Search Text in Firefox by Typing

By now most of us are used to pressing Ctrl F (Cmd F on Mac) to bring up the find bar to search for text within a web page we’re on. It just works and wasn’t even something I knew was a problem until I found this tip today. Open up Firefox’s options and select the advanced tab then check search for text when I start typing.

Firefox Advanced Settings
Firefox Advanced Settings

From now on whenever your on a web page and start typing a quick find box will come up and the cursor will automatically jump to the word you’re looking for. There is no navigation in the quick find box though so it’s not full featured as regular find. There’s a workaround for this:, it’s just a quick edit to your userchrome.css file in order to setup the navigation buttons in quick find. I’ve tested it out and it works great! 🙂

3 replies on “Search Text in Firefox by Typing”

the line of code in the link mentioned doesn’t seem to work for me in ff4 :(… i got it working before but after i had to reinstall ff4 i didn’t have the userchrome.css file in my profile so i had to create one but not sure if it’s in the right place. is it right under the profiles folder or in another folder within profiles? also i distinctly remember using a different line of code, wish i have saved it, i can’t seem to find it anywhere on the web… the bottom line is that it worked before in ff4 but not since i uninstalled and reinstalled it. anybody have any ideas?

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