Finding Text on Any Website on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod

Find in Page Javascript

EDIT: Apparently this is now included in iOS 4.2.  Thanks go to Mowg for bringing this to my attention.

One rather frustrating thing that I have noticed with the iPad (and iPhone) is the inability to search for text within Safari.  Well as it turns out, a simple javascript bookmark is all you need to add this functionality to any iOS device (just like my post on viewing source code).

To enable finding text within any website, follow the below instructions:

  1. Open Safari (pretty self explanatory).
  2. Create a new bookmark.
  3. In the Title window, write whatever you want your bookmark to be named (I chose “Find on Page”)
  4. In the address bar add the following javascript code:
    javascript:void(s=prompt('Find text:',''));s='('+s+')';x=new RegExp(s,'gi');
    rn=Math.floor(Math.random()*100);rid='z' + rn;b = document.body.innerHTML;
    b=b.replace(x,'<span id=" + rid + ">$1</span>');void(document.body.innerHTML
    =b);alert('Found ' + document.getElementsByName(rid).length + ' matches.');

NOTE: The entire javascript should be on one line.  As with the post on viewing source code, I did not develop this javascript bookmark. All credit goes to Matthew Panzarino (Edit: link seems to be dead now).

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11 thoughts on “Finding Text on Any Website on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod

  1. Mowg

    javscript is not necessary, the search box already does this:

    • necktweaker

      Well thats really convenient. Thanks for letting me know

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  3. Dallas Lemons

    Thanks a lot! I was yelling and screaming at my iPod for several hours, hehe. But finally managed to reboot it with the center and menu key. Thanks!

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  8. I was hoping you'd calculate the US only share, just for fun, since Apple's US share is higher than its WW share.

  9. James Morgan

    We are so much addicted to iphone that we cannot live without it and we are so much engrossed in it that we often forget about what time it is and what we are supposed to do. it is wrong as this is a complete waste of time, I am not saying we should cut off from society what I am trying to say is that we should spend nearshore outsourcing amount of time and even that when we have nothing else to do.

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