How do make Safari address bar a search bar?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    there is one thing stopping me from using Safari at the moment. The lack of address bar acting as a google search. Is there a hack/plugin to make it possible. I have come across keywurl plugin but it seems to be unsupported with the latest safari 5.

    Are there any other solutions to make it happen and make me one happy camper?

    Cheers
     
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    mojohanna

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    Do you have something against using the google search bar that can be located right next to the address bar?

    Not trying to be a smarta**, just asking the question.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nothing. Just want to be as comfortable while browsing as possible. When you hit cmd+ t to open new tab, the address bar is active by default so it involves me to either hit tab or use mouse to switch which is annoying as all other browsers offers this feature.

    In other words I want to use Apple Safari but don't want to compromise any features offered by others I find useful.

    Is that good enough?
     
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    ZipOnTrousers

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    If you just press command t then tab it gets you to the search bar. So no need to get the mouse involved. I'll see if I can find any plugins but none that I've heard of spring to mind.

    Thanks
    Zip

    EDIT: Keywurl seems to do what you require http://alexstaubo.github.com/keywurl/
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I guess you have not read my initial post or the last one for that instance. I know of a keywurl but it is not support by Safari 5 and as to the, also mentioned by me, tab function it is not the what I am looking for.

    This is forum, I want to find solution to a problem not an alternative.
     
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    Thank you guys for ur input. Will keep you updated.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    here is a solution: when you Command+T extend your pinky finger and hit tab.

    this is possible to do in one motion and its very simple to do.

    Zip answered your question the first time.
     
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    wait...what is the reason we are not just using chrome here again??
     
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    Plug-in system is glitchy and it freezes the entire browser after a while on MR's Forum Spy. Those are my reasons at least.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    In my experience as well as working with a bunch of IT clients who are all on macs, Safari freezes, requires a force quit much more often, and is less compatible with the web in general when compared with Chrome. But, to each his own.

    At least for me though, command+L takes me right to the google search.

    Best of luck with your search.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    How does extending my pinky give me a drop down of a mix of matching history and suggested search terms plus search generated URLs like Chrome does? Why do I have to modify my habits to use a tool that is lacking common features? Why mock someone's question because they wonder why so many similar tools offer this useful feature but Safari does not?

    I just downloaded Safari today because of the great color management and this question was my first search. Is this indicative of what I have to look forward to?
     
  14. macrumors member

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    Sorry to bring up an extremely old thread; but I'm having difficulty with using the address bar as the search bar as well. Just wondering does anyone actually have a ready-solution to bypass this border?

    For those of you saying it's just extending your little pinky out and tapping 'tab', when you do this 100 times (which I normally do in a day, new tab then type whatever I want to look for in Google Chrome), it REALLY becomes a hassle. No joke.

    The only thing that is stopping me from fulling transitioning well into Safari is this. If it gets resolve it will enhance my surfing experience so much more.

    That being said, I love what Safari has to offer - stability, no bugs/fixes required, heck, even additional plugins just to fix some internal loopholes like some other browsers out there. Hopefully someone out there has a solution and sees this. Thanks!
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I think you're looking for safari omnibar extension.
     
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    Great, thanks a lot! :)
     
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    Yeah this is it. Incredibly easy to install and works great. Only it's not a Safari extension. It's a plugin you have to install since I don't think Apple allows much customization of Safari with extensions.

    But I think Apple should just just merge the address and the search bar together. It doesn't make any sense having them separate.
     
  18. jrws, Jul 15, 2012
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    @Cudo

    I share with you the complaint about Safari's address bar/search bear isolation, and your frustration with people who offer other workarounds when your OP clearly states you are aware of other ways to do use Safari for web search and that you specifically are looking for a plugin or plist-type hack. :confused:

    As Trance and other's have stated, the a SIMBL plugin called omnibar should do the trick. I also prefer os x daily's article on it, as it also includes instructions on removing it if it isn't what you are after:
    http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/05/safari-omnibar-combine-safari-url-and-search-bar/ or http://www.delicious.com/jaronsampson/safari+omnibar if that link gets moved.

    Enjoy, Jaron

    p.s. As to the why it is the way it is what it is: IE and Chrome have integrated web protocol address routing misses with web search because both are built by companies with major search revenues. Mozilla makes most of its revenues through sharing these revenues, mostly with google (https://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2007/10/22/beyond-sustainability/). Since Apple has no search product of their own, I do not see it in Apple's best interest to help two of their biggest competitors, so despite it being a UX PITA, I doubt they will change it themselves. To Apple's credit, although this in general runs counter to their generally excellent software user experiences, and besides protecting their company financials, they are actually keeping Safari simpler and therefore your whole OS safer for us. The proliferation of toolbars and other, mostly unregulated, browser extensions and plug-ins have sometimes introduced additional attack vectors for nefarious forces.

    I use Chrome more often than Safari myself, as with Chrome I felt they have done what good software companies do (which I consider Apple to usually be), and put user experience and adoption ahead of revenue streams for the software product (a la Facebook). On the other hand, the meme that Google wants to "do no evil" is really just PR spin. In business partnerships they play the part of a 900 pound gorilla, and there is ample other evidence that they put the bottom-line first. Like all corporations, they are legally bound to do so. Here is the latest news I have seen, but there are many other stories which demonstrate the same contradictions between public image and corporate actions: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/0...-google-225-million-over-safari-privacy-abuse
     
  19. macrumors 68000

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    Safari 6 fixes this issue ;)
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    I wrote the former blog post and I ought to mention that it doesn't work for Safari 6.
     
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