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Find As You Type (or Type Ahead Find as it was originally called) allows you to start finding text on the page immediately by simply typing the text you’re trying to find. Normally you need to trigger this feature by pressing ' (single quote) to search link text, or / (forward slash) to search all text; however, you can have FAYT watch all keypresses to start finding.

Possible values and their effects


Start Find As You Type on any keypress. (Default)


Only start Find As You Type after pressing ' or /.


  • This preference has no effect in Firefox (see bug 254592).
  • Setting this preference to true in Camino prevents FAYT from catching typed spaces (see bug 244175).


Mozilla Suite

A checkbox labeled “Find automatically when typing within a web page” is located under “Edit → Preferences → Advanced → Keyboard Navigation → Find As You Type”.

First checked in

2003-01-13 by Aaron Leventhal

Has an effect in

  • Netscape (all versions since 7.1)
  • Mozilla Suite (all versions since 1.2a)
  • Mozilla Phoenix (all versions since 0.4)
  • Mozilla Firebird (all versions)
  • Mozilla Firefox (all versions prior to 0.10 PR)
  • Camino (all versions since 0.8)
  • SeaMonkey (all versions)

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