Search on websites more efficiently

Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Ah, there. Finally. Or not. Darn.
Does it really have to be like this?

Probably everyone knows the tedious scrolling, but there is another way.

Instead of scrolling through the whole page or a complete PDF, you can just do a quick term search.

You probably know about the search function that pretty much every program (browser, PDF reader, etc.) has by now, but chances are you haven't made it a habit to use it often. I, at least, used this feature only every now and then for a long time and wasted who knows how many hours in total scrolling through pages and pages of reports. Now it's an automatic thing that I use on most occasions:

If the text is longer than I could skim in a few seconds and I'm only looking for a specific piece of information, then just quickly search a keyword or two - and hit.

Most of the time, at least. But you develop a feeling and become more and more accurate.

Using the search function, the content of large pages can be searched for the relevant keywords in a matter of seconds and the relevant information can thus be determined. Different types of search function can be used here.

How to open the search function:

  • Per key combination (the fastest way): CTRL+F

Just press and hold the CTRL key and then press the "F" key.

The "F" key was chosen here because of the English term "to find" and it is therefore easy for us in German to remember that it is used to find something.

This way saves you additional time since you don't have to search for the function in the menu (or maybe even the menu itself) first, depending on the program.

  • Via menu:

You can also often find the search function via the menu (which you will find in the top right corner of most browsers - often via a 3-dot or 3-bar icon).

  • Directly via the search field:

Some programs have a built-in search function in the interface that you can use directly. Typically, you can find it in the top menu bar, in the upper right corner or in the lower area of the program. Not to be confused with the search fields you often find in the browser interface to perform new searches on the Internet, that would not be purposeful, since you want to search the current page.

Of course, this is not a real secret tip, but maybe this little article has motivated you to use this underestimated function more often.

Depending on the size of the content to be searched, up to a few minutes can be saved. So the potential is immense.

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