How to Search for a Word in a Word Document

When working with particularly long Microsoft Word documents, it can be handy to use the application's built-in functions for finding specific words or phrases in the text.

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Click inside the document, placing the cursor in front of the first word.

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Click "Find," located in the Editing group of the Home tab. Alternatively, press "Ctrl-F."

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Type the word you're searching for in the "Find What" field.

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Click "Find Next." The application highlights the first instance of the specified word in the document. To find any additional instances of the word, click "Find Next" again. Click "Cancel" to close the "Find and Replace" dialog window and remain on the most recently found instance of the word.