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Use the Find command to find instances of words or phrases within a document. To use the Find command:

  1. Select Find from the Editing group on the HOME tab. Find in Editing Group on Home Tab
  2. Type the word or phrase you wish to find in the Navigation pane that appears to the left of your document. In Microsoft Word 2007, you will use the Find and Replace dialog box to search instead of the Navigation pane.Navigation Pane
  3. Every instance of the word or phrase you type is both highlighted in the document and listed in the Navigation pane. Highlighted Document and Navigation Pane
  4. Use the up and down arrows (triangles) in the Navigation pane to move between the search results. Up and Down Arrows

Using a Wildcard to Find and Replace

When searching in Word, you can find multiple words using a wildcard character.

To use wildcards:

  1. Press Ctrl+F to open the Navigation pane.
  2. Select the drop-down arrow in the Search document box, and select Advanced Find. Advanced Find
  3. In the Find and Replace dialog box, select the Replace tab, and under Search Options, select the Use wildcard check box. Use Wildcards Check Box
  4. Type in the Find and Replace text boxes. Use an asterisk as the wildcard character. Click Replace to move through the found items. Find and Replace Dialog Box