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Very often I have to read and search through web documentation. Huge documents with several megabytes of almost plain text on a single page.

What I really need is a wildcard or regexp search over such pages. So I could write in search-box something like:

Install*Windows

And find places in a document like:

Installing application on Windows platform...

Is it possible in one of the browsers? Is there plugins to achieve this?

P.S. Especially I will appreciate answers for Google Chrome since it is my everyday browser. But I was unable to find anything like this.

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Not a web-app, but if you are willing to save a copy to local disc, Agent Ransack works very well searching for text strings. It also supports REGEX... mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home –  Dallas Oct 16 '12 at 4:09
    
There are Chrome extensions for this, e.g. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/regular-expression-search/… –  Vidar Ramdal Oct 16 '12 at 7:14
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The search/find-in-page function of Chrome has been fairly limited (supposedly on purpose) since the beginning and whenever users ask for more options, the developers specifically refuse and reject the feature requests. For example, there is no case-sensitivity, no diacritic-sensitivity, and no regular expressions. As you can see, most requests have been shut down as WontFix.

You will have to use an extensions to get regex search like the one suggested in the request thread.

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Fastest Search seems to do the job for Firefox. Note, however, that matching the begin / end of a line probably does not work as expect if you just use the caret (^) or dollar ($) as usual. For HTML it's unclear what these should match as the browser may wrap the text according to its window width. For plain text you have to use (^|[\n\r]+) or ([\n\r]+|$) to get the usual matching.

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You will find this Chrome extension very useful:

ExtensionefTwo (F2) - Advanced Find on Page

just open up your new search box (tap F twice), type in the words you are looking for and efTwo will highlight all words on the page,


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There is a Youtube video as well.

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