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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The easiest way to use Safari's new search feature!

This tip works with both OS X Leopard and Tiger. Safari 3 is required with Tiger though. In previous versions of Safari and in other browsers such as Camino and Firefox, when you bring up the Find window with "Command - F", you can then get rid of it by hitting "Esc". The new improved Find in Safari 3 doesn't work in the same way. It is much better than before, really highlighting what you are looking for, but at first glance, there is no way to get rid of it quickly. There is a shortcut however. It is "Shift - Command - F". It will instantly hide the search field.

Edit: Weird, "Esc" didn't work for me at first, but after people start posting about it in the comments, I tried it again and it worked. I guess I can add more to this tip. There are other shortcuts. When you do the search, the first result will be highlighted in yellow. All the other results are in white. If you want to see the next one more clearly, you can use "Command - G" to highlight the next one in yellow. "Shift - Command - G" will move backwards.


Blogger Sam said...

Esc works for me. I use Safari 3.

November 28, 2007 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Breno Neri said...

Esc works for me too

November 28, 2007 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger M.Fernandez said...

hitting enter also cycles through the highlights in yellow

November 28, 2007 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

u can click anywhere on the page to get out of it as well as hitting esc

November 28, 2007 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Omer Zach said...

@hunter: Clicking anywhere on the page doesn't close the find bar at the top of the window though.

November 28, 2007 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger CS said...

To highlight the results yellow in consecutive order you can just press Enter, too

November 29, 2007 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger niguli said...

esc works for me too...

November 29, 2007 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Nathaniel said...

Esc. works for me. I'm using Safari 3.0.4 on Tiger.

November 29, 2007 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Roel Van Gils said...

Strange: for me, Esc doesn't work! I'm using Safari 3 on Leopard.

November 29, 2007 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"but at first glance, there is no way to get rid of it quickly." There's a "done" button right there next to the search box...

November 29, 2007 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...


Yeah, but that requires a mouse click. Using the mouse is not quick.

November 29, 2007 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mariusk said...

Also, when you've made a search, and closed it, you can still use Command-G to highlight the search phrase without the page "fading out".

Don't know if it's a bug or a feature, but it works.

November 29, 2007 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Rien Coertjens said...

you can also use enter and (shift+)enter in stead of (shift+)command+G

November 29, 2007 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Rien Coertjens said...

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November 29, 2007 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Fleminator said...

what happened to the orange highlight? The last time I tried searching, the yellow highlighter was orange and had a cool border. I guess the did away with it in the last update.

November 29, 2007 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

esc works

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