Highlight Search Terms with Google Toolbar

Summary: How to highlight words in  Google Search results.   How to use the Google Toolbar to highlight words in  Google Search results.  How to use the Google cache link to highlight words in  Google Search results.

My friend Sarah asked me how some search words were highlighted on a page of results from a URL link she recently clicked on in her email.   It is much easier to quickly find sentences or passages on a page that are directly related to your search when query search words are automatically highlighted on search target results.   The link that Sarah clicked in her email was to the “Google Cache.”  The Google cache is a “snapshot” Google makes of a website at a certain moment in time when the Google “spider” crawls the site for indexing.

Note that the each search word in your search string will be highlighted in a different pastel color.    To group words so that they appear in the same color,  use parentheses around the words that you wish to group together.    For example to highlight “Mazda” in one color, and “Radio Removal” in another color, your query string should be written with parenthesis surrounding the words “Radio Removal” like this:   Mazda “Radio Removal”

Highlighting Search Words in Search Results using the  Google “Cache” Link:

To have your search words appear highlighted in the pages of your search results,  first perform your Google search, then click the “cache” link when it is available (just below the list of search results).  Unfortunately, because the information is “cached,” it may not be as current that the information in the regular results link.   Read further to learn how to highlight words in current search results instead of cached results.


Highlighting Search Words using the  Google Toolbar Highlighter

Most people would prefer current search results instead of cached results.  So, to display highlighted search words in current search results,  search with the  Google Toolbar installed and the Google highlighter  button enabled.  See the steps in the table below.

Highlighting Search Words on ANY WEBPAGE the  Google Toolbar Highlighter

The Google Highlighter will highlight words on ANY webpage.    Simply type the words you want to highlight in the text box on the Google Toolbar, then enable the “Highlight” button on the toolbar.   For example, if I want to easily view each place the words “radio removal” appear on any web page, with the page loaded I type “radio removal” in the Google toolbar and click the highlight button, to enable it.

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How to Highlight Search Terms in Google Search Results using the Google Toolbar

The Google Highlighter is one of the buttons on the Google Toolbar.  The Google Toolbar is free and is available for the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers at http://tool

bar.google.com

Step 1:  Locate the highlighter on the Google Toolbar
Step 1: On the Google toolbar, locate the highlighter button and click on it to toggle it on or off. If the highlighter icon isn't visible on your Google toolbar, click the down arrow on the toolbar and you'll probably find the highlighter icon in the drop down list.   when the Google Toolbar Options dialog appears, note that you can enable “Highlight Search Results” and you can enable “Find and Highlight Words on a Web Page.”


Step 2: Enable the highlighter on the Google Toolbar Step 2: On the Google toolbar, locate the highlighter button and click on it to toggle it on or off. If the highlighter icon isn't visible on your Google toolbar, click the down arrow on the toolbar and you'll probably find the highlighter icon in the drop down list.

Step 3: Type your search term then click the Search button
Step 3: Type your search in the Google toolbar textbox and click the search button on the Google toolbar.  Note: the results will *not* be highlighted if you use a non-Google text box for the search.
Step 4: (optional) Revise highlighted text
Step 4: The Google search results that appear in your browser will look like any other Google search.  However, when you click on any of the result links, your search words will be appear in various pastel highlighted colors on the target page.
Step 5:  Highlight words on ANY page.
Step 5: You can highlight words on the currently displayed page if you have enabled “Find and Highlight Words on a Web Page” in the Google Toolbar Options.   Simply click the Highlight button and type the words to highlight in the Google Toolbar textbox.

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Resources

  • Optional:  Google Toolbar:  http://toolbar.google.com

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Image captures and photographs by Chuck Eglinton

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