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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut Web Browsers
Before Safari 6, you could navigate to a URL with having to type ".com". The same can be done in Safari 6 with one extra keystroke.

Entering "apple" in the location bar of Safari 6 will yield you Google search results for those terms. However, including a trailing slash will cause Safari to add the .com TLD to a logical location in the address, and take you to that URL. So, "apple/" will take you to apple.com.

[kirkmc adds: This is fine, if you're trying to get to .com sites. If you're in a country and want to get to local sites, it won't help you. It's worth noting that you can enter any number of slashes and still get this to work.]

Update: As per a comment below, here's how to make it work when you type a /. For example, if you type "apple/ipod/" Safari will go to www.apple.com/ipod, if you do the following. Go to System Preferences > Network, click on Advanced, then DNS. In the Search Domains section, click on + and add .com. Click on OK, then on Apply.
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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: seika7 on Sep 25, '12 08:08:02AM

Thank you!



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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: fferitt25 on Sep 25, '12 09:28:55AM

From an iPad running iOS 6:
I simply typed 'apple' in the URL bar (not the search field and no slash or '.com' at the end) cleared out any auto-complete and it resolved it to www.apple.com

Granted when I tested that - I did have apple.com already cached in the history.

But trying several other Sites that I had not been to yet (all ending in '.com') had the same results.


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BUT - this IS NOT a new iOS 6 specific ability.

First this has been implemented in the standard Mac OS Safari versions from the beginning. Apple even noted it as a Safari Feature for a short time.

Second - my old iPhone 3G running iOS 4.0 and Safari ver. 4.0.5 also has the same results on various URLs.

Edited on Sep 25, '12 09:30:20AM by fferitt25



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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: kirkmc on Sep 25, '12 09:33:59AM

This is Safari 6 on OS X, not iOS.

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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: Unsoluble on Sep 25, '12 12:06:12PM

This has been present in Safari for OS X for quite a while; typing apple/ipod directly into the URL bar resolves to www.apple.com/ipod. Definitely did so in Safari 5, and I think it worked in 4 as well. (Although I do appreciate the nuance in the hint with respect for the difference between typing "apple" in 5 and getting redirected to www.apple.com, and typing "apple" in 6 and getting search results instead.)

Edited on Sep 25, '12 12:07:57PM by Unsoluble



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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Sep 27, '12 04:37:29PM

The point that seems to be getting missed is that Mac OS X Safari 6 and above have a combined search/address field, and so while typing something in this field, for example "apple" would be resolved by Safari to "http://www.apple.com/" in previous versions, it now defaults to assuming that you want to search Google (or your preferred search service) for the term "apple". Adding the slash seems to tell Safari not to make that assumption, and at least for some people, this results in Safari falling back to what seems like the old behavior.

Honestly, I wouldn't rule out that what's really happening is that Safari is defaulting to one of the other possible items in the drop-down suggestion list, perhaps from the user's history or bookmarks? I did notice that before adding the slash, there is an item near the bottom of this suggestion list offering to "Go to Site 'apple'" that disappears once the slash is typed (so maybe this is an officially supported feature?) Given that nobody really understands why this is working for some (I think the DNS Search Domains setting is an unlikely explanation -- in my case nothing seems to need to be set there to make it work) maybe a warning along the lines of YMMV should be included above?



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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: hamz01 on Sep 25, '12 12:14:16PM
Additionally, getting to apple.com/mac can be done with apple/mac/
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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: kirkmc on Sep 25, '12 12:33:44PM

The original hint said that, but I couldn't get it to work, so I dropped that part. I wonder why it's not working for me, and working for others...

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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: slb on Sep 25, '12 01:49:45PM

It's not working here either in Safari 6.0.1. The main hint works, this does not. Something missing here...



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Reason why it only half works...
Authored by: argh128 on Sep 25, '12 09:12:14PM

Note... This hint will only work if you have .com added as a search domain in the network control panel (under DNS).

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Reason why it only half works...
Authored by: Unsoluble on Sep 26, '12 09:59:55AM

This is not true; has always worked for me and all of the workstations I administer with no changes to the search domain field.



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Reason why it only half works...
Authored by: hamz01 on Sep 26, '12 11:06:24AM

My Search Domains has only cable.rcn.com listed.

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Reason why it only half works...
Authored by: ChipMck on Sep 27, '12 10:16:58AM

Ethernet and Wi-Fi have own Advanced --> DNS sections



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Safari 6 ".com" shortcut
Authored by: mcroft on Sep 25, '12 10:56:34PM
has anyone tried the mDNSresponder plist fix that's going around for SSH not honoring the search domains in 10.7 and 10.8? http://www.makingitscale.com/2011/broken-search-domain-resolution-in-osx-lion.html
Basically edit /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist to add “-AlwaysAppendSearchDomains” to the ProgramArguments Array block then restart the mDNSResponder launchd (or reboot)
It's working for subdomains for me, but I'm reluctant to put .com in my search domains...

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