Software & Apps MS Office How to Find a Word in Word Use the word processor's search function to locate text and more by James Marshall Writer James Marshall is a pro journalist who covers technology and computer troubleshooting. He is also skilled with Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and other word processors. our editorial process James Marshall Updated on November 12, 2019 MS Office Word Excel Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email Microsoft Word includes a search function that makes it easy to search for different elements in a document, including text. Use the basic tool to look for instances of a specific word, or the advanced options to perform tasks such as replace all instances of a word with another one or search for equations. Instructions in this article apply to Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word Online. Perform a Basic Word Search To search for a specific word or phrase in Word: Go to the Home tab and select Find. Or, press Ctrl+F. In older versions of Microsft Word, select File > File Search. In the Navigation pane, enter the text you want to search for. A list of matching words displays in the Navigation pane and instances of the word are highlighted in the main document. There are three ways to cycle through the results in the Navigation pane: Press Enter to move to the next result.Select a result with the mouse.Select the Up and Down arrows to move to the previous or next result. Make any changes or edits to the document as needed. Select the Down arrow to move to the next instance of the word. Match Case, Whole Words Only, and More Beyond searching for every instance of a word, you can get more specific about what you want to find. For example, to find whole instances of a word and not every word that contains the letter combination. Or, to find instances of a word that aren't capitalized. Here's how to do an advanced search: Select Home > Find. In the Navigation pane, select the Search drop-down arrow. Choose Options. In the Find Options dialog box, choose the description that best fits what you're trying to find. For example, to find instances of a word with the same capitalization, select Match case. Select OK. Use Advanced Find Many of the choices available in the Find Options dialog box are also available in Advanced Find. Advanced Find includes the option to replace the text with something new. Based on your selection, Word replaces one instance or all instances at once. You can also replace the formatting, or change the language, paragraph, and tab settings. Find Instances of Other Elements Other options in the Navigation pane include searching for equations, tables, graphics, footnotes, endnotes, and comments.