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How to Use the Word 2010 Find Command

By Dan Gookin

Word 2010 can quickly and graphically find text in your document, from the teeniest tidbit of text to the world’s longest run-on sentence. This search is handled by Word’s Find command. You can use this command in two different places.

Searching with the Word 2010 Navigation pane

The Navigation pane provides you with an easy way to search your document:

  1. On the Home tab, click the Find button in the Editing group.


    You can also use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+F. Clicking the Find button or pressing Ctrl+F summons the Navigation pane.

  2. In the Find What text box, type the text you want to find.

    While you type, matching text is highlighted in the document. Depending on which tab is chosen in the Navigation pane, you see matching results beneath the text box.

    When text can’t be found, the Navigation pane’s text box briefly shows red. The text No Matches appears. Try again.

  3. Page through the search results until you find the exact chunk of text you want.

    While you page, the document scrolls to find the next matching bit of text.

  4. Close the Navigation pane when you’re done hunting down text.

Using the Word Find and Replace dialog box

Word’s traditional Find command isn’t as fancy as using the Navigation pane, but it offers more features:

  1. Press Ctrl+G.

    The Find and Replace dialog box appears, with the Go To tab displayed.

  2. Click the Find tab in the Find and Replace dialog box.


  3. Type the text you want to find into the Find What text box.

    You can use the drop-down arrow gizmo (to the right of the Find What text box) to display a scrolling list of text you’ve previously searched for. To search again for a bit of text you’ve already searched for, click the drop-down arrow and click the text you want to find again. Click the Find Next button, and Word frantically begins searching.

  4. Click the Find Next button.

    Word searches your document from the insertion pointer’s position to the end of the document.

    If the text you’re looking for isn’t found, Word lets you know; click the OK button to dismiss the dismal warning.

  5. You can continue to click the Find Next button until the text you want is located.

  6. Click the Cancel button to close the Find and Replace dialog box.

    After using the Find command, you can use the Browse Down button to continue your finding foray.

  7. Click the Browse Down button (or press Ctrl+PgDn) if you want to continue locating the text you’re searching for.