The “Find Feature”

By Deane Barker on May 2, 2007

I love this. Here’s how you approximate bookmarks in a text file being viewed in a browser:

To quickly jump to a section, use the Find feature!

  • Look to the right of the section you need to find its five digit “search code”.

  • Highlight all five digits of the code.

  • Press CTRL + C

  • Press CTRL + F

  • Press CTRL + V

  • Press Enter and you’ll be taken directly to the section.

The “search code,” of course, is just a unique string that appears in the table of contents and the actual section content.



  1. I’ve been reading this site for a long time, and this is the first time I’m completely confused by a post. For some reason, I have NO idea what you’re talking about.

  2. I’m with Paul.

    Is this some sort of April Fool’s – Round #2 (May 2nd) tradition of which I am unaware?

  3. This idea has been in use for a long time at places like GameFAQs and whatnot.

    How it works:

    Your text file starts with a table of contents like

    I. Introduction #75783 II. Not Introduction #36921 III. Not Conclusion #01820 IV. Conclusion #18430

    Then throughout the document you have

    I. Introduction #75783 This is the introduction of this document blah blah blah…. . . . II. Not Introduction #36921 This is not the introduction of this document blah blah blah….. . . .


    I don’t care how you section it off or how you choose your codes, just make sure that the codes are only in use in these two places.

    Now, whenever you need to get to a specific section (such as Not Conclusion), you copy the code from the table of contents and use the find function to find the other location of the code, bringing you directly to where you want to go.

  4. Am I the only person who thought you could just search for the sub headings, in most cases that would work.

  5. @Tony

    Well, yeah, that works until your subheadings are phrases common throughout the document. I mean, I don’t know what Deane was thinking of using this for, but my example, at GameFAQs, the headings are almost always used at least a dozen times throughout the document because they are names of areas or enemies or something else recurring.

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