I use Internet Explorer as well as Firefox for a variety of reasons and am constantly irritated at IE’s “Find on this page” functionality. You know – where IE pops up that irritating search box, Firefox just adds a search bar to the bottom of the window. In computer science parlance, the IE search box is “modal” and prevents you from doing anything else in that window until it is closed, while the Firefox search bar is “non modal” and allows full functionality of the browser window. However, you don’t need the technical explanation to learn how to fix it.
The solution is simple – just download and install the free Inline Search add-on for Internet Explorer (v5.5 and above). Installation isn’t as slick as for Firefox add-ons, but it isn’t difficult.