How to Search Tabs in Safari for Mac, iPad and iPhone (iOS)

By | February 24, 2019

When you work with tabs in Safari on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you know that many open tabs form a cluttered whole. It can take a while to quickly find an open website in the tabs. But it might be much quicker by searching the tabs that are opened in Safari.

It is important to know that searching in the opened Safari tabs only searches in the title and description of the opened webpages. It is not possible to search through the content of the website.

How to search tabs in Safari

Search opened Safari tabs on Mac

Open Safari, click on the double-block icon in the top right corner, this will open an overview of the open tabs in the Safari browser. On your keyboard press command + F, the Search Tabs field becomes visible, enter your search term to provide a search through the tabs.

If you want to search in websites then open the tab, navigate to the website and press the combination of command + F in Safari on a Mac, or on an iPad and iPhone you can use the search field at the top of Safari.

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Search tabs in Safari on iPad or iPhone

Open Safari. On iPad, tap the double-blocks in the right top corner and for iPhone tap on the bottom right corner.

You will now see an overview of the active tabs in the Safari browser on iOS.

The search bar on an iPad can be found in the top left corner of Safari. To enable the search bar on an iPhone, swipe down on an opened browser tab and the Safari search bar will become visible.

You can only search through the titles and descriptions of the websites, it is not possible to search through the content of the open Safari tabs.

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Tired of open browser tabs in Safari? Why not close all Safari tabs on iPad or iPhone at once?

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One thought on “How to Search Tabs in Safari for Mac, iPad and iPhone (iOS)

  1. AvatarPaul S.

    Thank you for this. I was completely unaware of how to get a find window without turning the iPhone sideways. DOH!

    Now I would like a way to search open tabs on my desktop Safari, and have been searching high and low for that.

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