Search Smarter With Safari 6 In Mountain Lion [OS X Tips]

Search Smarter With Safari 6 In Mountain Lion [OS X Tips]

The most noticeable change in the way Safari works in its latest version is in the way it allows you to search. Just like Google’s Chrome web browser, Safari now includes an integrated search in the previously URL-only address bar at the top of the browser.

There are some tricks to narrow down search results, as well as a couple neat ways to save specific searches for later use. Let’s check them out together, shall we?

First up, you can use standard search practices to hone in on specific things you’re searching for. If you’re looking for information about pugs, but only want adult pug info, you’d use a hypen to exclude words from the search, like: Pugs -puppies.

If you want to include all the words in your search, add quotes, like this: “pug puppies sale” and Safari will search Google for pages that include all those words, instead of for pages that have any combination of the three terms.

Furthermore, saving your search terms for later is easy, though not very intuitive. First up, create the search, using the modifiers as above if you like, and then hit the return/enter key. Your search will take place and the search terms will stay at the top of Safari. Drag the little picture of the magnifying glass to the left of the search terms to your Desktop, where a Safari icon will be created, thereby saving your search string. You can double click on this file later to perform the exact same search.

In addition, you can save the results page as a bookmark, too. Perform the search, then go to the Bookmarks menu. Choose Add Bookmark (or hit Command-D on your keyboard) and save it to a bookmarks folder, or even to the Bookmarks Bar for easy access later.

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  • Michael Kovach

    How do you go directly to a url without typing the .com like you used to be able to do? i.e. if I just type cultofmac it used to go to your website, but now I have to scroll all the way to the bottom and choose ‘go to site’

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