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Long Documents: Finding What You Need

Some Web pages are large. Some are positively huge—thousands of lines long with links at the top of the document that take the user to sections lower on the same page. Many Web authors prefer to create one large page than to create lots of small linked ones, the advantage being that after the page has been transferred to your browser you can use links to move to different parts of the page very quickly.

Virtually all browsers have some kind of Find command; it's generally Edit, Find, or a Find button on the toolbar. Internet Explorer's programmers (as you might guess) have a command called Edit, Find (on this page), which I must admit is a good idea. This command tells the browser to search the current page instead of the Web; I'm sure some new users get confused about that issue. (On the other hand, Explorer's Search toolbar button is not the same as the Find command; it's for searching the Web. You'll learn how to search the Web in Chapter 15, "Finding What You Need Online.")

The Find command works in a way that's very similar to what you've probably used in other programs (in particular, in word processors). Click the Find button, or choose Edit, Find, and the Find dialog box opens. Type the word or words you are looking for, choose Match Case (if necessary), and then click Find Next. The browser moves the document so that the first line containing the word or words you are searching for is at the top of the window.

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