How to Find Duplicate Words in Microsoft Word

By Jacob Michael

Microsoft Word’s Find and Replace utility is a powerful tool that allows users to quickly search through their documents for specific words and phrases. Another use of this tool is to find duplicate words in a body of text using the highlight option, which displays repeated words so that you can easily review and edit the text to eliminate word repetition.

Step 1

Click the “Find” menu on the “Home” tab of the Ribbon and select “Advanced Find.”

Step 2

Enter the word you wish to find duplicates of into the “Find What” input box.

Step 3

Select other options in the “Search Options” section as needed; using search options such as “Match Case” and “Find Whole Words Only” makes your search more specific.

Step 4

Click the “Reading Highlight” menu and click “Highlight All.”

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove highlights from the duplicate words, click the “Reading Highlight” menu and select “Clear Highlighting.”
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Office 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.