macOS High Sierra

Go to websites

With Safari, it’s easy to get to the websites you want.

Open Safari for me

  • Go to a webpage: Enter the page’s name or URL in the Smart Search field, then pick a suggestion or press Return to perform a search.

    The Safari Smart Search field, where you can enter a page’s name or URL.
  • Go to a favorite website: Click in the Smart Search field to see your favorite websites, then click the website you want to visit. The Favorites view goes away if you start typing, and it doesn’t appear if you click the field while you’re viewing the Favorites page or viewing the Top Sites page.

    Tip: You can drag the icons to rearrange them.

    The Smart Search field; below it are icons of favorite websites.
  • Search: Enter a word or phrase in the Smart Search field. As you type, Safari Suggestions appear. You can either choose a suggestion or press Return to search for what you typed. For more information, see Find what you’re looking for.

    Ask Siri. Say something like: “Search the web for cat videos.” Learn more about Siri.

  • Hand off webpages between devices: Use Handoff to automatically pass the webpage you’re viewing between your Mac and iOS device. When your devices are near each other, a Safari Handoff icon appears on the left side of the Dock on your Mac or on the Lock screen on your iOS device. Click or swipe the icon to open Safari to the webpage you were viewing. (You can’t use Handoff to pass Private Browsing windows.)

  • Preview a webpage link: If your trackpad supports it, force click the link.

  • See where a link goes: Hold the pointer over a link to see the website URL in the status bar at the bottom of the window. If you don’t see the status bar, choose View > Show Status Bar.

    The pointer over a link on a webpage with the link URL shown in the status bar at the bottom of the window.