Firefox search now works in textboxes and textareas

In: Mozilla

18 Apr 2004

The Burning Edge points out that you can now search in textboxes and textareas in a webpage when you do a “Find in this page” search. The corresponding bug is bug 58305 and this enhancement appears in builds on and since 2004-04-16. I sorely missed this, especially so because IE does have this feature – some sites use textareas to display code.

Screenshot of Find in this page in textarea

As pointed out in this comment, this works for both the “Find in this page” function (accessible via Ctrl-F or Edit -> Find in this page…) and the “Find as you type feature“. But with “Find as you type”, the text found is not highlighted due to bug 134586 – selection in text field is invisible when it doesn’t have focus. This will probably be fixed by the time Firefox 1.0 is released.

7 Responses to Firefox search now works in textboxes and textareas

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Cmad

April 18th, 2004 at 2am

I’m sorry for using the comments for this, but can you tell me what theme you’re using in that screen shot? Thanks!

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Cheah Chu Yeow

April 18th, 2004 at 2am

Not a problem :). I’m using the very pretty Le Breeze theme by Kevin Davies. The Thunderbird theme is especially nice.

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Brian

April 19th, 2004 at 8am

Which nightly build of Firefox are you running, Chu Yeow?

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Cheah Chu Yeow

April 19th, 2004 at 10am

2004-04-16… Ah I seem to have made a mistake above in the date. Thanks!

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the dailywebthing • linkport

April 18th, 2004 at 1am

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Matt Vance

November 13th, 2004 at 5am

Too bad it’s broken again in FF1.0.

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justin

March 8th, 2005 at 5pm

…and STILL not working in Firefox 1.1! Absolutely unbelievable that they could leave such an essential feature like this unresolved.