How to Find a Specific Word on a Web Page

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When you want to find a particular word or phrase when surfing the web, use either the Find Word function of the major web browsers or use a search engine such as Google.

How to Search For a Word Using Command/Ctrl+F

The simplest way to find a word on a page is to use the Find Word function. This is available in the major web browsers, including Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera.

Here's the keyboard shortcut method:

  1. Open the web page you want to search.

  2. Press Ctrl+F in Windows and Linux. Press Command+F on a Mac.

  3. Type the word (or phrase) you want to find.

  4. Press Enter.

  5. The web page will scroll to the nearest occurrence of the word. If the word occurs more than once in the web page you're searching, press Enter to go to the next occurrence. Or, select the arrows on the right (or left) side of the Find Word window.

How to Search for a Word With the Mac Menu Bar

Another way to search web pages is to use a relevant menu bar. On a Mac, use the following process, regardless of the browser you use. Use this process when using either Safari or Opera:

  1. Open the web page you want to search.

  2. Go to the menu bar at the top of the page, then select Edit.

    Safari on a Mac with the Edit menu highlighted
  3. Choose Find in This Page. Some browsers may have the option Find.

    Safari on Mac with the Find in This Page option under the Edit menu highlighted
  4. Depending on the browser you use, you may have to take four steps rather than three. For example, with Google Chrome, you have to hover the mouse cursor over Find, then click the Find button that appears in the resulting side-menu.

How to Find a Word Using the Browser Controls

If you use a Windows PC or Linux, or if you want to use the web browser rather than the operating system, here's what you do for each major browser (excluding Safari and Opera).

These instructions should work for the corresponding mobile browsers as well.

For Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open the web page you want to search.

  2. Select the More icon that's located in the upper-right corner of the browser window.

    Google with the More menu highlighted
  3. Choose Find or Find in This Page.

In Internet Explorer 11, select Tools, hover over File, then choose Find on this page.

Google Chrome with the Find in This Page option highlighted

How to Search for a Word Using a Search Engine (Google)

If you don't know the specific page on which a desired word or phrase could be located, search for a certain word or phrase from Google and target the site you want to find it in. Google has special characters and features to narrow and control your search.

  1. Go to Google or use the browser's search function, if it's configured to use Google as its search engine.

  2. Type site followed by a colon ( : ) and the name of the website you want to search. It should look like this: site:lifewire.com

  3. After that, leave a space, and enter the search terms. Altogether, it should be something like this: site:lifewire.com Android apps

  4. Press Enter to display the search results.

    Google site specific search
  5. The search results come from the website that you entered.

    Google site specific results
  6. To narrow your search results further, enclose the search terms in quotation marks, which makes the search engine look for that exact phrase.

    Search in page Chrome