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How can I tell Firefox that it's searching in the wrong frame of a website?

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Problem exists between keyboard and chair.

When using a website with frames, there does not seem to be a way to let Firefox know if it's Find (Ctrl+F) command is searching in the wrong frame. I'm attempting to search the Java 6 SE API (http://download.oracle.com/javase/6/d.../api/), for example, but I can't figure out how to make Firefox search through the index frame.

This problem appears in (at least) Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 for Linux Mint. On Windows Vista, Firefox 3.6 does not suffer from this problem--it can sometimes be cumbersome to search through what you want (e.g. it will search through the frame you don't want first, then move to the other) but that's a minor inconvenience compared to not being able to search in the correct frame at all.

''Problem exists between keyboard and chair.'' When using a website with frames, there does not seem to be a way to let Firefox know if it's Find (Ctrl+F) command is searching in the wrong frame. I'm attempting to search the Java 6 SE API ([http://download.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/api/]), for example, but I can't figure out how to make Firefox search through the index frame. This problem appears in (at least) Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 for Linux Mint. On Windows Vista, Firefox 3.6 does not suffer from this problem--it can sometimes be cumbersome to search through what you want (e.g. it will search through the frame you don't want first, then move to the other) but that's a minor inconvenience compared to not being able to search in the correct frame at all.

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Not sure why I had this problem with 3.6, but the only reason it existed for me in 4.0 is because the "Match case" check box was enabled and I did not realize it...

Not sure why I had this problem with 3.6, but the only reason it existed for me in 4.0 is because the "Match case" check box was enabled and I did not realize it...
hyperkang 0 solutions 1 answers

I encounter the same issue with Firefox 13.0. My work around is to search for "previous one", which will skip the "wrong" frame quickly - instead of stepping through all matched items in the current frame.

I encounter the same issue with Firefox 13.0. My work around is to search for "previous one", which will skip the "wrong" frame quickly - instead of stepping through all matched items in the current frame.