How to Search a Word on a Website (Chrome, Safari, Edge Browser)
To search for word(s) on a website, you can use the built-in search function of your web browser or keyboard shortcut available on your desktop PC. There are many instances where you might want to look up certain words on a web page. One of it is, as an SEO, when building backlinks, I typically use the search or “find in page” functionality in browsers to quickly look up for my desired anchor text on the page, and inform the site admin to hyperlink that text for me. Additionally, I can use the “find in page” functionality to confirm if the site admin has hyperlinked my chosen anchor text.
Here are the steps to search for word(s) on a website:
Note: If you're using a mobile device, the process may vary depending on your browser. Generally, you can find the search function by tapping the three-dot menu icon and selecting "Find in page" or similar option.
1. How to search a word on a web page while browsing with Google Chrome
Chrome is known for its speed, simplicity, and ease of use. It features a minimalist design with a clean user interface that allows users to navigate the web quickly and efficiently.
According to Stat Counter, Chrome browser has about 67% of users, followed by Microsoft Edge (11%), Safari (9%), and Firefox (7%).
Google Chrome is a popular web browser developed by Google. It was first released in 2008 and has since become one of the most widely used web browsers in the world.
One Of the key features of Chrome is how easy it is to look up words on a web page. To find a specific keyword on a single webpage on Chrome:
- Press Ctrl+F for Windows or ⌘+F for Mac to open the search field, which will appear in the upper right corner. Or click the 3 vertical dots and scroll down to “Find…”
- Type your search terms in the search field; in this case, i have tried to search for “Windows PC”
- Here, on this page, there are 4 instances, use the up and down arrow to navigate through the highlighted instances/occurrences of the searched phrase as illustrated below:
- On the scrollbar are two thin lines representing where a word is found so that you can quickly scroll to the corresponding section of the page:
2. Search a Web Page on an Android Phone or Tablet with Google Chrome
According to Statista, Android is the leading operating system for mobile devices, with a usage rate of 72%. Developed by Google developers in 2007, it is built on the Linux operating system. As for web browsers utilized on Android, Google Chrome is the clear favorite, with over 90% of users opting for it.
To search a web page for words using Chrome on Android follow the step above for chrome desktop. The exception is that you don’t have the control CTRL key but the 3 vertical dots on the right edge of your mobile screen allows you to “Find in page”.
3. How to search a word on a website while browsing on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is the successor to the previously popular Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft and was first released in 2015. It is the default browser for Windows 10 and is available on other operating systems such as macOS, iOS, and Android.
Edge is known for its speed, security, and compatibility with modern web standards. It is designed to be fast and efficient, with a clean user interface that makes it easy to navigate the web.
One of the key features of Edge is its integration with Microsoft services such as Bing, Cortana, and Office. This allows users to quickly search the web, get personalized recommendations, and access their Microsoft accounts and documents directly from the browser.
Edge search/find feature is not different from that of Google Chrome. However, Microsoft has added search capabilities to Edge–ability to easily search an entire site using Bing.
To search an entire website with Microsoft Edge, follow this steps:
- Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the browser and Click on "This site."
- Type your searched words and press "Enter." In my own case, i have enter the term “Visual” You will see the search results from the currently opened website provided by Bing.
- Edge also provides “Find in page” functionality similar to that of Chrome browser, to get started, click on the horizontal 3 dots at the top-right edge of your screen:
- Again, on the scrollbar are two thin lines representing where a word is found so that you can quickly scroll to the corresponding section of the page:
4. How to search word(s) on a website while you’re on Safari browser
Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. It is the default browser on Apple devices, including Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads. Safari was first released in 2003 and has since become a popular browser due to its speed, security features, and integration with other Apple services. Safari is available for free download on Apple's website for Mac and iOS devices.
If you are on Safari, searching a web page is similar to other browsers and is pretty straightforward:
- Open the webpage that you want to search in.
Press ⌘+F on the keyboard to open the search bar.
From the options box, choose "Contains" if you want to have matches in the middle of words, or leave the default option "Begins with" to search only words beginning with your search term.
- Type your searched keywords and press "Return."
- Navigate through the results with the arrow buttons to the right of the Search field.
Quick tip: On Mac's Safari browser, you have the option to access the search function by clicking on "Edit" in the toolbar, then selecting "Find" from the drop-down menu and clicking on "Find" again in the pop-out. Once you do this, a search bar will appear at the top-right corner of the page. You can then type in the word(s) you want to search for and they will be highlighted in yellow on the page.
5. Search a word on a web page using keyboard shortcuts: Command+F or Control+F keyboard shortcuts
To find specific words on web pages, word processors, and other software, you can utilize keyboard shortcuts such as Command + F on a Mac or Control + F on Windows. This will prompt a search box to appear at the top of the screen where you can input your desired search term. Once you hit Enter, the program will highlight all instances of the word or phrase on the page. To navigate through each instance, you can use the up and down arrows on the search box.
6. Using the Google Site Search Command to find word(s) on a website
To use the Google site search command, you can follow these steps:
- Open Google.com in your web browser.
- In the search bar, type "site:" followed by the website or domain name you want to search within. For example, if you want to search for the word "apple" on the website "www.apple.com", you would type "site:www.apple.com apple".
- Press "Enter" to start the search.
- Google will display all the pages from the specified website that contain the search term you entered.
You can also use other search operators with the site search command to refine your search results. For example, you can use the "intitle:" operator to search for pages that have the search term in their title, or the "inurl:" operator to search for pages that have the search term in their URL.
Here's an example of how to use the site search command with the "intitle:" operator:
This would return all pages from the Apple website that have the word "macbook" in their title.
Note that the site search command only works for indexed pages, so it may not return all pages from the specified website.
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