Safari 6 (OS X Mountain Lion): Search the web

Search the web

For web searches, you use the unified address and search field at the top of the Safari window. You can choose which search engine performs your searches, for example, Google, Yahoo!, Bing, or Baidu.

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open.
  2. If you want to choose a different search engine, click the magnifying glass at the left end of the field, and then choose the search engine you want.

    You can also change the search engine in the General pane of Safari preferences.

    Search engine availability varies according to the region set in the Region pane of Language & Text preferences.

  3. To search for a word or phrase, type it in the address and search field.

    As you type, a list of suggestions based on what you’ve typed so far appears. The list includes search suggestions from the search engine, which is identified in the list. The list also includes web addresses drawn from your bookmarks and browsing history.

    To use the highlighted item in the list of suggestions, press Return. Otherwise, choose a different suggestion, or keep typing to refine the address or search.

  4. To repeat a previous search, delete all text in the address and search field, click the magnifying glass, and then choose the recent search you want.

The search engine updates its search suggestions and may log your typing each time you pause. If you don’t want the search engine to log your typing, choose Safari > Preferences, click Privacy, and turn on “Prevent search engine from providing suggestions.”

Last Modified: Aug 14, 2012

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