Firefox add-on for searching and replacing in text fields

The screenshot of the Firefox add-on Find and Replace shows how the search can be carried out.

Do you sometimes have the case that you have to change a company name in a WordPress post or in a text that you have just written in a text field? Or an HTML tag from, for example on have to change? And that in the full text? Sometimes you just misspelled the product name in a product review. And that 3 times. In this case there is an add-on (or plug-in) for the FireFox browser.

Workaround: Copy + Paste in text editor

So far I have always helped myself in the above-mentioned cases by copying the text from the text field into my BBEdit text editor, then calling the "Find and Replace" function there and then copying the entire text back using Copy + Paste . Today I had the case again that I had to change an HTM code quite often in the WordPress editor for a customer ... the opportunity to google whether there was a FireFox addon for it. And what can I say: There is one!

"Find and Replace for Firefox"

The addon that I used is called Find and Replace for Firefox and is available for free as a download from the mozilla.org add-on collection. Once installed, Firefox would like to restart and the new function is available immediately. If you are wondering why you can't find it, it was the same for me. It is hidden behind a right click on the website, where the corresponding text field is located.

The "Find and Replace" function can be found via the context menu (right mouse button) ... the menu item is called "Find and Replace".

The "Find and Replace" function can be found via the context menu (right mouse button) ... the menu item is called "Find and Replace".

In the context menu you will then find an entry "Find and Replace", which you select. This will open a window with two fields in which you can enter the string you want to search for and below that the second string that should be used to replace the first. If you want to use the function sensitive to upper and lower case, check the box "Case sensitive" and off you go!

The screenshot of the Firefox add-on Find and Replace shows how the search can be carried out.

The screenshot of the Firefox add-on Find and Replace shows how the search can be carried out.

In the description of the add-on it is also stated that it can also use Search and Replace line breaks. I couldn't try that, but it will probably be true. It should also be noted that the search and replace can be applied to ALL text fields (HTML code ) on the page. Text fields hidden by Javascript or CSS are also searched.

Conclusion: Free, fast and super-practical

The addon comes without a lot of bells and whistles and performs its function reliably and quickly. Other users only complain that the functionality cannot be combined with the CTRL + F search of Firefox itself. It would of course be much more convenient if the standard Firefox search field had also integrated a replace field. But that's probably not that easy technically.

In short: a great little addon that enriches Firefox with an extremely practical function. I don't want to miss it anymore! : D

More complex and extensive alternative: FoxReplace

Another small addendum: I also looked at the add-on when doing research "FoxReplaceThis also makes the search and replace functionality, but not only in text fields, but even in scripts and other areas. It also understands Regex and can even replace text strings in the source code with a stored list when loading websites. If you like it a little more complex and powerful, you can take a look at the Firefox add-on! It was not suitable for my purposes.

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