Pearls Extension: permanent on-page find for Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 13, 2012
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Most users make use of the browser's on-page find search tool to find words or phrases on a page.  That works well if you need to find something on a single page, and depending on the web browser that you use, on pages that are linked on it. The on-page search in Google Chrome is only displayed on the same page. When you navigate away from that web page it is closed automatically. You can bring it up again with the F3 key or the Ctrl-f shortcut, but if you need to find a term on a lot of pages then this can come quite the annoyance.

Firefox for instance handles on-page search different. The browser's search form stays open, even if you switch tabs or load other websites.

All on-page search options have in common that they accept single search terms only. This can be a single word or phrase, but not two unrelated words that you want to find both on a page.

Permanent on-page find

The Google Chrome extension Pearls Extension adds new search options to the web browser. It adds an icon to Chrome's main toolbar on installation which displays the number of matches on a page automatically. A left-click opens the configuration menu with the following options:

  • Search for one or multiple keywords, separated by comma, on the current page
  • Search for one or multiple keywords on all pages of the same domain
  • Search for one or multiple keywords on all websites that you visit in Chrome regardless of domain

The search terms windows, microsoft highlight all instances of windows and microsoft on the page. Each search term is highlighted with its own color for easier distinction.

permanent on-page find

What may be more interesting than this is the permanent nature of the configuration. If you have configured the extension to highlight a term on a particular page, you will notice that this term gets highlighted whenever you visit the page. This can be useful if a page changes regularly for instance.

The domain and global search options work identical, only that they will be active on all web pages of a website or on all pages that you visit regardless of domain or site.

You can remove searches at any time from the global search field, but domain or page specific searches only when you are on the pages.  (via A Tech Girl's Life)


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