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How to search for text in Word

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Microsoft Word offers a function that allows you to search for text in a document. You can also use advanced settings to make your search more specific, such as capital search or punctuation. Here's how to use it.

Searching for Text in a Word Doc

To search for text in Word, you must open the "Navigation" pane. You can do this by selecting "Search" in the "Edit" group of the "Start" tab.

  Option Search in edit group

An alternative method to access this panel is by using the Ctrl + F shortcut key on Windows or Command + F on Mac.

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Enter the desired text in the "Navigation" pane. The number of copies that text appears in the document is displayed.

 enter a word in the search box

You can navigate through the search results by selecting the up and down arrows below the search box or by directly clicking on the result fragment in the navigation pane.

 Navigating the search results

Setting advanced search functions

The reservation with the basic search function is that many things are not taken into account such as the case of the letters in the text. This is a problem if you are looking for a document that contains a lot of content, such as a book or thesis.

You can refine these details by going to the "Edit" group of the "Start" tab, select the arrow next to "Search", and select "Advanced Search" from the drop-down list.

 Advanced Search Option

The "Search and Replace" window appears. Select "More".

 More option in Search and replace

In the "Search options" group, select the check box next to the options that you want to enable.

 Match Case Option

Now, the next time you search for text in Word, the search will work with the selected advanced options.

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