How To Search For A Word In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to search for a word in google docs.

How To Search For A Word In Google Docs

Searching for a word or phrase in a document can be a tedious process if done manually. Fortunately, Google Docs provides a convenient way to quickly search for words and phrases that appear in a document.

Google Docs includes two main features that search for text: the Find feature and the Find and Replace feature. In this guide, we will show you how to use these features to search for a word in your document.

How To Search In Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to search in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to search.

Step 2

Press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + f (⌘ + f on a Mac) to access the Find feature.

A pop-up will appear in the upper-right corner of your document.

Step 3

Enter the word you want to search for in the provided search bar. All instances of the provided string will be highlighted in your document.

Step 4

You can use the up and down arrow to cycle through each instance.

Step 5

We can also search for words using the Find and replace option. You can access this feature through Edit > Find and replace. You can also type Ctrl + H (⌘ + H on a Mac) to access the Find and replace feature.

Step 6

The Find and replace tool also highlights all instances of the provided string. In addition, we can also select the Match case option to ensure that our instances have the same case as our search string.

In the example below, we can see that the results change when we edit the case of our search string.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to search for a word in Google Docs.

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