Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
As you page, the document scrolls to find the next matching bit of text. Text is highlighted in
your document, which makes visually searching easier.
4. Close the Navigation pane when you’re done hunting down text.
When text can’t be found, the Navigation pane tells you that it can’t find the text. It uses the
pronoun we, which I find disturbing.
The Navigation pane may already display text in the Find What box. If so, you can delete the
text by pressing the Backspace key.
Do not end the text with a period unless you want to find the period, too.
The Find command can find elements that you can’t readily type, such as the Tab key or Enter
key. See the section “Finding stuff you can’t type,” later in this chapter.
If you’re not sure whether the text is typed in uppercase or lowercase letters, use
If the text isn’t found and you’re certain that it’s in there, check your spelling. If it’s correct, try
searching for a single word rather than two or more words or a sentence.
Word finds text only in the current document (the one you see on the screen). To find text in
another document, switch to that document’s window and try searching again.
Scouring your document with Advanced Find
The Navigation pane is sweet, like the ideal prom date. But you don’t really want the ideal prom
date. No, you desire a date that you don’t necessarily want to show Mom and Dad. In Word, the
prom date you really want for finding text is the traditional Find dialog box, the one that lived in the
neighborhood before the Navigation pane rolled into town.
To unleash the Advanced Find command, obey these steps:
1. Ensure that your parents don’t know what you’re up to.
2. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon, if necessary.
You need to access the Editing group, which is found on the Home tab.
3. Click the menu arrow by the Find command in the Editing group.
The arrow is that down-pointing triangle next to the Find command button.
4. Choose Advanced Find.