Can You Search on a Kindle?


Amazon's Kindle e-reader can contain many books, each one of which is fully searchable. You can search for a string of text, numbers and symbols in any book in your Kindle, or in all of them, and you can also use the Kindle's additional search features to look up a search string in a dictionary, the Kindle Store or various websites.

Searching Within Book

  • Open a book on the Kindle by selecting it from the main screen with the five-way control and pressing the central button. Press the "Menu" key, select "Search This Book" and use the keyboard to enter the string you want to search for. To enter numbers and symbols, press the "Sym" key and select the ones you want. When you press "Enter," a list will appear of all the places in the book where the search string appears. Select a result from the list to jump to it in the book.

Searching All Books

  • Go to the Kindle's home screen by pressing the "Home" button. Press the "Menu" key, select "Search," and enter the string you want to search for in the box that appears -- again, using the "Sym" key to enter numbers and symbols. Select "Search My Items" and a list will appear of every book on your Kindle in which the string appears, along with the number of appearances. Select a book to view a list of individual instances within the book, and select one of those to jump to it.

Searching Dictionaries

  • From the same "Search" screen you use to search all your books, you can select "Search Dictionary" instead. The Kindle will search your default dictionary for the word you entered. The default dictionary can be any dictionary you download, as well as any of the ones that came with your Kindle -- to set a new default dictionary, go to the Home screen, press "Menu," select "Settings," press "Menu" again and select "Change Primary Dictionary."

Searching Websites

  • Still from this same "Search" screen, you can select "Search Kindle Store," "Search Google" or "Search Wikipedia," to send your search query to one of those websites. You can also enter a valid Web address and select "Go To Web" to point the Kindle's browser there. Note that this requires that the Kindle's wireless is turned on -- if it isn't, you'll see a dialog box prompting you to activate it.

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