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ElectricPotato

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I noticed the last update to Safari on the Mac broke the find (cmd-F) function when browsing in private mode. Find still works in normal mode. In private mode, invoking the find function from the menu or by keystroke results in the viewed page moving upward by an amount that appears equal to the height of the find bar that usually appears at the top of the page and no find bar is visible.

This is 100% reproducible on different Macs, both running Mojave 10.14.4 with Safari 12.1 (14607.1.40.1.4) with no extensions installed.

I have not found any reference to this issue in forums or Google.

Can anyone else reproduce this on their system with the same versions as above?
 

ElectricPotato

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It would take a matter of seconds to test this. If you are running the latest Mojave (10.14.4) and latest Safari (14607.1.40.1.4), just open a private window (shift-cmd-N), go to a web site and invoke find (cmd-F). If you see the find field in the upper right then you are not having the problem. If you see the image shift up a bit and no find field is visible then you have reproduced the problem. Reports of either outcome would be informative.

Pretty please?
[doublepost=1555170241][/doublepost]I isolated this a bit further:

If you open a new tab in private mode then find works.

If you open a new window (no tab bar) in private mode then find does not work.

If you open a tab then close the tab (no tab bar) then find works.

It looks like the UI gets confused if no tab bar was ever present in the private window.

For a normal window, find always works.

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A final note: since the exact sequence to reproduce this (new private window that never had tab bar displayed) is somewhat obscure, I can't say for sure that this does not occur on earlier Safari versions. The only two macs I have both are running the latest everything so that's all I can test and I only noticed this after the latest upgrades.
 
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chrfr

macrumors G5
Jul 11, 2009
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It would take a matter of seconds to test this. If you are running the latest Mojave (10.14.4) and latest Safari (14607.1.40.1.4), just open a private window (shift-cmd-N), go to a web site and invoke find (cmd-F). If you see the find field in the upper right then you are not having the problem. If you see the image shift up a bit and no find field is visible then you have reproduced the problem. Reports of either outcome would be informative.

Pretty please?
[doublepost=1555170241][/doublepost]I isolated this a bit further:

If you open a new tab in private mode then find works.

If you open a new window (no tab bar) in private mode then find does not work.

If you open a tab then close the tab (no tab bar) then find works.

It looks like the UI gets confused if no tab bar was ever present in the private window.

For a normal window, find always works.

--

A final note: since the exact sequence to reproduce this (new private window that never had tab bar displayed) is somewhat obscure, I can't say for sure that this does not occur on earlier Safari versions. The only two macs I have both are running the latest everything so that's all I can test and I only noticed this after the latest upgrades.
I cannot duplicate this using Safari 12.1 on 10.14.4.
 

ElectricPotato

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Dec 13, 2018
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Seattle
I cannot duplicate this using Safari 12.1 on 10.14.4.

Thank you for checking. I'm seeing it on both of my macs, so it is not a transient or local condition. There must be some subtle difference.

I got a further:

1. Shift-Cmd-N (open new private window)
2. Goto google.com in new private window
3. Cmd-F (find)

This results in no visible find field and the web page is shifted upward.

4. Cmd-T (open new tab in private window)
5. Select original tab with google.com

This displays the find field from step 3.

At least there is an easy work around (always open a tab to display tab bar).

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New test:

1. Shift-Cmd-N (open new private window)
2. From View Menu, select Show Tab Bar (bar with single tab displayed)
3. Goto google.com in new private window
4. Cmd-F (find)

This results in no visible find field and the web page is shifted upward.

5. Cmd-T (open new tab in private window)
6. Select original tab with google.com

This displays the find field from step 4.
 
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chrfr

macrumors G5
Jul 11, 2009
13,592
7,135
Thank you for checking. I'm seeing it on both of my macs, so it is not a transient or local condition. There must be some subtle difference.

I got a further:

1. Shift-Cmd-N (open new private window)
2. Goto google.com in new private window
3. Cmd-F (find)

This results in no visible find field and the web page is shifted upward.

4. Cmd-T (open new tab in private window)
5. Select original tab with google.com

This displays the find field from step 3.

At least there is an easy work around (always open a tab to display tab bar).

--

New test:

1. Shift-Cmd-N (open new private window)
2. From View Menu, select Show Tab Bar (bar with single tab displayed)
3. Goto google.com in new private window
4. Cmd-F (find)

This results in no visible find field and the web page is shifted upward.

5. Cmd-T (open new tab in private window)
6. Select original tab with google.com

This displays the find field from step 4.
I can't duplicate it this way either.
 
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