How to Find Words In a Web Page

By Nick Peers

Discover how to search for words or phrases on a Web page in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

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.

Tip

To display the Find bar in all major browsers and avoid clicking through a browser's menus, press Ctrl-F. Just type the words into the Find field to find them on the page.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

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.

Google Chrome

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

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

Tip

Unlike in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, the Find bar is displayed at the bottom of the window in Firefox.

The Firefox menu button has three horizontal black lines.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Tip

To display the Quick Find field, click once on an empty space on the page, press the forward slash and type the words. The Quick Find feature is useful for quick searches and disappears automatically after a few seconds. Quick Find doesn't have any advanced features such as Highlight All or Match Case.

To find only words that appear in links, click once on an empty space on the page, press the single quote mark and type the words into the Quick Find (links only) field that displays.

To automatically search in Firefox without using the Find menu, enable the Search For Text When I Start Typing option. Select Options from the Firefox menu, click Advanced, select the General tab, check the Search For Text box and click OK. Start typing the words while viewing a Web page and Firefox searches for matches automatically. Press F3 to jump to the next match.

Warning

The Quick Find, Quick Find (links only) and Search For Text When I Start Typing features are affected by the coding of the Web page and may not work on some pages. The features don't work if you place the cursor in a text box or field.

Safari for Windows

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.