Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You can use keyboard shortcuts to search up or down. The Ctrl+PgDn key combination
repeats the last search downward; the Ctrl+PgUp key combination repeats the most recent
Finding stuff you can’t type
You can search for certain items in a document that you just cannot type at the keyboard. No, I’m
not talking about nasty things — this isn’t a censorship issue. Instead, I’m referring to items such as
tabs, Enter keys (paragraphs), page breaks, graphics, and other, similar nontypeable things.
The techniques described in the sections that follow use the Advanced Find dialog box, described in
Find special characters
To hunt down untypeable characters in your document, click the Special button in the Advanced
Find dialog box. Up pops a list of 22 items that Word can search for but that you would have a
dickens of a time typing.
Despite the exhaustive list, there are probably only a half dozen items you’ll eventually (if ever) use.
Any Character, Any Digit, and Any Letter are special characters that represent, well, just
about anything. These items can be used as wild cards for matching lots of stuff.
Caret Character allows you to search for a caret (^) symbol, which may not seem like a big
deal, but it is: Word uses the ^ symbol in a special way for finding text; see the next section.
Paragraph Mark (¶) is a special character that’s the same as the Enter character — the one you
press to end a paragraph.
Tab Character moves the cursor to the next tab mark.
White Space is any number of blank characters: one or more spaces, tabs, empty lines, or a
combination of each one.
Use ^ to find special characters
It’s possible, although nerdy, to manually type the special characters into the Find What text box. Although
this method avoids using the Special menu, which can be big and baffling, it means that you need to