I think I may be the last person with any "tech sense" to use IE 6 for personal use. I have stuck with it mainly because of some twisted sense of allegiance. However, I have come to the conclusion that unless IE gives the ability to do inline searches I will have to assiduously (I have been trying to use this word for weeks) avoid it.
Firefox has the page search feature perfected. As soon as you hit CTRL-F it brings up a Toolbar at the bottom of the page that does not disturb the natural flow of your work. As soon as I begin to type, it begins to highlight the first instance of the search or goes red to indicate that the search has no hits.
It just makes sense. Does IE7 have this, I doubt it ... I just doubt it.