Search For Words on a Web Page

Saturday, June 14, 2008, 12:07 AM – Tips and Hints

I have a part-time job that involves Internet research and recently I had to look at the web sites of a couple of hundred municipalities, looking for the names of their engineers. This frequently involved reading through meeting minutes. Some of them could be quite fascinating, but I was not getting paid to read them for my pleasure. I just needed a quick way to find names. As usual, my Mac (or I should really say my Apple operating system) had the answer.

Safari has a great built-in search feature that allows you to search for words on web pages. All I had to to was access the feature and enter the word engineer and frequently I could find what I was looking for in a matter of seconds.

Select Command + F and a little search field appears in the top right corner of Safari’s main window. Type in a word and as soon as you start typing it starts searching. You don’t have to hit return to make it work.

If it finds your search term on the page, it highlights the first place it finds it in bright yellow (and lists how many times that term appears on the page). If the word appears on the page more than once, you can press the right arrow button the left of the search field and it will jump to the next instance where the word appears. When you are finished searching. either click the Done button to the right of the search field or hit the ESC key on your keyboard.


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