Using Find and Replace

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 2, 2014)

When you are working with documents of any length at all, there is no doubt that you may need to search for a phrase ("I know it has to be here somewhere!") or replace some text with other text. Google Docs makes this easy to do using the Find and Replace dialog box.

To display the dialog box, simply click the Edit menu and then choose Find and Replace. The dialog box pops up in plain view. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Find and Replace dialog box.

Simply put what you want to search for into the Find box and what you want to replace it with into the Replace With box. (If you only want to find and don't want to replace, leave the Replace With box empty.) If uppercase and lowercase letters matter in what you entered, select that check box.

Now you can use the controls at the bottom of the screen to control you search. Use Next and Prev (previous) to move between instances of text that match what you put in the Find box. As each instance is highlighted, you can click the Replace button if you want to replace it. If you want to throw caution to the wind and replace all instances of the Find text, then the Replace All button is what you need to click.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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