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Are you looking for a specific word on a web page? If so, make it easy for yourself by using your browser’s search function to find specific terms on the current web page. Another way to do this is to use Google search with a custom parameter. We will show you both ways.

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Find a word on a web page in Chrome, Firefox and Edge

To find a specific string of text or numbers on a web page, use the Find On Page feature in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge to quickly find all occurrences of your word. You can do this on both the desktop browser and the mobile version.

On desktop

If you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge on your desktop, use the keyboard shortcut to quickly find the right word on the current page.

First, in a web browser, open the web page where you want to search for a word. When the page loads, press Ctrl+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac) to bring up the search function.

Alternatively, launch the search function in a web browser as follows:

  • Chromium: Select the three-dot menu at the top right and select Search.
  • fire fox: Click on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner and select “Find on page”.
  • edge: Select the three dots in the upper right corner and click “Find on page”.

Once you have accessed the function in any way, you will see a text field on the screen. In this field, enter the word you want to search for on the current web page.

Enter the word to be found.

When you start typing a word in the box, your browser will start finding all occurrences of that word on the current page. These occurrences are highlighted so you can easily find them.

Words highlighted on a web page.

To move to the next occurrence of a word, use the up and down arrow icons next to the text field. That’s all.

On mobile

To search for a specific word on a web page on your phone, first make sure the web page you want to search is open in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge on your phone.

In the web browser, tap the three dots to open the browser menu. Then select “Find on page”.

Click "Find on page" on the menu.

A text field will open. Here, enter the term you want to search for on the current page.

Enter the word to be found.

Your mobile browser will highlight all occurrences of the word you entered.

Highlighted words on a web page.

And you did.

Find a word on a webpage in Safari

The Mac and iPhone versions of Safari offer the ability to search for a specific word on a web page. Here’s how to use this feature on Apple devices.

On Mac

If you’re on a Mac, first launch Safari and open your web page.

When your web page loads, invoke the search feature by pressing Command + F. Alternatively, from the Safari menu bar, choose Edit > Find > Find.

In the text field that opens at the top of the Safari screen, enter a search term. Safari will highlight this word on your current web page.

Search for a word on a web page in Safari for Mac.

On iPhone

On your iPhone, launch Safari and access your web page. Then, in the bottom bar of Safari, tap the Share icon (an arrow pointing up from a rectangle).

In the menu that opens, select “Find on page”.

Tip: If you don’t find the “Find on Page” option, swipe left on the bar above the “Cancel” button.

To choose "Find on page" from the menu.

Enter a search term in the search field and Safari will highlight it on your current web page.

Highlighted word on a web page.

All is ready.

Use Google search to find a specific word on a web page

If you can’t (or don’t want to) open a web page to search for a word on it, use Google search to find a specific word on any web page and see the result right on the Google search results page.

To do this, first open a web browser and launch Google.

In the Google search bar, use the following search term to find a word on a web page. In this query, you will replace word with the word you want to find and URL with the full URL of the web page you want to search.

word site:URL

For example, to search for the word shortcut on the following web page:

https://www.howtogeek.com/810270/the-fastest-ways-to-search-the-web-in-chrome/

Enter the following query into the Google search bar and press Enter:

shortcut site:https://www.howtogeek.com/810270/the-fastest-ways-to-search-the-web-in-chrome/

Enter your query word in Google search.

When the search results appear, you will find a short snippet of the specified web page, highlighting the search term. You can visit the actual full webpage by clicking this search result, but note that the searched word will not be highlighted on this page.

Google search results page.

And that’s how you know if a particular word or number exists on a web page using both web browsers and Google search. Very useful!


If you use Chrome, did you know that you can create links that direct readers to specific text on a web page? Check out our guide to learn how to make these links.

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