Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Options set for the Advanced Find command remain set until you turn them off. If
you can’t seem to locate text that you know is in your document, review the settings in the
Advanced Find dialog box. Turn off the ones you no longer need.
Find an exact bit of text
There’s a difference between Pat and pat. One is a name, and the other is to lightly touch something.
To use the Find command to find one and not the other, select the Match Case option under Search
Options. That way, Pat matches only words that start with an uppercase P and have lowercase at in
Find a whole word
Use the Find Whole Words Only option to look for words such as elf and ogre without also finding
words like shelf and progress.
Find 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. You know: their and there, or deer and dear, or hear and here. How this is
useful, I’ll never know.
Oh! This isn’t a rhyming search command. If you try to use it to find everything that rhymes with
Doris, for example, it doesn’t find Boris, chorus, pylorus, or anything of the like.
Find variations of a word
Your editor informs you that no one will believe how the protagonist in your novel uses a pogo stick
to travel the South. So you make him a biker. That involves changing every variation of the word
hop hopping and hopped, for example) to ride. In Word, you put a check mark by the option Find (
type the word hop in the Find What box. Click the Find Next button and you’re on your way.
Search this way or that
Word normally searches from the insertion pointer’s position to the end of a document and then back
‘round the top again. You can override this stubbornness by placing your hand on the Find
command’s tiller in the Search drop-down list (refer to Figure 5-3 ). You have three options:
Down: When this option is chosen, Word searches from the insertion pointer’s location to the
end of your document, and then it stops.
Up: Word searches — backward — from the insertion pointer’s location to the start of your
document. Then it stops.
All: Word searches the entire document, from the insertion pointer’s location down to the end
of the document, back up to the beginning, and then back to where you started searching.