Instant On-Page Text Search in Firefox with This Easy Tip

Dec 16, 2007 - 2 Comments

firefox_icon Here’s a really cool Firefox tip that was just passed along to me that allows you to instantly search on page text.

Here’s how this works: You can instantly search for any text on a web page by hitting the forward slash and typing that word.

So for example, you want to find “Firefox” on this page, you would type /firefox – that’s it!

The first instance of “Firefox” will appear highlighted. This slash search feature is really just a shortcut to Command-F but it’s a lot faster if you ask me.

This works across all platforms I have tried. Oh, and if you want to find the next instance of that word, hit Command-G (or Control-G if you’re in the Windows world).

Check out more great Firefox tips.

By the way, you can also still use the Command + F “find on page” keystroke shortcut, which is universal to Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and many other apps too. But it’s kind of neat to have an alternative method of searching page text, and this slash trick is only available to Firefox (and maybe Camino, let us know).


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Posted by: David Mendez in Firefox, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Andy says:

    Another cool feature is Hit the center mouse button to open a link in a new tab rather then using right click.

  2. fns says:

    Even faster is to enable the “Find as you type” -option in the settings. Then you don’t need even the backslash, just type whatever you want and it searches the page.

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