7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2013 3:18 PM by Don H.
Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

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)
  • 1. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (89,580 points)

    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

  • 2. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    I wish this would have solved the problem.  But I followed your instructions, and it did not make the Find function work.  Are there other tricks that might work? 

  • 3. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (89,580 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    I did what you proposed.  And for good measure, I also emptied the caches prior to quitting and relaunching Safari.  But no success.  For the test, I tried Find on both a Wikipedia webpage and a New York Times webpage.  No success on either.

     

    Any reason to suppose that trashing the plist might help?  Or doing a Safe Restart, just to see if it makes a difference? 

     

    Oddly, I just booted up Firefox, open the same webpages, and tried the Find function in Firefox, and it does not function either -- neither with the keyboard command, nor with Find from the menubar.  Other Command-key functions work properly (e.g., Copy / paste).

     

    This seems very strange.

     

    My other desktop Mac, identical except that I have not upgraded to Maverick / Safari 7.0, works just fine on all this.

  • 5. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,820 points)
    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.
  • 6. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    tiagofromsp Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

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

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5469519

     

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

  • 7. Re: Why doesn't the Find function work in Safari?
    Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    I followed your suggestion and did a Safe Boot, then tested Safari's Find function, and it worked as it should.  Then I restarted my Mac, and sure enough, Safari's Finmd function once again would not work.  Figuring I had nothing to lose by it, I followed the suggestion of others and did the Uninstall of Glims.  I had not recollection of ever installing Glims, but what the heck.

     

    And that did the trick.  As soon as the Glims uninstall was done, and I restarted Safari, the Find function returned.

     

    Problem solved.  My ample thanks to you and others who pointed me toward the solution.