Can someone tell me what is the keyboard shortcut for auto completing a URL in the safari address bar?

PS: Like in chrome or Firefox the keyboard shortcut is Control+return, Command+Return.

  • if it presents a list of possibles, down arrow.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 19:16
  • Are you saying this is not possible in Safari? :)
    – kishoredbn
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 21:38

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There IS a way - in Safari Version 10.0.3 at least.

Type a slash ("/") after the domain name. As in,


will resolve to www.semiconducted.com



When the list of suggestions comes up use the up/down arrow keys to scroll through the options. Press Enter to accept the currently highlighted option.

  • My work is such that everyday I visiti new sites, for references and most of them are not so popular enough that Safari can guess. (- 1, That should have been a comment.)
    – kishoredbn
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 4:47
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    Why a comment? Safari does not have a shortcut to add ".com". You asked for autocompletion and the answer is OK.
    – Matteo
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 6:11

command+return in Firefox is not really autocompletion: it just adds .com

From Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly: Miscellaneous

  • Complete .com Address: command + return
  • Complete .net Address: shift + return
  • Complete .org Address: command + shift + return

Safari does not offer this feature.

With the down arrow you can choose either

  • a suggestion from Google Search
  • or an entry from your browsing history and bookmarks

If you start to type anywhere you've ever been [assuming you don't delete your history] it will start to present a list of the most-used/most common possibilities.
Hitting Enter will go to the top hit; otherwise arrow down.

Otherwise, if there's nothing useful in history to auto-complete & you don't step down with the arrow key…

If it thinks it's a url it will automatically try .com first [& also it will test whether www. is needed, though that's less important these days]

If it can't completely figure out that what you're typing is a url it will send it to Google instead.

Based on my previous history, this is what happens as I slowly type 'apple.co.'

apple - [I spend a lot of time on Ask Different] ;)

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However, if I go off-piste & type something it doesn't have a hit for, like applez, it will switch to Google

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BTW, I have a lot of the 'pretty' icons & helpers switched off, in prefs.

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