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The bookmark search bar for my iPad Air 2's in Safari to date, has never found or even suggested a single bookmark!

In Safari, open Bookmarks (on the upper left, the icon is shaped like an open book), at the top of your list of bookmarks is a searchbar to search all those bookmarks for a specific bookmark. Mine as never found even one bookmark, including the bookmark directly under that searchbar. Why is this so? Is it possible that I am using it incorrectly? Even when I type the name of the bookmark exactly as it is written below, this search feature cannot find any bookmark! Phooey on Safari and ??!

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No, bookmark is not that icon. To retrieve your bookmark It is the plus sign ( + ) on the top of the right corner.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017

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    Lacemaker427, OH May 07, 2017

    NOT SOLVED! Please allow me to try to explain the issue I'm experiencing, and perhaps someone will have a solution for me.

    The "+" on the upper right that Thanh referred to simply opens a blank Safari tab, not a LIST of bookmarks down the left side of the screen with a search field at te top. If you have saved any bookmarks in the Favorites folder on the left, when you type '+," they will show up on every new blank Safari screen you open, and they appear as 1/2" square boxes with the name of the bookmark below the box, just as you wrote it when you saved it. That is NOT what I was referring to.

    If you touch the open book icon on the upper LEFT side of the Safari screen, you will see down the left side of the screen a list of bookmark folders that house your saved bookmarks. If you never created folders to organize your bookmarks, obviously, there will be only the individual bookmarks flowing down the left side of the Safari screen, not bookmarks organized into folders. I hope that's clear. If not, write again, and I will happily give it another shot.

    At the very top of that list of bookmarks on the LEFT side of the Safari screen is a search field. You will need to "pull down" the bookmark list for it to appear. That search field has a tiny icon in it that looks like a magnifying glass, and also inside that field following the magnifying glass is the word "Search." If you tap inside that field, you can type into it. That is the search field I was referring to in my original comment.

    Typing a word (or words) into that search field has never yielded ANY response, correct or otherwise. I have tried typing a bookmark's exact name, part of a bookmark's name, and also a collection of subject words that describe the bookmark I am seeking, words that are actually found in the bookmark's text itself. In fact, when I BEGIN TO TYPE any of these words into the search field, the entire list of bookmarks that had been below it disappear, and the area where they had been becomes totally blank. That said, it makes sense that it can't find the bookmark, as it isn't listed there anymore. They aren't actually GONE gone, they are just hidden at that moment.

    I tried creating a bookmark called "Mountain Lakes" just as a test. I placed that "test" bookmark (it's not in a folder), at the very top of the user-added bookmark folders. Above it are only the "Favorites" and "History" lines which are unremovable, grayed-out lines that are part of Apple's programming of the iPad. Even though that "test" bookmark is the absolute top bookmark of my bookmarks list, the search feature could not find it.

    Either the search field is faulty, or I am missing some crucial bit of knowledge to make it work. As it is, of course, it is of absolutely no use to me. I hope someone has had success with this search function and can tell me what I'm missing. Right now, I remain frustrated!

  • Thanh Truong May 08, 2017

    Hi lacemaker427 . Sorry I did not carefully read what exactly you facing with the issue and now I have read your explain. You did go a great length to express yourself and I feel for you . I admire your wanting to learn.
    From what I experience with that (search bar) mainly try to retrieve your personal bookmarks. I assume that you know how to bookmark the page that you want to keep into certain location such as a favourites , add bookmark or new file .(One more thing I like to mention here is that don't be afraid to try and experiment yourself with the screen . Because One touch on the icon and second touch with the same icon . The screen changes differently )
    The search bar that you mentioned only appears below History . You probably notice that on the left hand side of a word History , there is an word ALL . IF you touch ALL. The search bar disappears . now there is the whole list of your bookmark files appear . Hope this helps you to start finding your own solution.
    Best wishes

  • Lacemaker427, OH
    Lacemaker427, OH May 15, 2017

    Apparently, we are looking at 2 very different screens, because mine is not at all set up like yours. I appreciate that you want to help me, but since we see different things, I doubt this will conclude well.

    On my iPad Air 2, the search bar is at the absolute top of the Bookmarks dropdown. Below it are Favorites, then History, and below that, is my first bookmark folder, followed obviously by the rest of my bookmark folders. There is no "ALL" anywhere in this bookmark dropdown. Thank you anyway.

    Perhaps someone else who sees what I see can assist me, or at least tell me that they are having the same experience.



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