All the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need for Safari on iPad

Safari on the Mac is almost entirely controllable by the
keyboard. You can open tabs, navigate forms on the page, and
search through pages. And even if there’s no built-in shortcut,
the Mac lets you add custom shortcuts to any menu item. The
iPad isn’t quite so well-served, but you’d be surprised at just
how many keyboard shortcuts there are for Safari on the iPad.
In fact, there are so many great shortcuts that you may even
forget you’re not using a Mac. Let’s take a look.

Navigation keyboard shortcuts for mobile Safari

Getting around mobile Safari with the keyboard is super-easy.
Here are the shortcuts:

  • ⌘T — Open new tab
  • ⌘W — Close tab
  • ⌘N — Open split view
  • ⇧⌘] and ⇧⌘[ or Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-⇧-Tab — Next/Previous Tab
  • Ctrl-⇧- — Show all tabs
  • ⌘[ and ⌘] or ⌘→ and ⌘← — Back/forward
  • Space bar — Scroll down a page (⇧-Space reverses the
  • ⌘↑ and ⌘↓ — Scroll to beginning/end of page
  • ←↑→↓ — Scroll web page (← and → work when zoomed in)

These all
come directly from the Mac. ⌘N — or Open split view
is the equivalent to opening a new window on the Mac. The
Show all tabs command also works on the Mac (give it a
try). This is the same as pinching-in on mobile Safari to show
the zoomed-out tab view. Once you get there, though, you’ll
have to take your fingers off the keyboard to tap one of those
mini windows. You can’t use the arrow keys, or the Tab key, to
cycle through them, which seems like an oversight. Hit Ctrl-⇧-
again, or the Escape key, to cancel this view.

Utility shortcuts

There are even shortcuts to activate the sidebar, and the tab overview.There are even shortcuts to activate the
sidebar, and the tab overview.
Photo: Cult of Mac

  • ⌘L ⌘L — Open location
  • ⌘F — Find in page
  • ⌘R — Reload page
  • ⌘ ⇧R — Show/hide Reader view
  • ⇧⌘L — Show/hide sidebar
  • ⇧⌘D — Add to Reading List

⌘L — open location — places a cursor
in the URL field, ready to type an address, or perform a
search. When you begin to type, Safari will pop up the usual
list of recent searches, search suggestions, as well as matches
from your bookmarks and history. You can choose any of these
using the arrow keys.

Find is as powerful on iOS as it is on the Mac.Find is as powerful on iOS as it is on the
Photo: Cult of Mac

in page — ⌘F — brings up a dedicated search bar at the bottom
of the screen. It’s the same one you’ll see if you go to the
trouble of searching in the page by tapping, only it’s a lot
easier to get to. You can also flip through the search results
using ⌘G and ⇧⌘G, stepping forward and back, with the page
scrolling to the highlighted text each time.

sidebar — ⇧⌘L — slides the combined bookmarks/history/Reading
pane out from the left side, and puts it back again.
Like the zoomed-out tab view, you’ll have to bust out a finger
to touch the screen if you want open any of those links. And
while regular bookmarking with ⌘D doesn’t work, ⇧⌘D
will save the current page to your Reading List.

What it doesn’t have

As well as
the lack of cursor-arrow control in the tab overview, and the
bookmark sidebar, mobile Safari doesn’t support opening
bookmarks in the bookmarks bar using ⌘1, ⌘2, etc., like the
Mac. Other than that, though, the iOS version of Safari has
some pretty comprehensive keyboard coverage. It’s more than
enough for the average user, and even the power user won’t feel
too frustrated.

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