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Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?

2403 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2013 3:18 PM by Don H. RSS
Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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Nov 4, 2013 5:49 PM

Since installing Safari 7.0 under Maverick, a series of malfunctions now have appeared. 


For one, when highlighting some drop-down menus in webpages, the selection bar remains highlighted, but no drop-down menu appears.  I have to restart Safari to get it to work properly.


For another, the Find function does not seems to work for searching text within a webpage.  Pressing Command-F fails to produce the search bar.  And since there is no menubar option for Find, there is no menubar alternative.


Is this the best Apple can do?

iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 5:58 PM (in response to Don H.)

    I'm running v10.9 Mavericks and Safari 7 wtihout any issues using with searching using Command + F



    From your Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Advanced tab.


    Select:  Show Develop menu in menu bar


    Now click Develop from the menu bar. From the drop down menu click Empty Caches.


    Quit and relaunch Safari then try a search with Command + F

    Hang X with Mavericks!
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to Don H.)

    Don ..


    Maybe an incompatible extension ..


    From the Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Extensions tab.


    Turn that OFF, quit and relaunch Safari to test.


    If that helped, turn one extension on then quit and relaunch Safari to test until you find the incompatible extension then click uninstall.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,770 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to Don H.)
    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It’s unlikely to solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

    The purpose of the test is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party software that loads automatically at startup or login, by a peripheral device, or by corruption of certain system caches.


    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem. Note: If FileVault is enabled on some models, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Ask for further instructions.
    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including sound output and  Wi-Fi on certain models. The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.


    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?


    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of the test.
  • tiagofromsp Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2013 6:57 PM (in response to Don H.)

    I had this problem too and I just found the solution here:



    If you have once installed Glims you just have to remove it (It doesn't show with onther extensios in Safari's preference)


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