Safari for Mac can quickly give you stock price quotes for any ticker symbol right from the address bar, offering yet another way to keep track of equities for those who like to follow the day-to-day ride of the stock market.
Of course you can just google or web-search for a ticker symbol too, but a Safari feature called Safari Suggestions offers an ultrafast way of getting the price of a stock without having to search the web, all you need is the ticker symbol.
This is a super simple trick, here’s how it works:
How to Get Stock Price Quotes from the Safari Address Bar on Mac
All modern versions of Safari for Mac should support this feature:
- Open Safari if you have not done so already
- Click into the URL address bar (or hit Command + L) and enter the ticker symbol you want to check the price for, for example “AAPL”
- The current price of the entered ticker symbol will appear below the address bar, clicking on that result will open the stock symbol in Yahoo Finance
That’s all there is to it. You can check just about any stock symbol this way, and most ETF and mutual funds should work too, though I have found there are some that are not detected as ticker symbols properly and don’t show up with a price quote.
Note that if you disabled Safari Suggestions on the Mac then the stock ticker symbol lookup trick will not work. Those settings can be accessed in the Safari Preferences and are enabled by default, but some users may have turned the feature off if Safari was freezing up when the address bar is selected, something that can occasionally happen on older Macs or slower internet connections.The Safari Suggestions feature is different from the search suggestions feature, which offers suggestions of similar search items in the Safari URL bar as you type. Each can be enabled or disable independently if desired, much like you can hide the Favorites dropdown menu in Mac Safari too.
This is just one of myriad ways to get stock quotes on a Mac, you can also get current prices of ticker symbols with Spotlight, from the Notification Center Stocks section, with a Dashboard widget, or with Siri too. So whether you’re a bull or bear, you’re never far from knowing where the market is moving, or just in case you want to know how much money you’d have if you had bought Apple stock instead of Apple products if you want a subtle reminder to invest for the future.