab, enable Show full website address.
Enable “Show full website address.”
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There’s only so much room in Safari’s address bar, so you may find that particularly long URLs still get cut — especially if you tend to use smaller Safari windows. But in most cases, you should now see complete URLs.
By default, macOS Safari only shows the domain name of the web site you are viewing. It does not show the full, complete url. For instance, when you visit https://macreports.com/disable-auto-play-videos-safari-macos/, Safari’s address bar will only show macreports.com, as you can see below:
You may want to change this setting for various reasons. For instance, you may want to know the exact url that you are visiting. Here is how you can change this setting:
Show full web site address in Safari
- Launch Safari
- Click the Safari menu
- Click Preferences
- Click the Advanced tab
- The first menu item is “Smart Search Field”. Then click to check the checkbox for “Show full website addresses”.
- Now you can close the preferences window.
Now you are seeing the full web site address.
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Didn’t work for me. Still cannot see it, even with restart.
Click on Aa option on Safari.
To change the placement of the URL or address bar on Safari on iOS 15, open the browser and go to any website. Click on the ‘Aa’ at the bottom left of the screen.
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iOS 15 is now available in India that brings a host of changes to iPhone models. Among the apps that Apple has been updated, the proprietary Safari browser is seeing some significant changes. One of the most noticeable upgrades is the placement of the URL or address bar at the bottom of the screen to allow swipe gestures (by default). Apple has also introduced ‘tab groups’ and Voice search to its Safari browser. Although these new changes aim to increase productivity, some users may prefer the old way for whatever reasons. Apple had said that the placement would help users as it easier access with one hand. Here’s how you can switch back to the old style of Safari.
To change the placement of the URL or address bar on Safari on iOS 15, open the browser and go to any website. Click on the ‘Aa’ at the bottom left of the screen and select ‘Show top address bar.’ However, old placement will not let users use swipe gestures to switch between apps or tab groups. The Voice Search option is available with both orientations. Apple iPhone users can again access the ‘show bottom tab bar’ by selecting the ‘Aa’ option. Users can also change orientation by heading to the Safari option with Settings. Go to Settings > Safari > Select between Tab Bar or Single Tab as per preferences.
Under this section, users will also get more options to manage privacy and security. Users can also set a time period for close tabs – after one day, after one week, and after one month. Apple iOS 15 still offers the close tab manually option. The new software also upgrades HTTPS automatically “whenever available.” iOS 15 is available on iPhone 6s and above. To check the availability, head to Settings > General > Software update. Readers can check all notable features here.
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You use Safari to get you to a website, but once you’re there, Apple’s browser has some more tricks for zeroing in on what you’re looking for. Here’s how to turn Safari from a passive display of information, to a helpful research tool.
So Google has just returned a list of websites, and underneath the top one you can see precisely the information you want. Or rather, you can see the start of it and have to click to get to the page to find the rest.
But then you’re on the page and for the life of you, you simply cannot find the same text that Google just showed you on the results page. Unfortunately, one possibility is that it isn’t there — Google may have shown you a cache of an older version of the page.
Even when it is there, though, it can be hard to spot because of the design of the page or because of the sheer tonnage of text to scroll through. That’s where the simplest and probably most overlooked Safari feature comes in.
As it happens, it’s mostly overlooked on the Mac. If there were an iOS feature we’d appreciate seeing borrowed by macOS, it would be On This Page.
Using On This Page on iOS
- Go to any site in Safari on iPhone or iPad
- Tap in the address bar as if you were about to go somewhere else
- Type a search term, but do not press Enter
- Swipe up from about midway down the screen to dismiss the keyboard
- Scroll down to the On This Page heading
If the search term you’re looking for is anywhere on that site’s current page, it will be listed along with how many times it’s there. If it isn’t on the page, the heading changes to On This Page (no matches), and you know to move on with your life.
How to search through the results on iOS
When there are one or more occurrences of your search term, you can tap on the line under the heading to go to the first of them. If you searched for the word “banana,” for instance, that line will read Find “bananas” and you can just tap on it.
Tapping this find line dismisses all the other search results, such as Bookmarks, and displays the page unfettered by anything but the title bar — and a new search bar. Plus the page will have been scrolled to where the first occurrence is.
What’s more, that first occurrence will be highlighted in yellow. Whether it’s the only one or there are many, though, there’s a bar at the foot of the screen giving you quick access to any others.
Left to right, this bottom bar begins with a Done button for when you’re finished. It then shows a magnifying glass, your search term, and a count of how many occurrences you’ve looked at.
Then there are also up and down arrows to step you through each occurrence. Each time you tap on an arrow, the page jumps to the next spot where your search term is, and again highlights it in yellow.
It’s fast and simple, but it gets missed because On This Page is usually hidden by the on-screen keyboard. Then when you’re using it, it’s spectacularly easy to tap in just the wrong place and dismiss the entire search.
To be fair, the Mac’s equivalent doesn’t go away quite so readily. It’s just otherwise exactly the same functionality — in a completely different place.
How to search within a site on the Mac
- In Safari on your Mac, go to a website
- Click Command-F, or
- Choose Edit, Find, Find. from the menus
- Type in a search term
On the Mac, the moment you’ve typed something that can be found on the page, the Mac highlights it immediately. It doesn’t wait.
It highlights the first occurrence in yellow — and all other occurrences in white. So you can scroll and see where they all are, or you can read the first and step through the rest one by one.
To step through, you use the arrow buttons on the search bar that you’ve just entered text into. Where the iPhone has those as up and down arrows, the Mac has them as left and right.
One oddity is that sometimes, depending on the website, Safari can get confused over which is the “first” occurrence of a search term. It will always highlight them all, but it can jump first to one that’s toward the end of the page.
Reading many search results
Since you are so clearly shown where each search result is, it would be great to be able to tab through them, but you can’t. Either you click the tiny arrows, or you scroll the page and read the white labels.
As soon as you click on any one of those labels, it and all others vanish immediately. So if, say, you want to select and copy multiple sections of the website page, you will have to repeat the search over and over.
The search bar remains on screen — in the current tab, not any of the others — so repeating the search means clicking back in it. The search term you typed will be highlighted, ready for you to replace it with something else, but you can just hit Return and Safari will re-highlight all the results.
Where the Mac wins
The Mac does react when you click in the address bar and it does offer you options, they just don’t include the On This Page feature. It would be great if it did, or if you could set it so that you saw search results as well as Favorites, or Frequently Visited, pages.
However, the Mac version of in-Safari searches does offer one more feature than the iOS one. On iOS, Safari shows you all occurrences of whatever you look for, wherever it is on the page — even if it’s within another word.
On the Mac, the same thing is the default, but you can change it at any time. Right next to where you type the search term, there’s a drop down menu. It defaults to Contains, but you can change it to Begins with.
Searching on Safari
It’s not as if there is an incredibly powerful regex-style search feature in Safari on either iOS or macOS. But the search feature is as simple as it is obscure.
Once you know it’s there, you will find yourself using it repeatedly. Although speaking of which, it would be handy to have a Unix- or Terminal-style ability to tap a key and be searching for the previous item you looked for, or the one before that, or before that.
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