The complete user guide for The Magic Highlighter.
The Magic Highlighter is meant to help save you time while you browse the internet. In most cases, it should “just work”™ and won’t require any input. However, in some cases you may wish to add a highlighted term or phrase, toggle highlights, change highlight colors, and more – in which case the fastest way to interact with The Magic Highlighter is via its keyboard shortcut(s).
For help getting started with The Magic Highlighter, please visit the Getting Started guide.
The Magic Highlighter is a Safari Extension for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It installs like an app, but once you enable it, you can use Safari like you normally would. The Magic Highlighter will automatically highlight search terms and phrases on search result web pages.
The Magic Highlighter pays attention to search terms and phrases every time you search on Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Neeva, Brave Search, or Kagi.
When you click search result links, The Magic Highlighter will automatically highlight the terms and phrases you searched on the search result web page.
NOTE: you won’t see highlights on the list of search results – only on the actual search result pages (i.e. on the links you click through to).
The Magic Highlighter eliminates the need to smash ⌘-F (like a Neanderthal)!
Use the following keyboard shortcuts to control The Magic Highlighter (Mac and iPad only).
NOTE: there is technically only one keyboard shortcut for The Magic Highlighter (
⌘-Shift-F). This keyboard shortcut opens The Magic Highlighter’s Safari Extension popup menu. Once the Safari Extension popup menu is opened, you can interact with it via Keyboard Navigation (e.g.
F). However, there are a few functions which it makes sense to access quickly by triggering The Magic Highlighter’s keyboard shortcut, followed by a command. These combinations have been included in this list for reference.
Opens the popup.
NOTE: If no search terms or phrases are currently configured, a prompt to input text to “Find on page” will automatically appear. When this happens, just press ⌘-Shift-F, then type a phrase and press Return to highlight.
⌘-Shift-F + D,D,D...).
Toggles magic highlights (on/off).
NOTE: “magic highlights” are applied to search result links. Changes to this setting will be applied the next time you perform a search. Disabling magic highlights doesn’t disable The Magic Highlighter extension - it just prevents it from automatically highlighting search terms and phrases on search result web pages. The ⌘-Shift-F keyboard shortcut will still be available as a super-powered replacement for the built-in ⌘-F keyboard shortcut.