How to Find Words In a Web Page

Manually searching for specific words or phrases on large Web pages is usually a waste of time; use the Find bar in the major Web browsers to find what you're looking for in seconds. Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37, Google Chrome 42 and Safari for Windows can search Web pages for words or entire phrases and highlight them for you.

Internet Explorer

Step

Launch Internet Explorer, click the gear icon, select File and click Find on this page to display the Find bar in IE 11.

The File menu in Internet Explorer 11
Internet Explorer
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Step

Type the words you want to find on the page into the Find field. Internet Explorer highlights the words on the page automatically as you type.

Internet Explorer displays the number of matches on the Find bar.
Internet Explorer displays the number of matches on the Find bar.
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Step

Filter the matches by clicking Options and enabling the Match Whole Word Only or Match Case option.

Step

Click the Previous or Next button to jump to the previous or next match. To close the Find bar, click the X icon.

The Options, Previous and Next buttons in Internet Explorer.
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Google Chrome

Step

Launch the Web browser, click the Chrome menu button and select Find to display the Find bar.

The Chrome menu button has three horizontal black lines.
The Chrome menu button has three horizontal black lines.
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Step

Type the word you want to find in the Find field, and Chrome highlights all matches as you type. Additionally, the position of the matches is displayed on the scroll bar -- look for the yellow markers.

The number of matches is displayed next to the Find field.
The number of matches is displayed next to the Find field.
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Step

Click the up or down arrow to jump to the previous or next match on the page. To close the Find bar, click the X icon.

The up and down arrows and X icon.
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Mozilla Firefox

Step

Click the Firefox menu button and then click the Find icon to display the Find bar.

The Firefox menu button has three horizontal black lines.
The Firefox menu button has three horizontal black lines.
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Step

Type the search words into the Find field. Firefox jumps to the first match but does not highlight all matches by default. To highlight all matches, click the Highlight All button on the Find bar.

Firefox displays the number of matches on the Find bar.
Firefox displays the number of matches on the Find bar.
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Step

Click the up or down arrow to view the previous or next match. Optionally, enable the Match Case option by clicking the Match Case button. To close the Find bar, click the X icon.

The up and down arrows and the X icon.
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Safari for Windows

Step

Click the page button in Safari for Windows and select Find from the menu to display the Find bar at the top of the page.

The page button looks like a page with a folded corner.
The page button looks like a page with a folded corner.
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Step

Type the words into the Find field. Safari highlights all matches on the Web page and also enlarges them. Optionally, you can change how Safari searches on the page by clicking the magnifying glass next to the Find field.

The number of matches is displayed on the Find bar.
The number of matches is displayed on the Find bar.
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Step

Click the left or right arrow to see the previous or next match. Click the Done button to close the Find bar.

The left and right arrows and the Done button.
Safari for Windows
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