New Find Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox

In: Mozilla

9 Jul 2004

The Burning Edge reports on the new Find Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox that brings the much unknown Find As You Type feature to the fore, at least in terms of GUI presence. This feature has just been checked in into the branch builds of Firefox (and as such is a little buggy). To bring up the Find Toolbar, you need to press Ctrl-F or / (and then start typing).

Screenshot of Find As You Type toolbar in action


The “Find as you type” function is not new to Firefox and has been in there for a long time. You may not have realized it before. If you have a version (or build) of Firefox that you got hold of before today, you could just start typing the word (or words) that you want to find and Firefox will incrementally find and highlight the first instance of the word that matches what you type.

Now you need to press Ctrl-F or / to bring up the Find As You Type functionality (and the new toolbar). Some people have already been screaming at inconvenience of the extra keystroke (or keystrokes if you use Ctrl-F) – I certainly don’t like it because I’m what I’d like to call an entrenched user of Find As You Type. It’s hard for me to adjust and seems painfully inconvenient. But the truth of it probably is that it’s just 1 extra keystroke and should be something one can get used to. Especially if the benefit is increased visibility of the (amazing) Find As You Type feature (which, if I may add, was first seen on the Opera web browser) – if more people knew of this productivity feature, I’m pretty sure they’d stick around with Firefox. If it will get more people using Firefox, I’m ready to compromise (or if not, there’d probably be an extension in the future which disables the new Find Toolbar).

Also new in the Find Toolbar is a Highlight button that highlights all the matching text on the webpage. No complaints against this one. Great stuff.

Screenshot of Find As You Type toolbar Highlight function in action


17 Responses to New Find Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox

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Joshua

July 9th, 2004 at 9am

Eh… Yeah. I’m one of those “entrenched” users too. Someone’ll probably come up with an extension to add it back in, anyway. Yay for XPIs :)

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Jesse Ruderman

July 9th, 2004 at 3pm

“But the truth of it probably is that it’s just 1 extra keystroke and should be something one can get used to. Especially if the benefit is increased visibility of the (amazing) Find As You Type feature”

Adding the Find toolbar and getting rid of automatic find-as-you-type were orthogonal design decisions, IMO. They just happened to be checked in at the same time.

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treego14

July 10th, 2004 at 5pm

Opera is awesome! I love it! The best out there and the Suite of features is awesome!

I can even use Opera IRC to chat with other IM protocols by using public servers of BitlBee.

The keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, etc….. wow!

39 minutes into the show … interview with Opera CEO: http://www.webtalkguys.com/

Also,

http://tntluoma.com/opera/lover/7/
http://www.opera.com/features/
http://nontroppo.org/wiki/WhyOpera

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Greg K Nicholson

July 11th, 2004 at 4am

One of the reasons given for removing automatic find-as-you-type was that one can lose one’s place in a page too easily. I have to agree with that one. There may as well be a pref to turn it back on though.

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Jesse Ruderman

July 11th, 2004 at 10am

Greg: If you upgrade to today’s build, that pref is back.

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Pete

September 17th, 2004 at 9am

You can enable Find as You Type in 1.0 PR without the extra Ctrl-F or / keystroke in Tools->Options->Advanced in the Accessibility category.

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mike

September 24th, 2004 at 6pm

when you use find as you type, is there a keyboard shortcut for going to the next match? I can’t seem to find one, and I don’t like having to use the mouse to click on the find next …

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mike

September 24th, 2004 at 6pm

oh never mind – found it. Apparently ctrl+g is the combination I was looking for …

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Randeep

December 2nd, 2004 at 5am

In the older version I use (.8, I think) just typing does a link search whereas using the ‘/’ and then typing a search in will search all text in the document which was extremely convenient for me.

Now if I turn on search as soon as I start typing under the advanced menu, it searches all text including links and copy.

Bring it back to the old school, yo!

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June 6th, 2006 at 10am

When I type in google and other search boxes, my find toolbar at the bottom of the screen pops up? How do I get rid of that??

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