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Monday, November 22nd, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
Not trying to sound too Bono-esque, but “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” on this certain insanely long web page with Internet Explorer. I think the information I need is there, but I can’t find it hiding among the insurmountable number of paragraphs, sentences, words and images. Is there an easier way to find what I’m looking for?

A:
Yes! The n ext time this happens to you, hit the Edit menu, Find (or CTRL+F for you shortcut lovers). You’ll get a handy little Find box that lets you type in a specific word. After you type in your search term, hit the Find Next button and Explorer will look for that word on the page. If it’s successful, you’ll be zapped right to it.

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Oh, if you’re still using Netscape, you can do the CTRL+F thing too. It works with both browsers.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, you can also use a variation of this tip in Windows Explorer. Next time you’re looking for a file in explorer, hit CTRL+F and you’ll get a Find or Search box (depending on what flavor of Windows you’re using).

If you are already in the area of your hard drive where you think the file is (say, My Documents), hit CTRL+F and your search will be set to look in the My Documents folder.

Cool huh?

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