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In-line Search with Internet Explorer

So, Internet Explorer 7 is just about finished, and it's a general all-around improvement. At the very least it brings IE into the 21st century. I think it still lacks a lot in the CSS standards compliance area (making cross-browser sites even HARDER to write in my experience), but that's not really news, now is it?

One of the features lacking in IE7 that Firefox has is inline searching. In Firefox you can press CTRL-F and a small search toolbar opens at the bottom of the browser window. As you type in the search bar, the first matching term is automatically highlighted in the browser window. A small feature to be sure, but it's a helluva lot more convenient than IE's dialog-based search.

Well, now you can have the same thing in IE via an add-on. Actually, these have been around for a little while and I just never knew about them. There are a couple that I know of, thanks to a recent post to the IE Team's Blog. One is called Find As You Type and is posted on Channel 9. The other is called Inline Search for Internet Explorer by Core Services. Both are free, naturally.

So, if you're addicted to Firefox's inline search but you have to use IE from time to time, check these out. I installed Find As You Type and it seems to work well with IE7.

Comments (1) -

  • Darth Mac

    9/7/2006 7:30:51 PM |

    Dude, get rid of IE already!!! Just delete that sucker (and the s****y OS you run it on). Firefox or Safari, baby!!!

    Can you dig it, sucka!!!!!