How to Search for a Word on a Webpage

This blog teaches you how to search for a word or phrase on a webpage. Nearly every web browser comes with a “Find” tool. This allows you to search a webpage for matching words or phrases. You can also use Google’s advanced search options to perform a search for a word or phrase on all of the pages of a specific site. You can use this in conjunction with the Find tool to locate a word anywhere on the internet.

Using a Desktop Web Browser

  1. Open your web browser. The “Find” function is part of most popular web browsers. This includes Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Click the icon for which ever web browser you use to open the web browser.
  2. Navigate to the webpage you want to search. Use the address bar at the top of the web browser to enter the web address for the website you want to search. You can also use Google to search for the exact webpage you want to search.
  3. Press Ctrl+F on Windows or ⌘ Command+F on Mac. This will open the “Find” search box in virtually any browser. Alternatively, you can click the icon with three dots or three lines in the upper-right corner to open the menu. Then click the “Find” option. It will either say FindFind on this page or something similar..[1]
    • If you are using Safari for macOS, you can access the “Find” function by clicking Edit followed by the Find menu. Then click Find.[2]
  4. Type the word or phrase that you want to find in the search box. The “Find” search box appears either at the top of the page or the bottom of the page depending on which web browser you are using. Your browser will find matches as you type and highlight them in the text.[3]
    • Letter case is ignored when using the Find tool.
  5. Click the Next and Previous buttons   to cycle through the search results. They are the arrows pointing up and down next to the Find search bar. The web browser will jump to each highlighted search result in the webpage.[4]
  6. Click X to close the Find search box. When you are finished using the Find function, you can close the web page by clicking the “X” icon next to the search box.
    • If you are using Safari on Mac, click Done to close the search

Method2Using a Mobile Web Browser

  1. Tap your web browser to open it. All popular web browsers have a “Find” function. This includes Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Samsung’s “Internet” app. Tap the icon for whichever web browser you use on your iPhone or Android device to open it.
  2. Navigate to the webpage you want to search. Use the address bar at the top of the web browser to enter the web address for the website you want to search. You can also Google to search for the exact webpage you want to search.
  3. Tap ⋮, ☰, or . This opens the menu. If you are using Google Chrome, tap the icon with three dots in the upper-right corner. If you are using Firefox, tap the icon with three dots in the lower-right corner. If you are using Safari on iPhone or iPad, tap the blue square icon with an arrow pointing up in the upper-right corner. If you are using Samsung Internet, tap the icon with three lines in the lower-right corner.
  4. Tap Find on Page . It’s in the menu. On most web browsers, it’s next to an icon that resembles a magnifying glass. This displays the “Find” search bar.
  5. Enter the word or phrase you want to search for in the search bar. The search bar will appear either at the top of the page or above the keyboard depending on which web browser you are using. This searches the webpage for words or phrases that match your search and highlights them in the text.
    • Letter case is ignored when using the Find tool.
  6. Tap the Next and Previous buttons   to cycle through the search results. They are the arrows pointing up and down next to the Find search bar. The web browser will jump to each highlighted search result in the webpage.
    • On Samsung Internet, the up and down arrows appear on the right side above the keyboard.
  7. Tap X to close the Find search box. When you are finished using the Find function, you can close the web page by tapping the “X” icon next to the search box.
    • If you are using Safari on iPhone or iPad, tap Done in the lower-left corner to close the search bar

Method3Searching a Site with Google

  1. Visit https://www.google.com/ in your browser. You can use Google to perform searches of all of the pages on a website. This can help you find matching words on large or complex websites.
  2. Enter site: followed by the site address you want to search. For example, if you wanted to search for a word on wikiHow, you would type “site: www.wikihow.com” in the Google search bar. This tells Google to only search on the website you want to search.
  3. Enter the word or phrase you want to search for after the site address. You can enter a single word or you can enter phrases. [5]
    • For example, to search wikiHow for any page that has the word “banana”, you would type site:wikihow.com banana. To search wikiHow for any page that has the phrase “eat a banana”, you would type site:wikihow.com eat a banana.
  4. Open a page from the search results and use the Find command. Google will return any pages that match your search, but it won’t point you to the matching text once you open the page. You’ll need to use the Find tool to jump to where the word occurs on the page.
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