Bay Mac’s Help Desk

With Steve Paris


Q: I have what feels like hundreds of tabs on my iPhone’s web browser… I don’t want to get rid of them but it’s becoming a nightmare trying to find the one I need. Should I change my browsing habits?

A: Not at all. Having many pages open in Safari doesn’t appear to slow down its performance in any way, so there’s no need to start closing all those tabs, unless of course you’re certain you no longer need them.

Looking through tabs though can be a bit of a pain, but Apple’s designers have considered that people might keep many pages open and have come up with an easy solution.

First, tap on the tab icon in Safari (the one located lower right of the screen). Next, you need to get back to the very first tab you opened. This might take a lot of scrolling, but there’s also a quicker route: tap at the top of the screen (near the screen’s edge) and Safari will scroll fast to your first tab. Once there, drag those tabs down further a little further – this reveals a search field.

That field helps you look for words used in the pages’ titles. You cannot search inside the pages themselves, but it should narrow down your search and help you look for what you’re looking for in most cases.

Steve is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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