The standard keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F to find words in Google Chrome has helped many people when searching for a particular passage or sentence. However, on densely populated websites, you may not find the specific section in mind. Therefore, some developers have created extensions that search for multiple words.
If you’re looking for reliable extensions that make content searching easier, you’ve come to the right place. Below are some of the best options available right now. Read on for more information.
Standard Ctrl + F
Ctrl + F not only works in Google Chrome, but is also a shortcut in many popular programs such as Microsoft Word and more. Just press these two buttons and type a word or passage in the text field. Unfortunately, when you enter multiple words, you can’t search for them individually like the extensions we cover.
As a result, these extensions are much more useful than the standard Ctrl + F command.
Instead, use extensions
Chrome extensions are useful add-ons that your browser can use. They are effortless to download and install. The ones we cover can all be added to Chrome for free.
Find many strings
Find Many String is a free extension that you can download that uses Chrome’s built-in search feature, which is the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F. Find Many Strings allows you to enter multiple words and each word is highlighted in a different color from the rest. That way you don’t get confused about which word the extension found.
This is an open-source app that does not store any of your data. It also only requires a few permissions for the marker.
After downloading this extension, set it up and start searching. That’s all you need to do.
Multiple search and highlight
The publisher of Multiple Search and Highlight designed this extension to work quickly on large documents and web pages. It’s the perfect add-on to install if you need a quick search for certain words. Native highlighting greatly speeds up the process.
Even with more than one search, Multiple Search and Highlight finds any word quickly. It supports different word separators for you to choose according to your preference.
- Download this extension.
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Go to the Extensions section.
- Look for multiple search and highlight.
- Open the interface.
- Assign a keyboard shortcut to the extension.
- When you’re done, type your words.
- Press Enter or Shift + Enter to search for the matches.
- When you’re done, press the Esc key to hide the panel.
You can also use Shift + Esc to hide the panel but keep the markups on the web page. The developer states that you can even use this extension offline to search for specific words in PDF files. Therefore, it has no server-side interaction at all.
Multiple search and multiple jump
The publisher of Multi Search & Multi Jump designed this extension to search for multiple results, similar to Multiple Search and Highlight. However, there are still differences between the two such as the following:
- You can use F1 to F12 in Multi Search & Multi Jump to find the first 12 words.
- It can only use single-byte spaces as word separators.
Other features include single word search, RegExp search, and persistent highlighting even if you click on the page. The default search in Chrome disappears when you do that, so Multi Search & Multi Jump helps make searching easier.
RegEXP search is for advanced users. Those who want this feature will enjoy Multi Search & Multi Jump.
efTwo is a multi-word search extension that highlights multiple words in different colors. The shortcut key is the F key. Simply tap the key twice quickly and you can start searching. The best feature of efTwo is that it searches regardless of inflection or connection.
For example, if you search for “cabbage” on the web page, efTwo will include “cabbage” in the highlighted results. The F2 button is the “next result” button, but you can also use the arrows on the search bar interface.
The developers even allow setting up custom shortcuts so that users can switch to any key they want instead of the default ones.
efTwo also has a setting to populate the search box with the latest Google Search keywords you just entered. That’s an optional setting that certain people will find useful.
Searching for words can be challenging as not all extensions understand inflections and variants. With efTwo you can solve this problem and search without worry.
Quick Search for Google Chrome
Quick Search is Peter Shin’s attempt to bring Mozilla Firefox’s search features to Google Chrome. If you’re a pro with Firefox’s Quick Find feature, you’ll feel right at home with this Chrome counterpart.
Quick Search even has a “Links Only” option that lets you search for links. If a word is part of another URL, the mode immediately lets you open that link in a new tab. It is much faster than right-clicking on a hyperlink after manually searching the page.
Of course, there’s a multi-word search mode, just like the others on this list. One problem many of these extensions suffer from is their tendency to look cluttered. Too many highlights can be distracting, but Peter Shin has developed a new solution.
This extension stands out from the crowd by highlighting the words and displaying different ones in separate text boxes. Users just need to search the text box to find a specific result. This feature makes Quick Search incredibly useful.
There are many other features you can use with Quick Find. Consult the instructions and you’ll be overwhelmed with features you didn’t know you needed.
This unique extension not only works brilliantly, but also has a colorful, minimalistic interface that isn’t overly overwhelming. Highlighty will notify users if there are no questions on the page, a powerful feature surprisingly missing from many older counterparts.
There are plenty of highlights once you enter a multi-word search. The best part is that you can use a slider and change the color of each individual word. The first color of each new search is randomly generated.
Highlighty works on any tab in your current instance of Google Chrome. This little change makes it incredibly useful, as Ctrl + F must be pressed in Chrome every time you switch tabs.
Depending on your needs, you can choose between a basic view and an advanced view that reveals the additional functions. The extension’s settings allow for in-depth customization and the perfect experience.
By default, Highlighty has a minimum of two characters. This is because finding thousands of letters is taxing on the extension. However, you can choose to remove the limit if the situation requires it.
Use the up and down arrow keys to jump from result to result on the page. The same is also done by clicking on the arrows of the navigation bar.
Additional features include:
- Case sensitivity
- Diacritical sensitivity
- Split search
- Full word search
- List of saved words
- Whitelisted websites
With a customizable user interface and many other features, it’s incredible that Highlighty is completely free to download and use. It even works offline.
Use these extensions
Whichever extension you choose, their operating methods are usually similar at an elementary level. You open a search bar, type in several words and start searching for them. Navigate the page as needed and search for the specific passages or phrases you are looking for.
Instead of being stuck with Google Chrome’s default search, try one of these free-to-download extensions. They can perform multi-word searches and many other functions that you may never have expected. Spend less time searching and more time writing.
Do you know of any other extensions? What did you like best on this list? Let us know in the comments below.