How to Use the Super Find Command in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

You can use the Find command to find text exactly as it’s typed, text you cannot type, formatting commands, and just about anything in your Word 2007 document.


  • Finding an exact bit of text

    To find Curt instead of curt, select the Match Case option under Search Options. That way, Curt matches only words that start with an uppercase C and contain lowercase urt.

  • Finding a whole word

    The Find Whole Words Only option allows you to look for words such as right and set without also finding words like alright and upset.

  • Finding text by using wildcards

    You can use wildcards to find words that you know only a part of, or a group of words with similar letters. The two basic wildcard characters are ? and *, where ? represents any single letter and * represents a group of letters.

  • Finding text that sounds like something else

    The Sounds Like (English) option allows you to search for homonyms, or words that sound the same as the search word.

  • Finding variations of a word

    To make Word search for every variation of walk (walking, walked, and so on), type walk in the Find What box and select the Find All Word Forms (English) option.

  • Searching this way or that

    In the Search drop-down list, select the All option to search the entire document, the Down option to search from the cursor’s location to the end of your document, and the Up option to search from the cursor’s location to the start of your document, backward.