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Search text and Find it on the Page in Firefox on the Computer

Need to find text on a page using Mozilla Firefox on your computer? Learn how to search for specific terms using the 'Find' function within the browser.

Find On Page is one of the most crucial features when searching specific text, phrases, and paragraphs on any web page of your Firefox Browser. To use it, you need to click on your Firefox Browser’s menu icon and hit the Find On Page option. Now, enter the keywords you are looking for on that web page.

Search and Find on Page on Firefox browser

Did you know you can search for particular phrases and words on a webpage on Mozilla Firefox? Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. When viewing a webpage via Firefox, you can search for particular words, and the browser will show you where the phrase or word is.

The browser also displays the number of term instances on the page. You can also navigate between the instances using the arrow button on the Find in Page Firefox.

There are multiple ways one can search for phrases within the web page. You can also use the same feature to look up text within the PDF document within the Firefox browser.

In this article, I will take you on a step-by-step trip on how to use the Firefox find-on-page feature. Ready? Let’s get right into it.

Find on Page with Find Bar

This is just one of the methods to search and find different content on a webpage via Mozilla Firefox. Here are the steps to use the Find on Page feature:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox on the computer.
  2. Open any web page where you need to search for the phrase.
  3. Click the Menu horizontal 3bar icon button.
  4. Click on the Find on This Page option.
    A find bar will appear at the bottom of the window.
  5. Type a word or phrase you are searching for into the Find search field.
    Find in page search bar in Firefox computer browser

Mozilla Firefox will start highlighting the first matching result automatically as you type. The total match count will be shown in the find bar.

On your keyboard, tap the forward and backward arrows to jump to each match on the page. Click on the X icon or press Esc on the keyboard to close the find bar.

If it shows no match was found, the word or phrase you are looking for was not found in the text.

Search Result Settings in Mozilla Firefox

To tailor the search results, you can enable or disable any of the following options:

  1. Highlight All: This highlight all feature highlights all the words that match the search word or phrase you have entered.
  2. Match case: This option allows you to make searches case-sensitive. This option is helpful when searching for names that can be used as words, for example, Grace and grace.
  3. Match Diacritics: This option is great when distinguishing between accented letters and their base letters.
    For example, when you search for “résumé” the results for “resume” will not show when this option is activated.
  4. Whole Words: This highlights only entire words that match your search phrase.

You can enable or disable the option based on your needs.

Search using Quick Find

Using the Quick Find bar is another helpful method to find content on a webpage only, and the searches are meant to disappear after a few moments. Here are the steps to use Quick Find:

  1. Press the forward slash key / to open the Quick Find bar.
  2. Type into the search bar the phrase or word you would like to search for.

As stated earlier, the Quick Find bar disappears after a few moments, so to close it, wait a few seconds. You can alternatively press the Esc key on the keyboard to close it immediately. Also, you can click anywhere within the browser that is not part of the Quick Find bar to close it.
Firefox Quick find search bar

If you want to find only phrases that occur in links on the page you’re viewing, press the single quote character on your keyboard to bring up the Quick Find bar for links only.Firefox Quick Find (links only) search bar

You can then type a search phrase into the Quick Find field, and the first link that contains the phrase you’ve typed will be selected.

Enable Quick on a Web Page

Mozilla Firefox can start the search process for phrases you enter without opening the find bar first. Here are the steps to enable Quick Find:

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox on the computer.
  2. Click the horizontal 3bar icon Menu button, and choose Options.
  3. Select the General panel.
  4. Go to the Browsing section.
  5. Enable the check box for Search for text when you start typing.
    Mozilla Firefox Browsing options

Once this feature is enabled, the Quick Find bar will automatically show up when you type inside a webpage while not in a text field.

Searching for a particular word or phrase when using Mozilla Firefox is easy. Keep these Firefox keyboard shortcuts close to you, and everything will be smooth.

  1. Ctrl + F to show the find bar.
  2. / to show the Quick Find bar while not in a text field.
  3. to show the Quick Find (links only) bar while not in a text field.
  4. Esc to close the currently visible find bar while the focus is on it and cancel highlighting.

Bottom Line

The Find in Page Firefox is an excellent feature within the Firefox browser. Using this feature, you can find or search for any text, phrase, or even sentence. The matching keywords are highlighted and displayed with a count of repetitions.

What is your opinion on the Find in Page feature? Is it something you constantly use for your research work?

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Victor Oloo

Victor Oloo

Victor is Bachelor's degree holder in Business & Commerce and has been associated with the tech industry since the beginning of his career. He has 7+ years of experience in technology and media services. He is a passionate tech content writer and news editor. He loves the Firefox browser and uses it as a daily driver. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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