Running the command org-open-at-point on an external link such as


causes the file file.txt to be opened in a separate buffer and the cursor to be placed on the first occurrence of the string "foo", if such a search is successful.

Unfortunately the same principle does not apply for a web link such as


as the external browser is fed the whole text of the link, in this case http://site.com::foo, doing no a posteriori search.

Is there a way to create a web link in an org-mode file which would cause the browser to load a page and then search for a text in it?

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I think this feature is not about Org. The first example works because the link opens in emacs, and emacs supports search. You can also open a PDF in an external app and jump to a page because the apps support opening on a page. Browsers generally don't support the behavior you described.

If you can script this behavior from outside of Emacs, for example with apple script or a shell script, then you could have a link open that script with the URL and the keyboard.

  • Thanks very much for your answer. I am not sure how to write a shell script that will do what you say so I'd really appreciate some hints or reference to manuals. I do knw how to write a shell script, but my main dark spot is how to communicate with the browser via a script. One or two lines exemplifying this behavour would also be greatly appreciated!
    – Ruy
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 22:32
  • It depends on your OS and browser. On Mac, you'd probably use AppleScript. On Linux, xdotool can send keystrokes to arbitrary appliations (see unix.stackexchange.com/questions/87831/…). This is now a separate question that you should open on probably a different SE site.
    – mankoff
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 13:37
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    Thanks for the pointer. That gives me a very good place to start! Incidentally I found another satisfactory solution, at least for Chrome, which is to append #:~:text=<Searchstring> to your URL and Chrome will open the site and do the search. For example, the following URL will load your profile page and highlight your gold badge https://emacs.stackexchange.com/users/91/mankoff#:~:text=Famous%20Question
    – Ruy
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 15:35

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