Searching through a hoard of words on a website or pdf can be an absolute nightmare. It takes a lot of time and sometimes just leaves you wondering why you tried in the first place. You probably already know these methods, but I’m sure a shocking amount of people forget about them, and instead opt to manually find the info needed.In a bid to make your life just a tad easier, I’m here to remind you ways that you can get straight to what text you’re looking.
Find on Page (via Browser)
The ‘Find in this Page’ / ‘Find on Page’ is a hero when it comes to highlighting the bits of info you actually need. This is luckily quite common on browsers nowadays. Simply click the 3 dots (Chrome + Microsoft Edge) or 3 bars (Firefox) and click “Find on Page” or anything of the sort. Then, just give a couple of words that might lead you to the paragraph you need hit Enter. That’s all.
A real-life example of this is when I needed to search through a pdf of “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. I wanted to find which page a certain quote was on. So, I followed the instructions above and found that “Mr. Utterson stepped out and touched him on the shoulder” was on Page 10. That saved a fair bit of time reading through the other parts of the novella, nice!
A further example of this is the simple ‘Find’ option on most versions of Microsoft Word. Simply click ‘Find’ in the right hand corner, type in whatever keywords you like into the box with the Magnifying Glass then hit Enter. All of the instances of those key words will be highlighted and easily readable.