Bill writes: A few years ago you had a tip about how to search on a page you were viewing in Safari. Well I use that feature and recently it seems to have disappeared from the latest updates. Am I missing where it is hidden? Thanks.
Hi Bill! Yep, all the changes that come with a new version of iOS can be a bit overwhelming, particularly when it comes to last year’s jump from the old-style iOS 6 to the all-new iOS 7.
Now, I’m not sure which version of iOS you upgraded to iOS 8. If you were coming from iOS 6 or earlier, the way to search for words on a web page in Safari has changed significantly. If you’re coming from iOS 7, searching the current page in Safari is more or less the same, but it can still be a confusing process.
Back in earlier versions of iOS, Safari had a dedicated search box up at the top of the screen, just to the right of the main address bar.
If you typed in a search term, you’d see a list of matches on the current page, just below the list of possible Google search matches; you could then tap the word to cycle through the highlighted “hits” on the actual web page.
That changed a bit with the arrival of iOS 7, however. Now, instead of separate address and search boxes, Safari boasts a “unified” address and search form at the top of the screen. To search on the current web page, you’ll need tap the main address bar and type in a search term.
Now, that might seem a bit counterintuitive, given that tapping on a URL is usually what you do when you want to jump to a new web site, but that’s how it works.
What’s even more confusing is that if you search on a common word, your “on-this-page” search results may be buried way down at the bottom of the screen, well below Google search results and any matches from your Safari bookmarks and browsing history.
Indeed, if there are too many Google and bookmark/history matches, your search results for the current page may fall so far down the list that they’ll be hiding behind the keyboard. In that case, you’ll need to scroll down a bit until the keyboard disappears.
Once you finally track down your search results, just tap your search term to cycle through all the matches.
Hope that helps, Bill. Still have questions? Let me know!