When you want to find something on a web page, you can search for it. However, finding something specific on a long web page can be needlessly frustrating. The good news is, you can easily perform a few quick functions and find what you’re looking for in no time. Find out how to search for a word on a web page in different browsers.
Searching for a web page in the Google Chrome browser is done by pressing Ctrl + F. This keyboard shortcut is the gold standard for all browsers. The following method also applies to most Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Opera.
1. Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard. A search box appears in the upper right corner.
2. Enter your search term (s) and press Enter. Your search runs and shows you where the word you are looking for is located.
3. The first location is highlighted in orange. The next places for your search term are highlighted in yellow. They can also be identified by orange hash marks on the scroll bar on the right side of the browser.
You can also go to the menu bar and select “Search”. This method will also cause the search box to appear in the upper right corner.
Unsurprisingly, Safari uses the same keyboard shortcut.
1. Enter Order + F on the keyboard. A search bar appears in the upper right corner of the window. Enter your search term here.
2. You can now go directly to the first instance of your search term which is highlighted in yellow. Unlike Chrome, all Safari search results are highlighted in yellow. You can quickly move from one result to another in the search bar by using the forward or back arrows.
Firefox offers a variety of options for general search and for the way search results are displayed. For general research, you follow steps similar to its competitors.
1. Press Ctrl + F on Firefox. It opens the search bar at the bottom left of the website you are browsing.
2. You can search for the word you have chosen and Firefox will highlight the selected terms in green all over the page.
3. Firefox also allows you to perform your search case sensitive. In other words, you can capitalize any letter and Firefox will only search for the word with the uppercase letter.
4. Finally, Firefox also allows you to search with “Match Diacritics”. This allows you to locate a word that includes an accent or cedilla, which may suggest a different pronunciation.
Additionally, Firefox adds three more specific search options if you want to narrow down your search results.
1. To perform a quick search without all the additional search functions, press the key. / to open the quick search bar. This appears in the lower left corner of the browser and is useful for quick searches. It automatically disappears if not in use.
2. If you want to search for a word specifically in a URL that can be listed on a web page, tap the single quote " to display the quick search bar (links only) at the bottom left of the screen.
3. Finally, Firefox adds one of the most useful features by enabling “Find text when I start typing” as a setting in its Preferences menu. To activate this option:
3.1. Go to Preferences in the menu bar.
3.2. At the General menu option, scroll down to locate the “Navigation” menu set. In this set, click the box to enable “Find text when you start typing”.
3.3. When enabled, it will immediately start showing search results as soon as you type the first letter. For example, when you type the letter “R”, every word on the web page that contains the letter R will be highlighted.
Tips and tricks
While each of the above-mentioned methods works well, there is one more tip in case you aren’t sure which specific page the word you are looking for is on. You can easily find what you need with a quick Google search.
1. Go to Google.com or place your cursor in your browser’s omnibar.
2. To search for “Mint” on www.maketecheasier.com, enter this text:
site:maketecheasier.com mint and press Enter.
3. Search results now display the same as general Google search results. You can help refine the results by enclosing the word in quotes so that Google will search for that exact word.
While Firefox is easily the leader in the number of options, ultimately all major browsers allow a similar, if not exactly the same, method of searching for a word. Non-traditional browsers like Brave and Vivaldi also offer the same search option, making word search an almost universal option for anyone browsing the web.
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