In this tutorial, we search words and replace them in Google Docs. We recommend you study this manual carefully and start practicing.
Searching within a Google Document means either finding a particular word or phrase across the document or the advanced find and replace function.
Search Words in Google Docs
- First, let’s find a particular word in a document. The search menu opens up by pressing the Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut on a PC or Command + F on a Mac
- After the search menu opens on the top right, enter a specific word or phrase that you want to find in the entire document to, let’s say, correct the mistake. Be aware that the word or phrase has to be entered identically. Either way, the search menu just won’t find it
- As a sample, we`ll enter “template”. And here, with green color, it highlights for us all matches found across the document. By the way, we can easily distinguish them from other words on the page. And you also may want to use these up and down buttons to quickly jump from one match to another (you will see on the screenshots)
Find and Replace Words in Google Docs
The next step is the find and replace function, allowing you to find all matching words across the document and replace them with other words separately or all at once.
- To start, go to the Edit item on the top toolbar and press it. Drag your cursor down to the last item Find and replace. Press it. Or use a Ctrl + H shortcut
- Now in this window, you basically do the same thing. Enter a word. We’ll choose a “template”, for example. And the algorithm will highlight with green color for us all matches found across the whole document, as you can see. And it will tell us how many matches it found here
- Now we want to replace a “template” with a “draft”. We enter “draft” and click Replace. Here we go. It has just replaced the first word
- Now the second thing that we can do here is to replace all matching words in the document. So again, you got a word to find. And the word to replace it with. And you go down to the Replace all button and press it. Now there’s no “template” word in the entire document, but there are “draft” words now. And that’s how it is done
We hope this brief tutorial will help you search for words and replace them in Google Docs. Good luck!