On my old MacBook Air and even on my brand new Retina MacBook Pro (which was set up as a new computer), if I open a new tab and quickly start typing a URL or search in the bar, Safari will sometimes truncate whatever it is I was typing and act as if I had pressed Return.

I believe this has something to do with the search suggestions/seek time for bookmarks but it happens stochastically so I can't determine the root cause.

  • is it possible that you unknowingly hit the return? I do that sometimes, and generate lots of typos :) – Ruskes Jul 4 '13 at 7:19
  • try this and remap your keyboard (just temporary) and reassign the return key to test the theory above :) doublecommand.sourceforge.net – Ruskes Jul 4 '13 at 7:28
  • It just happened again. It corresponds precisely with the lag in smart search (history/bookmark autocomplete + google search suggestions). I definitely did not press Return. – Nicolás Kim Jul 4 '13 at 8:10
  • I have the same problem! Even I thought it was just me accidentally hitting return, but I have a mechanical keyboard, so it can't be. – duci9y Jul 4 '13 at 9:27

This happens if you:

  1. have enabled Google as your default search engine

  2. have enabled Google Instant within your Google search settings

I have this same situation occur on my Chrome.

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    I've decided to disable Google Instant from Safari; this is done within Safari Preferences through the tab "Privacy". The last checkbox says "Prevent search engine from providing suggestions". – Nicolás Kim Jul 4 '13 at 14:23

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