How to Perform a Quick Website Search in Safari

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    There are several ways to search the web in Apple's Safari browser. In this article, we're going to highlight a way of searching specific websites using a lesser-known Safari feature called Quick Website Search. The option is designed to work with sites that have a built-in search field, like the one you can find at the top of the main page at Here's how it works.


    Let's say you want to look up articles on MacRumors that mention device benchmarks. You might do this by typing "macrumors benchmarks" into Safari's address bar to get results from whichever search engine the browser is configured to use. If you're a bit more search savvy, you might even type "site: benchmarks" to limit the search to MacRumors. But ideally you'd just navigate to and use the search field provided at the top of the page.


    If you take the latter option and Quick Website Search is enabled, Safari will remember that you've used the MacRumors search field and offer to use it again in future searches that include the website's name. For example, if you typed "macrumors" followed by "deals" directly into Safari's address bar, you could tap the option Search for "deals" in the suggestions box, as shown above, and you'd get instant results from MacRumors' own on-site search function.

    How to Enable Quick Website Search in iOS

    The functionality of Quick Website Search depends on how a given site implements its search field, but we've found that it works with most popular websites that offer them, so it's worth making sure you have the feature enabled. To do this on iPhone and iPad, launch the Settings app, tap Safari -> Quick Website Search and slide the Quick Website Search toggle to the green ON position.


    Notice on this screen that you can also tap Edit to remove websites from the list of shortcuts that Safari automatically adds to whenever you use a site-specific search field.

    How to Enable Quick Website Search on Mac

    The feature works the same way in Safari for macOS. To see if it's enabled, select Safari -> Preferences... from the menu bar, choose the Search tab, and make sure the checkbox is ticked next to Enable Quick Website Search.


    Lastly, if you click the Manage Websites... button next to the checkbox, you can view Safari's list of website shortcuts, remove individual websites, or clear the list completely.

    Article Link: How to Perform a Quick Website Search in Safari
  2. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I love that Apple is doing everything they can to cut Google out of the search equation.
  3. jarule macrumors member


    Mar 18, 2014
    South, South Texas
    Great tip! Subtle features that are often overlooked.
  4. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Hmmm... Everything?
  5. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    List of sites that have this? Didn’t know it existed until now
  6. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    I think it will often work for any website that has a well-designed search function, so I think the "list" would be large. If you see in the Safari settings, it says, "Quick website search shortcuts are added automatically by searching within a website."
  7. linkmaster02 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Hold on, give me a few years to try out all 1.8 billion websites and I'll put a list together for you.
  8. loveandhavefun macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2014
    Billions of dollars are paid by Google to have their search default on Apple devices but apple don't mind that.

    I honestly think the heads of both companies secretly work together to give the illusion of choice to consumers and limit competition.
  9. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Well, aside from launching their own search engine. That is coming.
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    Why not take the money and simultaneously direct users elsewhere? Seems like a win-win. Google isn't going to lose that foothold no matter what.
  10. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    Your dog looks pleased.
  11. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    When using the Search Engine feature (Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing) to do a site-specific search, there should be no spaces after site: search term here

    Your instructions above show a space after site:, which is not valid.
  12. jozero macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2009
    Fantastic tip. Love these occasional articles on MacRumors.
  13. msephton macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cornwall, UK
    You can find Safari's store of Quick Website Search information on your system in /Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Safari/SearchDescriptions.plist

    Of course that will only include sites that you've visited since this feature was introduced in 2014.
  14. Defthand macrumors 65816

    Sep 1, 2010
    Careful what you wish for. While Google may be intrusive, Apple is controlling.
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    Keep the useful demos coming. I imagine they are probably ignored by the greater numbers of casual users who are more concerned about recreation and entertainment. It would be a delight if MacRumors had a sister site dedicated to productivity seekers… e.g. MacRumorsPro… focused on Apple’s pro level solutions and third party tools. The frivolous news about watchbands and emojis can be links in the margins.

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