How To Replace Words In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to replace words in Google Docs.

How To Replace Words In Google Docs

Do you ever find yourself needing to make multiple edits to a document? Whether it’s replacing a certain word or phrase, or making a global edit to every instance of a word in a document, it can be time-consuming and tedious to do it manually.Fortunately, Google Docs has a powerful Find-and-replace tool that allows users to quickly highlight and replace every instance of a particular word or phrase. The tool also comes with various options to help refine your search. For example, you can choose whether the tool will ignore the case of a given text when performing the search.In this guide, we will show you how to use the Find and Replace feature in Google Docs speed up the process of editing your document.

How to use Find-and-Replace Tool in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use the find-and-replace tool in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to replace words in.

Step 2

Click on Edit > Find and replace to open the Find and replace dialog box. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H (Cmd + H for Mac users).

Step 3

Type the string you want to replace and the string you want to replace that word with in the provided text box. Google Docs will highlight all instances of the string in your document.

In this example, we want to replace all instances of “et” to “ET”.

Step 4

You can click on the Previous and Next buttons to cycle through each instance of the word you want to replace.

Step 5

You can choose to replace the currently-selected instance by clicking on Replace. Alternatively, you can choose to replace all instances by clicking Replace all.

In addition, you can select the “Match case” option to ensure that the search is case-sensitive.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to replace words in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.