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Part 8. Handy Editing Techniques > Searching for Text

Searching for Text

Open the Edit menu and choose Find to open the Find and Replace dialog box with the Find tab displayed.

Type the text that you want to find in the Find what text box.

Click the Find Next button.

INTRODUCTION

If you frequently type long documents, you have probably had the experience of scrolling through each page trying to find all the places where you used a particular word or phrase. Word can help you with this process, searching for text quickly and accurately.


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Using More Options in Your Search

If you want to be more specific about what text you're looking for, click the More button at the bottom of the Find and Replace dialog box to display more options. Two options you may use frequently are Match case, which tells Word to only find text that matches the uppercase and lowercase you have used in the Find what text box, and Find whole words only, which tells Word to only find your text if is not part of another word. (So if you are searching for bench, it would not find the word benchmark.) To hide the options again, click the Less button.


Word highlights the first occurrence of the text you typed.

Continue clicking the Find Next button to look for more matches.

Click OK when Word informs you that it has finished searching the document, and then click the Cancel button in the Find and Replace dialog box to close it.


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