How to...
  • Search a Webpage for Keywords
  • Print All or Portions of a Document
  • Visually Enhance Accessibility

Find a Word on Page

If you use Internet Explorer (AOL's browser is an IE variant and operates somewhat differently; Netscape varies slightly but operates similarly to IE), it is very easy to search for keywords on a page.  Simply hold the Ctrl key down and tap F (find), type in the key word and press enter or click on Find Next button.  Alternatively, select Edit and Find from the drop-down menu. 

You can also select options to find the whole word only or to match the case, and whether to search forward or backward.  If you don't select the whole word option, the search will return all cases where the key word is included in another word as well.  For instance, a search for "gender" will find both "transgender" and "gender" if the whole word only box is not checked.

Try it out on this web page by using Ctrl and tapping F (case does not matter); type in "print" (without the quotes), and hit the Enter key.  Unless you have clicked the mouse cursor elsewhere on the page, it will find the Print... option title at the top of the page.  Click Find Next and it will return to this paragraph.

If you need specific help with your Internet browser, just drop an e-mail note to Tere Prasse.

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Print Document or Selection

Like many websites that use colors other than black text on a light background, this site may cause problems if the background is not printed with the text (it's a print option you can select from you Internet Explorer Internet Options under Tools - Advanced tab).

There is a simple, and actually advantageous, way around this if you do not wish to print the background.  Simply copy and paste the text into a word processor and change the font color to black.  The advantage is that now you can save the text and manipulate it as needed -- this usually results in fewer pages for the printout.

To select an entire page of text and any graphics, do a right mouse button click on a blank area of the page; click on Select All.  Right click again any highlighted portion and click on Copy.   Open up your word processor, right mouse click at the insertion point and click on Paste.  Then Select All (usually on the Edit drop down menu), and format the font color to black (or any other color that suits your purposes).  Once you get the hang of it, it only takes seconds, and you will probably have a better looking document to work with.

You can also select just a portion of the text to print by placing the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to use, holding the left button down and dragging the cursor to the end of your selection.  Then follow the same technique above to copy and paste.  This is a great way to grab cites from this website to include in another document (just be sure to give this website credit in your citation since material is copyrighted).

Here is this web page pasted into Microsoft Word 2000 -- it took less than 10 seconds to do it including changing all the text to black. Notice in particular that the text on this page that was white ("Find a Word on Page") is now black and readable.

You can try the technique out on this web page.  Look at all the options the right click gives you.  Where you right click on the page determines the options available.  For instance, if you right click on a picture or graphic, you have the option to save or copy it.

If you need specific help with your Internet browser or word processor, just drop an e-mail note to Tere Prasse.  All major word processors and Internet browsers are loaded on my computers. 

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Visually Enhance Accessibility

You have three options to enhance readability of documents on this website.  The first option is to use one of the Accessibility options that are included with all versions of Microsoft operating systems since Windows '95 OSR2 and Windows NT SP4.  Simply go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, and select an appropriate enhancement for your needs.  You can also set these through the Control Panel Accessibility applet.

The second option is to use Internet Explorer and go to Tools and then Internet Options from the drop-down menu.  At the bottom of the dialog box, you will see buttons to select text font, color, and size, along with accessibility options to turn off all web page formatting, and setting both the text and background colors to meet your needs (for instance white letters on a black background).  This is probably the best option to use for browsing the website since it is easy and can be quickly configured or reconfigured.  The steps and different results are shown below (hyperlink colors can be changed using the colors button).


The third option is to use the copy and paste option outlined above under printing, and set the colors and text size to something that is easily readable.  Many may find the copy and paste option more desirable if you have any intent to print the document.

If you need specific help with accessibility, just drop an e-mail note to Tere Prasse.

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All material on this website
copyright to Phyllis Randolph Frye. Esq.
(unless otherwise annotated)
January 2001, Houston, Texas

Page last updated: Sunday, February 18, 2001 11:03 AM