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How to Use Quick Website Search in Safari on macOS

Safari Icon overlayed with a serach icon

In macOS Safari, you can enable Quick Website Search if you wish. Many websites offer their own integrated engine that allows you to search for content within the site itself.

This feature lets you search the contents of a single website, using that site’s own built-in search. You don’t have to visit the site and tap into its search bar. Safari provides shortcuts to these searches in some cases, allowing you to search said sites directly from the Smart Search Field. To see which sites your Safari installation currently supports for this feature, open Safari and choose Preferences in the drop-down menu at the top left of the screen.

Screenshot of Safari Preferences General Tab

Click Search and you’ll see several options, including a checkbox to enable or disable Quick Website Search.

Screenshot of Safari Preferences Search Tab

However, some sites don’t support this feature. To remove them from Quick Website Search, go to Safari’s preferences, then Search > Quick Website Search > Manage Website. From here, you can list which sites to exclude.

Screenshot of Safari Preferences Manage Websites
Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • Thanks for making me aware of this feature, and as I went through the steps to assure it was activated (it is) I’m not entirely sure how to target a search using it… The results I get on any search are most always a Wikipedia entry (that is enabled, yes) and then Google (also enabled) I have YouTube enabled as well but those results don’t “seem” to be apparent. I just wonder if I may be missing something, or is there a way I might test this more accurately?