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Issue 7249: Request for CTRL-F 'find dialog' to open during new tab session
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Status:  WontFix
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Closed:  Jul 2009

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Reported by, Jan 30, 2009
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What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. CTRL-F on current page
2. Click on "+" option to open a new tab

What is the expected result?
I would expect the new tab to open along with a 'find dialog' in it.

What happens instead?
The 'find dialog' is gone so one has to CTRL-F again.

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Jan 30, 2009
I don't see any reason to continue Find-in page from current page on to [New Tab].
Each tab is different.
No browser supports this.

Finnur, looks like we can close this ??

Labels: -Area-Misc Area-BrowserUI
Jan 30, 2009
That's fine with me. 

I asked for this to be filed so we could get discussion. I hadn't tried any other 
browsers and now that I think about it some more, we close the Find box on 
Navigation, so it would be inconsistent to keep it open when you open the New Tab 
page and even more inconsistent to keep it open after you navigate away (which I 
think is the intent here).
Jan 30, 2009
" would be inconsistent..." is relative to what the end user is doing in his/her 
sessions, besides, for example, put this also into the context of "nested tabs" which 
other users have asked for.

Additionally, Firefox does keep it open and I think it's a very nice feature for 
those of us who use it very often.  If not then consider an option where the find 
dialog would open always by default, which would be cool too. 

Remember searching and finding stuff is what distinguishes you guys from the rest.  
Sorry but right now CTRL-F is almost as bad as it is in IE.
Feb 17, 2009
 Issue 7797  has been merged into this issue.
Mar 7, 2009
I don't see such behavior making much sense, but perhaps there could be a "pushpin 
icon" on the search box?  By selecting it, it remains open regardless of which tab 
you're on.  De-select it and it will only be visible for that given tab.  Click the 
close icon, and the push-pin is deactivated and the search box hides.

Why this doesn't make sense to me is because the search box extends from the 
bookmarks bar... or the address bar if bookmarks are hidden... so it would appear to 
only apply to the given tab.  For a search box to remain open across multiple tabs, I 
would expect the search box to be above the tabs, or with the tabs.

That's my two cents.
Mar 9, 2009
Issue 3767 is about a "pushpin icon"
Jul 18, 2009
This only makes sense if Find becomes per-window (or global) rather than per-tab.

I can understand why this would be helpful in some use cases, but it would also be 
annoying in others.

Definitely not going to be added as an option, too fiddly.  Sorry.
Status: WontFix
Owner: ---
Jul 18, 2009
CTRL-F in Firefox isn't annoying at all to me (why would it be?!) ... on the contrary, 
their CTRL-F is very handy say while navigating content in multiple tabs opened as a 
consequence of discriminating page results returned by a web engine search.  But 
thanks, I guess I'll keep using Firefox when I'm searching stuff and Chrome for other 
types of browser sessions where finding text isn't as important.
Jul 19, 2009
#9 fabios4rulez
I opened a bug to make a discussion about making findit dialog always visible in the 
browser. that is marked as <a href="
id=17205"> issue 17205 </a>.
Jul 19, 2009
Regarding the comment about no other browser supporting CNTL-F between tabs - that's 
just not true. Firefox does that and is much easier to use for work purposes this 

CNTL F box should be visible all the time like in firefox. Although each tab is 
different, why do I need to reopen a box that I need opened at all times?

There's really no point in reopening it every time - I hardly use Chrome anymore 
because of this problem.

Sep 1, 2009
It might seem insignificant to some, but this is one of the greatest annoyances of the 
Chrome browser - would love to have the option of having a secondary 'pinned' find in 
page box that is active between tabs. Firstly it saves the hassle of having to go up 
and open it in every tab (just having the option to have find in page as 'open by 
default' would be great), and secondly it's very useful if you're searching for the 
same term across multiple tabs. And if the pinned box does become available, how about 
having it at the bottom of the page too, where it doesn't get in the way!
Sep 1, 2009
This is the biggest advantage Firefox has over Chrome and IE currently. Well, that and 
the fact that Google Docs isn't fully compatible with Chrome. Ironic...
Oct 23, 2009
Is this gonna get fixed or what??? It looks like a bunch a talk and I want it
fixed!!!  Until then I use Firefox.  It's no brainer if you had put the find box in
the right place.  Hello find should not be tab specific.  Its amazing sometimes the
simplest things get so complicated.  Stop closing my Find box.   
Mar 10, 2010
I've got to add my 2 cents that this must be fixed. A little thing like this becomes 
VERY annoying in short order and until it's fixed I'll be using Firefox to search the 
web and Chrome for Gmail. Seriously, do the Chrome developers ever use Chrome to search 
the web? If so, this would be fixed in an instant because, guess what, you're gonna 
want to search for the same text in more than one tab. Or maybe it's that they've never 
used Firefox and don't know how much better Firefox's text search feature works?
Mar 10, 2010
I'll second the above. I commonly need research a topic and require searching for the 
same exact string in many tabs. I have to reopen it and paste it in for EACH tab is 
just plain backwards...

"I can understand why this would be helpful in some use cases, but it would also be 
annoying in others."

I put forward that it is far more annoying to have to do this each time you search 
(as current) than almost any other alternative.
May 28, 2010
I would also love to see this
Sep 27, 2010
chrome "Ctrl+F" does not create search bars across multi-tags. But firefox and ie do that. Because of that, I didn't use chrome as my major web browser for a long time.
Nov 3, 2010
Please Please fix this.  Google is the most innovative company I know.  I'm used to Google being a problem solver!  Firefox has been my browser for 6 years because of this search function across tabs.  Just because FF had this function first doesn't mean you should turn your nose up at it.  Please just join ranks and offer same text search across tabs with the search box open until closed by the user!!!!!!!!  AAAAAAGGH!

Is it really that hard to get on board with this concept?  Just offer it as an option for those of us that desperately rely on this function.  It doesn't even have to be a default setting!    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
Nov 4, 2010
Why beg this bunch of arrogants? Just by using almost any other browser solves the problem.
Oct 11, 2012
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