Firefox Tip: Where is…?

I know many average users don’t know this, but there is a search feature built into every page on the web. Just hit command “F”, or go to the Edit menu and select “Find”. Enter your term in the bar that appears on the bottom of the screen and press enter. If you select the “Highlight all” option it will even highlight the matching terms for you. Press enter repeatedly to see all the matches on the page. This technique can save you a lot of time by preventing you from needing to scan an entire page for a term. Searching can save you a lot of time by letting you jump to what you want to reach.

You can try it on this page by searching for “testing search”. As you type it in, notice how the browser searches while you enter it. You don’t even need type in the entire word or phrase most of the time.

Find As You Type

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3 Responses to “Firefox Tip: Where is…?”

  1. Laurent says:

    And of course, you want to set up find-as-you-type to remove the need to use Ctrl-F or the Edit menu.


  2. I always just type / if I want to start searching :).


  3. Brian Yi says:

    Firefox should just enable highlight all by default and get rid of the button. That’s how Opera does it, and I’ve found that to be simple and effective.

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