Search on iPad with Spotlight on iOS

Several months ago I wrote an article about how to search on iPad. It mainly referred to iOS 6.
The main benefits of searching your iPad with iOS 7, 8 or 9 remain the same. With iOS 7, 8 and 9, you are able to locate things quickly and easily, whether it’s an App, a contact, song, email, book or appointment.


There is a subtle change though and it boils down to how to access Spotlight (the search utility)

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Safari search in page

There is so much information on the Internet and that is one of the reasons why we rely on search engines such as Google or Bing to help us find what we need. But once we get to that particular website, sometimes we want to narrow down our search even further and search for a specific word or phrase without having to read all the content on the page.

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Using a web browser like Safari on a Mac or Windows computer we can do this by pressing

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How to Search on iPad

It is probably one of the least known and used features of iOS on iPad. It is very simple to use, yet very powerful. As time goes by and the amount of Apps, appointments, contacts and information in general increases on the tablet, many people struggle finding what they are looking for.

If you own a Mac, you might be familiar with a search utility called Spotlight. The good news is that Spotlight is also available on your iPad.
Spotlight is great because it searches through your reminders, emails, messages, contacts, Apps, music, calendar (events), notes and the Internet (provided you are connected).

Ever been scrolling through iPad pages trying to find that App you downloaded 2 weeks ago? Not sure when that doctor’s appointment is?

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