I'm using the latest Safari but have noticed this in previous versions too.

When I'm on some page, http://example.com/page/111

And I'm trying to type and go to another page http://example.com/page/222

(i.e. I go to the search bar and start typing 222 instead of 111) and then press enter, the page either changes to 222, or returns to 111 (in which case the URL in the search bar changes back to 111).

It's absolutely random from my point of view, but maybe I'm doing something wrong, or have a wrong setting?

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    I've noticed this too, it happens in particular if I edit an URL and quickly press <kbd>enter</kbd> without waiting for the search suggestions to load first. Aug 22, 2019 at 6:43

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To me this sounds like Safari is just prompting you with a URL, either from your visited history or from popular web page URLs.

And, as it's doing this, if you press enter it's reading that as you accepting its suggestion, in which case it populates the address bar with that URL and takes you to that page.

However, on other occasions, you've typed enough of the URL for Safari to know you're entering something different, or you've typed the whole URL in which case pressing enter is telling Safari to visit the URL you've manually entered.

If this is the case, then it's not a bug, it's just that you need to get used to this behaviour. Evenso, I think we all get caught out sometimes, especially if we press enter at the wrong moment.

You can test for this by entering a URL slowly and watching the address bar - you'll see that it's suggesting a full URL path beyond the cursor and this suggested path will change depending on what you type, but if you press enter at any point Safari will interpret that as you wanting to go to the suggested path.

  • @MikDiet I completely second this!
    – Nimesh Neema
    Aug 1, 2019 at 11:53

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