How to do a ctrl+F with a link

Posted on 2003-03-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I would like to put a link on my website that does a control F (find).  Is there any way to do this with JAVA, ASP, or HTML?
Question by:philwants2bgolfn
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communicate earned 400 total points
ID: 8171266
i don't think this is possible. i would love to know if there is a way to do this. javascript has some cool functinos for invoking various properties of IE.
there seems to be a findText() method that you can use instead of using CTRL-F to do the same kind of thing. you can read more about it here:


i've never heard of this being possible in java, although there could be something in VB/ActiveX that you could use but I haven't been able to find it.

hope this helps ;)

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ID: 8171446
I found my own answer.  If any one is curious this is how I did it:

·     I used VB to create a DHTML Application.
·     Next I created a hyperlink that sent “^” & “f”
·     Saved the project
·     Created the dll
·     Then pasted the html code into my current web page
·     And it worked perfectly!
Here is the html code:
<!--METADATA TYPE="MsHtmlPageDesigner" startspan--><object id="DHTMLPage1" classid="clsid:20EDD44B-5A5B-11D7-A858-0000E89AB30D" width=0 height=0></object><!--METADATA TYPE="MsHtmlPageDesigner" endspan--><A id=Hyperlink1 href="" name=Hyperlink1><FONT

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ID: 8171494
communicate:  that really wasn't what I was looking for but thanks for the help

here is the link to the dll file if you want it:
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Author Comment

ID: 8171504
make sure you right click the link and do save as

Author Comment

ID: 8177997
Thanks for mentioning VB I would have never thought of that!

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ID: 8178666
great stuff! thanks for sharing and thanks for the points ;)

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