While Firefox is my main browser, I have other browsers installed on my system at all times. This includes Internet Explorer, two versions of Google Chrome, two versions of Opera and lesser known browsers such as Maxthon. Today I'd like to highlight why I think that Opera's on-page search implementation is superior to that of other browsers.
On-page search lets you search the active web page for textual contents. It is usually triggered by F3 or Ctrl-f and once you start typing, you are either taken to the first result or notice that results are highlighted in the browser. You can then use F3 to jump to the next result in line or Shift-F3 to go back.
Opera handles search the same way but offers two options that the other browsers do not offer by default. If you use F3, or period in Opera, you search for all occurrences of the entered text on the page. Opera users can tap on comma "," instead to search only link texts on the page. This can be useful if you are looking for links and not plain text hits on the page.
While that is helpful at times, it is not what makes Opera's on-page search superior. What then you ask? The way the search results are presented. Take a look at the following screenshots:
Opera puts the focus on the search results and highlights plain text and link matches with different colors. It is super easy to spot all occurrences of the search term in Opera. While Google Chrome highlights the terms as well in yellow, it is not that easy to spot those terms on the page. Firefox finally only highlights the active term and none other so that you need to browse through all terms to see all hits on the page.
It may be a small thing but it can really speed things up for you if you are searching regular in open pages in the browser.
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