How to switch Safari to a normal web page searching instead of finding only whole words?

Ex: there ase some words on a page: hello_world, ask_different. When I search for hello, world, ask, different - i search perfectly. But when I'm trying to search ello, ifferent, etc. - it gives me nothing.

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The find banner was set to match the starts of words by default in Safari 5.1:

This makes it default to Contains:

defaults write com.apple.Safari FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false

You have to quit and reopen Safari to apply the changes.

  • defaults don't work in macOS 10.15. But dropdown is still there. Oct 29, 2019 at 15:45

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