When a website hijacks the Ctrl+F combination (like Slack does), how can I activate Chrome's search-in-page function? Is there a mouse equivalent to Ctrl+F?

I've seen ways to disable the site's capture of the shortcut, but what I want is to leave the site alone while also accessing the browser's own functionality.

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Not sure if this will work for you (I don't know slack app that you mention) but press the 3 horizontal lines in the upper right and choose find from there or you can use Alt+E to get the same functionality. Also you can use F3 to get the find bar to pop down.

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    On Mac OS X, you can add a different shortcut by opening the Chrome menu and going to Services -> App Shortcuts. Mar 21, 2016 at 9:10
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    Mac is removing the Function row so F3 is unavailable. Also Alt+E just opens the triple dot dropdown, which leaves us back to square one. Ctrl-F is the only option, and it can't be remapped. next action is removal of the Control, Alt, Fn, and butterfly keys to replace with buy it now buttons. Jan 11, 2019 at 18:34

Press alt then ctrl + f

(Explanation: pressing alt gets the focus off the page, and into the browser's menus, allowing ctrl + f work normally. Another way to accomplish the same is alt + e then f.)

May the administrators of websites which choose to hijack the browser's search function be cursed with unexplainable, intermittent, non-reproducible, errors and episodes of degraded performance.

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    Blizzard does this and it's foking annoying. us.forums.blizzard.com/en/hearthstone/t/…
    – NoName
    Jun 26, 2020 at 6:56
  • It's very strange as I have this happen on my laptop often, but seem to use the same apps as my desktop and it never does. This fixes it though - I can switch between a ton of apps, but this fixes it? Strange. Think it may be YouTube musics local client. Sep 27, 2020 at 5:38
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    For me "alt then ctrl+f" did not work but "alt+e then f" did.
    – Kvothe
    May 21, 2021 at 9:53
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    Screw Jeff Atwood for hijacking Ctrl+F in Discourse. (... otherwise he seems like a decent human.)
    – zylstra
    Jul 8, 2021 at 23:02

On one website that hijacked both ctrl+f and F3 (both normally popping up the browser search box), I was able to access the browser search functionality by either (but ymmv):

  • navigating the menus via keyboard shortcuts, i.e., alt+e ctrl+f (as the other answer, but just pressing alt alone didn't work);
  • or, simply pressing twice in rapid succession, ctrl+f ctrl+f, and although the first was captured by the webpage, the second popped up the browser search box.

Definitely a sledgehammer-to-push-in-a-thumbtack-solution but Vimium has find functionality it implements independently of Chrome's (perhaps in JS).

/ : Enter find mode

Example Usage

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