Skip the tapping and typing with this brilliant iPad tip.
MacStories’s Federico Viticci has been working on an iPad for over a year, and he’s learned and developed a variety of wonderful tricks that I’ve quickly stolen for my own iPad usage. But there’s one in his latest iPad article that might be my favorite yet.
As part of iOS 9’s iPad multitasking additions, there’s an excellent tap-and-hold action available inside the Safari app (or the Safari View Controller inside a different third-party app). Here’s how to access it.
How to quickly copy a Safari URL on your iPad
There are a few ways to copy a Safari URL: You can tap the Share button and press Copy, or tap Safari’s navigation bar, highlight the URL, and copy it that way. But there’s a third way, using Safari’s navigation bar pop-up menu.
Choose Copy from the pop-up menu.
Safari will copy the URL to your clipboard.
How to quickly search in Safari on your iPad
Safari’s navigation bar has long had a search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo) built-in — just tap the bar, type your query, and hit return. But if you want to search based on text you’ve copied, it’s now even easier.
Copy the words you want to search for.Tap and hold on the Safari navigation bar.
Choose Paste and Search from the pop-up menu.
Safari will automatically search for the terms.
How to quickly launch URLs in Safari on your iPad
If you’ve copied a URL from another source and want to paste it into Safari, you can save yourself a couple of taps by using the navigation bar’s pop-up menu.
Copy the URL you want to go to.Tap and hold on the Safari navigation bar.
Choose Paste and Go from the pop-up menu.
Safari will automatically launch the webpage.
Other great iPad tips?
I’ve already started using these tricks while I work on my iPad Pro, but I’m sure there are undoubtedly others lurking about. Are there any great iPad workflows and tricks you’ve found? Let us know in the comments.