Search for Text in Web Pages More Quickly with Firefox

There’s nothing worse than being directed to a web site and then having to spend minutes browsing through the page trying to find the information that you’re looking for. Rather than endlessly scrolling through the page and trying to scan text on the fly, why not let Firefox do the searching for you?

Like other popular browsers, Firefox includes a built-in “Find” feature. The search feature is hidden by default, but appears in the lower-left corner of your screen when you select the Edit > Find in This Page option or press the Ctrl+F shortcut. Type in a word and Firefox will jump to its first instance on the page, after which you can use the Next and Previous arrows to find additional instances.

The Find feature is great, but there’s an even easier way to use it by having it open on its own. Click Tools > Options, click the Advanced icon, and then select the General tab. Check the option marked Search for text when I start typing and click OK. Now, when you surf to a web page and begin typing, Firefox will begin looking for the text you type in immediately. To avoid conflicts, the feature only works when your “focus” isn’t already within a text box or other editable element.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

Dan DiNicolo is a freelance author, consultant, trainer, and the managing editor of He is the author of the CCNA Study Guide found on this site, as well as many books including the PC Magazine titles Windows XP Security Solutions and Windows Vista Security Solutions. Click here to contact Dan.