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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. In Firefox, Find As You Type will also display the Find Bar at the bottom of the window and populate the Find field as you type.

Possible values and their effects


Enable Find As You Type.


Disable Find As You Type. (Default in Firefox.)


  • In Firefox, Find As You Type is integrated into the Find Bar, and setting this preference to false does what setting accessibility.typeaheadfind.autostart to false should do (see bug 254592). That is, Find As You Type is always on; this preference just determines whether you have to press ' or / to trigger it.



Tools → Options → Advanced → General / Accessibility → "Search for text when I start typing" (Firefox 2 and above)
Tools → Options → Advanced → General / Accessibility → "Begin finding when you begin typing" (Firefox 1.5)
Tools → Options → Advanced → Accessibility → "Begin finding when you begin typing" (Firefox 1.0.x)


Edit → Preferences → Advanced → Keyboard Navigation / Find as You Type → "Find automatically when typing within a web page"

First checked in

2002-08-19 by Aaron Leventhal (checked in as a default feature rather than packaged as an extension)

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)
  • Camino (all versions since 0.8)
  • SeaMonkey (all versions)

Related bugs

Related preferences

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