How to Do a Web Search in Safari - dummies

How to Do a Web Search in Safari

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Conducting a search with Safari on your iPad is quite simple. The figure shows a Google search about iPads on the iPad. The default search engine on the iPad is Google


Most people spend a lot of time using search engines on the Internet. And, the search engines we summon most often are Google, Yahoo!, or Microsoft’s Bing. So it goes on the iPad.

Although you can certainly use the virtual keyboard to type,, or in the Safari address field, Apple doesn’t require that tedious effort. Instead, you tap into Google, Yahoo!, or Bing by using the dedicated search box shown.

To conduct a web search on the topic of the iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the search field.

    A funny thing happens. The search field expands (as if Google, Yahoo!, or Bing expected you to enter more text than could fit in the field initially). At the same time, the address bar gets smaller and your ever-obedient virtual keyboard slides up from the bottom. The one that shows up now has a Search key.

  2. Enter your search term or phrase, and then tap the Search key to generate pages of results.

  3. Tap any search result that looks promising.

An iOS upgrade brought the ability to find a search word or phrase on the very web page you have opened on-screen. Just enter a search term in the search field as before. At the bottom of the search results list, tap On This Page.

You may have to scroll down the list to see On This Page. The first occurrence of your search term is highlighted. Tap the Next button at the lower-left corner of the screen to find the next match. Tap Next again for the match after that, and so on.