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Microsoft Word provides a feature that allows you to search for text within a document. You can also use advanced settings to make your search more specific, such as case matching or ignoring punctuation. Here’s how to use it.

Finding Text in a Word Doc

To search for text in Word, you’ll need to access the “Navigation” pane. You can do so by selecting “Find” in the “Editing” group of the “Home” tab.

Find option in editing group

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

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With the “Navigation” pane open, enter the text you want to find. The number of instances that text appears throughout the document will be displayed.

enter a word in the search box

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

Navigating the search results

Setting Advanced Search Features

The caveat with the basic search function is that it doesn’t take into account many things such, as the case of the letters in the text. This is a problem if you’re searching a document that contains a lot of content, such as a book or thesis.

You can fine-tune these details by going to the “Editing” group of the “Home” tab, selecting the arrow next to “Find,” and selecting “Advanced Find” from the drop-down list.

Advanced Find option

The “Find and Replace” window will appear. Select “More.”

More option in Find and Replace

In the “Search Options” group, check the box next to the options 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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