November 18th, 2008
Ctrl + F is the standard method of bringing up a search box in pretty much every application I use. Firefox has another method of searching the current page – Type to Search. Anytime when the focus isn’t on some kind of input element, just type a word to search the current page for that text. Now that this option is not available in Chrome, I realise how much I used it and how much I miss it.
Other than that, the page search in Chrome is quite good, as expected since Google is a search company. Highlighting all matchs by default is useful, and stating how many matches exist on the current page is a feature so basic and obvious I can’t believe it isn’t implemented in Firefox. The only other options lacking in Chrome are ‘Match Case’, as provided by most other browsers, and ‘Match Whole Word’, provided by Opera and Internet Explorer.
I would also like to see regular expression matching as an advanced page search option. Being able to include options such as ‘Any Letter’, ‘Any Number’, or ‘Any Whitespace’ in a page search would be useful in many and varied different applications.