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Microsoft Word finder of anything in your document. Use Word Find and replace anything you want within your document.

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Using Find in Finding Text and More
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Using Find in Finding Text And More

You can search for a word in a document, and even for fonts, special characters, and formats.

Word Office Helper The Edit ► Replace command is very powerful!

Always save your document before you use this command.

Then, if you replace text that shouldn't have been replaced, you can close your document without saving it, open your document again, and get your original document back.

Remember, you can also use the Undo command for small mistakes.

To search for text using the word finder, follow these steps:

1. Preferably, place the cursor at the beginning of the document.
2. Choose Edit ► Find from the menu bar. You can also press CTRL + F.
The Find dialog box will help you in finding things.
Word Finder dialog box 1
Word Office Helper You can also use the Select Browse Object button
(located at the bottom left of the window)
to get to the Find dialog box.

Word Finder: Select Browse Object button

Click the Select Browse Object button, click on the Find option (Binoculars).
3. In the "Find What" text box, type in the word or phrase that you are looking for.
4. To do a more selective search, click the "More" button. This expands the Find window with more options to choose from.
The More option in the word finder will allow you to do a more specified search.
Word Finder: Find dialog box 2
5. Make your choice from the Search Options group in the word finder:

Search - Click the down arrow and choose All, Up, or Down to search the whole document, search from the cursor position upward, or search from the cursor position downward, respectively.

Match Case - Searches for words with upper- and lowercase letters that exactly match those in the Find What box.  With this box selected, a search for bow finds that word, but not Bow or BOW.

Find Whole Words Only - Normally, a search for bow yields elbow, bowler, bowwow, and other words with the letters b-o-w (in that order).  Click this option and you only get bow.

Use Wildcards - Click here if you intend to use wildcards in searches.

Sounds Like - Looks for words that sounds like the one in the Find What box. A search for bow with this option selected finds beau, for example.

Find All Word Forms - Takes into account verb endings and plurals. With this option clicked, you get bows, bowing, and bowed, as well as bow.
6. To search for words, paragraphs, tab settings, and styles, among other things, that are formatted a certain way, click the "Format" button and choose an option from the menu. 

You'll see the familiar dialog box you used in the first place to format the text.
7. Click the "Special" button to look for format characters, manual page breaks, and other unusual stuff.
8. That "No Formatting" button is there so you can clear all the formatting from the "Find What" box.
  Click the "Less" button to shrink the dialog box and get more room to work on-screen.
7. Click the "Find Next" button if you are looking for a simple word or phrase.

The current occurrence will be highlighted in the document by the word finder. To go to the next occurrence, click "Find Next" again.

Word Office Helper You can also close the Find and Replace dialog box and click either the Previous Find/Go To or Next Find/Go To button
(the Select Browse Object button
at the bottom right of the screen).

You can also press CTRL + PageUp or CTRL + PageDown
to go to the previous or next instance of the thing you are looking for.
See also... Using Find & Replace
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