How to search for a word on a webpage

Are you looking for a specific word on a web page? If so, make it easier for yourself by using your browser’s search function to locate specific terms on the current webpage. Another way to do this is to use Google search with a custom parameter. We’ll show you both ways.

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Search for a word on a webpage in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

To search for a specific string of text or numbers on a webpage, use the “Find on Page” feature in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge to quickly locate all occurrences of your word. You can do this on your browser’s desktop as well as mobile versions.

On the desk

If you use Chrome, Firefox or Edge on a computer, use a keyboard shortcut to quickly locate your word on your current page.

First, in your web browser, navigate to the web page where you want to search for a word. When the page loads, press Ctrl+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac) to invoke the search function.

You can also launch the search function in your web browser as follows:

  • Chromium: Select the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and choose “Search”.
  • firefox: Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner and choose “Find in page”.
  • Edge: Select the three dots in the upper right corner and click “Find on page”.

Once you have accessed the feature somehow, you will see a text box on your screen. In this box, type the word you want to search for on your current web page.

Type the word to search for.

When you begin typing the word in the box, your browser begins to locate all occurrences of that word on the current page. These occurrences are highlighted so you can find them easily.

Highlighted words on a web page.

To move to the next occurrence of your word, use the up and down arrows next to the text box. And that’s all.

On mobile

To search for a specific word on a webpage on your phone, first make sure the webpage you want to search for is open in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge on your phone.

In your web browser, tap the three dots to open the browser menu. Then select “Find in page”.

Faucet "Search in the page" in the menu.

A text box will open. Here, type the term you want to find on your current page.

Enter the word to search for.

Your mobile browser will highlight all occurrences of the entered word.

Highlighted words on a web page.

And you are done.

Locate a word on a webpage in Safari

The Mac and iPhone versions of Safari offer the ability to search for a specific word on a web page. Here’s how to use this feature on your Apple devices.

On Mac

If you’re on a Mac, first launch Safari and navigate to your webpage.

When your webpage loads, invoke the find function by pressing Command+F. Alternatively, from the Safari menu bar, choose Edit > Find > Find.

In the text box that opens at the top of the Safari screen, type the word you want to search for. Safari will highlight this word on your current web page.

Search for a word in a webpage on Safari for Mac.

On iPhone

On your iPhone, launch Safari and navigate to your web page. Then, in Safari’s bottom bar, tap the share icon (an arrow pointing up from a box).

In the menu that opens, select “Search on the page”.

Point: If you can’t find the “Search on Page” option, swipe left on the bar above the “Cancel” button.

Picking out "Find on the page" from the menu.

In the search box, enter the word to search for and Safari will highlight it on your current webpage.

Highlighted word on a web page.

You are ready.

Use Google search to locate a specific word on a web page

If you can’t (or don’t want to) open a web page to find a word on it, use Google search to locate a specific word on any web page and see the result directly on the Google search results page.

To do this, first open your web browser and run Google.

In the Google search bar, use the following search term to search for a word on a webpage. In this query, you will replace word with the word you want to locate and URL with the full URL of the web page you want to search.

word site:URL

For example, to search for the word shortcut on the following webpage:

https://www.howtogeek.com/810270/the-fastest-ways-to-search-the-web-in-chrome/

You will type the following query into the Google search bar and press Enter:

shortcut site:https://www.howtogeek.com/810270/the-fastest-ways-to-search-the-web-in-chrome/

Type the word query into Google search.

When the search results appear, you will find a brief snippet of the specified web page highlighting the searched word. You can visit the actual full webpage by clicking on this search result, but note that your searched word will not be highlighted on this page.

Google search results page.

And that’s how you find out if a specific word or number exists on a web page using both your web browsers and Google search. Very useful!


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Brandon D. James