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A free program to find text on web pages ?

by stick joe / October 8, 2009 4:36 PM PDT

Anyone know of a free program that would enable me to find text on web pages?

The "find" feature on my Firefox keeps missing stuff and I need something better.

Any help is appreciated, thanx.

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Re: finding text on web pages
by Kees Bakker / October 8, 2009 5:24 PM PDT

I've never noticed that Firefox find text is missing things. Are you sure? Can you give an example?

- find text in IE or Chrome or Opera
- View>Source (or the equivalent in other browsers and use the find tool there)
- Save page as html, open in Notepad and use find there.


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A reply
by stick joe / October 8, 2009 11:10 PM PDT

Hmmm... I know other browsers have this feature but I was hoping I could stick with Firefox since I have multiple add-ons I like and the others don't have them, so this is why I wanted some type of program.

To answer your question about giving an example, I did a Google search for a head tumor yesterday and the term I was trying to find in the text on sites was "meningioma" (a type of tumor) so on one site which had a PDF I tried to use the find feature in Firefox and it turned up nothing, then I had a thought of wondering it this was accurate so I typed in "meningioma" into the PDF find box and it found one (to my surprise). This is how I found out.

The idea you gave was a good one about copying & pasting text which I'll use when needing to search a page or two of text, however in the case of searching for the head tumor name it would't be practicle to copy & paste since I was searching for text on TONS of sites - a program to do that much searching for text would be much easier so I still need one.

If no one can suggest a program I'll use your suggestion for trying another brower - I can just use Firefox when I need the add-ons for something and when I need to find text I can switch to another browser. So, I'll keep in mind what you suggested, so thanx.

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That's not a Firefox issue
by Jimmy Greystone / October 8, 2009 11:18 PM PDT
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That's not a Firefox issue, that's an issue with whatever PDF reader you're using, which was embedded into a Firefox window/tab.

It doesn't matter what browser you use, NONE of them will do what you want, because NONE of them have native PDF reading abilities. They all just pass it off to some other program.

Google often has the ability to view PDFs as HTML, if you don't mind some mangled formatting, and often a lack of images. In that way you could easily search a PDF, since technically it's not a PDF anymore.

But what you're asking for is impossible unless a browser gains native PDF reading abilities. There's a longer answer, but it'd only make sense if you have some programming experience, and understand the basics of MDI windows.

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by stick joe / October 8, 2009 11:42 PM PDT

Thanx for the explanation. I did not know that.

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Re: finding text on web pages
by millerv55 / February 2, 2011 12:23 PM PST

Yes, here is a simple word I just tried to use: sauce. Now this word was listed on the page I was searching on, more than once. The "Find" button, did not "find" any of the words.

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Re: finding text on web pages
by millerv55 / February 2, 2011 12:30 PM PST

I think this is a very good solution. I'll try this.
Thank you Kees Bakker.

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i think it's called Google?
by jonah jones / October 8, 2009 11:26 PM PDT

type in menignoma pdf?


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A clarification
by stick joe / October 8, 2009 11:35 PM PDT

Just clarifying -
I searched on Google for menignoma, and then I tried to use the "find" feature to find the word menignoma on websites text.

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A free program to find text on web pages ?
by millerv55 / December 31, 2010 12:14 PM PST

Did you ever get an answer to your question? I posted the same question, today, on Yahoo's "Ask/Answer". If I get an answer there, I will post it here for you to read.

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It appears that there are API's aplenty.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 12:23 PM PST
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A free program to find text on web pages
by millerv55 / February 2, 2011 12:20 PM PST

No, I haven't. And, yes I would like you to put "Ask/Answer" response here. Thank you.

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