How to search for text within a web page in Safari Mac

Searching for a word on Safari Mac is a breeze. To find a specific word, all you have to do is hit the right keys on the keyboard. When you want to locate text on a webpage, press the Command and F keys simultaneously. Or, you can move to an additional fast browser like Kingpin since Safari on Mac gets unresponsive pretty often and you lose all the data you rummaged for.

We’ve all been there. Reading up whole paragraphs and pages looking for a word, a phrase, an important sentence when accidentally the browser starts acting up. You’ve got a presentation and need specific terminology. Or, you are writing a paper and now you’ve got to scan through web pages written in tiny fonts to find out a tiny quote. However, there are ways to find all text – words, names, titles, quotations, measurements, and numbers easily. Anything you can type, you can find.

Here’s how to find a piece of text within a webpage on Safari Mac:

#1.  Search the webpage you are currently visiting from the Edit menu

When you need to find something on your current page, do the following. First, go to the Edit menu on the top. Next, scroll down to the Find menu. A list will slide out. Go to the Find option on this list and click on it. The Search box will get displayed. Fill in your text and hit enter. If it’s a word, it will be highlighted wherever it occurs on the page.

Edit > Find > Find > Type text

To go to the next search text, delete the first one in the box and type the new words and hit enter again. At the end of it all, click on Done to close the search box on the web page.

#2. Use Command + F to locate text

To quickly find words, hold down the Command button and press F. This will open the Find box and you can do your searching. This shortcut is perhaps the fastest way to go to the word you are looking for. Type a letter you want to see and it will get highlighted.

Command + F > type text

Using this Find dialog box, you can also go through your recent researches.

There are two arrows to take you left and right to show you all the up to date searches. You can further modify your search.

Use the menu inside the dialog box. For instance, you can set it to search texts beginning with certain words or those that contain them. For instance, if you want to find words beginning with ‘book’, it may display ‘bookshelf’, ‘bookshop’ etc, if they are present on the webpage.

#3. Switch to a different browser

All your efforts will come to naught if Safari turns unresponsive. And the browser does go unresponsive more frequently than you like. It is one of the enduring glitches that plague Safari. Freezing, running slow, or crashing is not what you hope to encounter when searching for important texts on a webpage. That’s why you need a more reliable browser like Kingpin which is as fast as Safari and comes with a default private browsing mode.

The benefit is you can work without the distraction of ads. Furthermore, Kingpin doesn’t allow extensions, caches, and cookies – things that slow down a browser. So no matter what text search you are performing, with Kingpin, you can avoid crashes and loss of data.

#4. Go over the last search results once again

If you need the last search result once more, there is no need to type it all over again. When browsing on Safari, go to the Smart Search field and remove anything you might have typed. Then, click on the magnifying glass icon. This will display the complete list of all search terms recently entered. Select an item from the search history and see the results

Safari > Smart Search > Delete text > Magnifying glass icon > History > Search results Snapback

#5. Look for text in a website you most recently visited

What if the text you need is not there on your current webpage but on the last one you visited? Should you abandon the search midway or leave the page, look up history, open recent tabs, and look for the URL? No.

You click on the magnifying glass icon. Here, input the name of the site and type the search term after it. And hit enter. Safari on Mac will display the results to you. Safari expands the range of searches and helps you look for target texts.

#6. Look up words on iOS

If you need to find texts on your iPhone or iPad, here’s a simple way of doing just that. Launch Safari on iOS and go to the page where you want to perform the search. Tap on the Address bar and input the text you want to search. The On this Page tile contains the results. Below that you will find a list of other suitable matches. Touch the ‘Find (your term) button. Safari points you to the first location of the term and thereafter you can use arrows to go up and down on more instances of the term.

Safari > Webpage > Address bar > Term > On this Page > Find (term)

Summing up

Locating a text on a webpage on either Safari on Macbook or iOS is a small matter. There are many ways to go about it. From keyboard shortcuts to menus within the search box, Mac users are spoilt for choice. The only hiccup is Safari’s performance itself with its tendency to lag or freeze. Hence, to bypass this flaw, you only need to switch to a different, additional browser like Kingpin that lets you search faster and locks up your tabs. So, Command + F is your way to finding every word you need on a webpage on your Macbook.