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The Bottom Line

Inline Search is an Internet Explorer add-on which allows you to easily find words or phrases within a web page. Used as an alternative to IE's default search, the add-on mimics Firefox's search behavior by providing "find as you type" functionality in a search pane located at the bottom of your browser window.

Pros

  • "Find as you type" is superior to standard search functionality.
  • Unlike IE's default Find box, Inline Search does not cover or block the web page.
  • Highlight All is not available in IE's default search.

Cons

  • Inline Search hijacks IE's Find shortcut key combination.

Description

  • Inline Search lets you search the current web page for a word or phrase.
  • A search pane is placed at the bottom of your Internet Explorer window.
  • Pressing CTRL+F displays this search pane if it closed, hijacking the shortcut keys for IE's default search.
  • The Find on this Page... option in IE's Edit menu still launches the browser's default Find window.
  • "Find as you type" functionality actively searches for words or portions of a word as you type in the search box.
  • Match Case feature allows you to search for words or phrases in a case sensitive manner.
  • Optional Highlight All feature locates every instance of your search string and highlights it in yellow.
  • Buttons on the search pane let you jump to the previous or next instance of your search string on the current web page.
  • F3 or the Enter key also advances to the next occurrence of your search string.
  • SHIFT+F3 or SHIFT+Enter also jumps to the previous occurrence of your search string.

Guide Review - Inline Search

Inline Search is a fairly simple add-on that does a great job of improving upon a heavily used browser function. No longer do you have to tolerate Internet Explorer's floating Find window getting in the way of the page you are viewing. The search pane sitting at the bottom of your browser window is something that Firefox users have become accustomed to and with this add-on the IE faithful can now enjoy the same convenience. Added bonuses like highlighting and "find as you type" practically make installing Inline Search a no-brainer. The only reason I cannot give this add-on a 5-star rating is because it automatically hijacks the CTRL+F shortcut. However, that should not be much of an issue since you will probably wind up exclusively using the new search pane anyway.
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