Searching for Formatting

Word's Find and Replace tool allows you to search for more than just text; you can also search for character, paragraph, and style formatting. Learn how to find specific formatting in your document with the following articles.

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   Finding Text Not Using a Particular Font
Word makes it easy to find text that uses a particular font or font characteristics. What it doesn't do is make it easy to find text that doesn't use a particular font. Here's a few ways you can find the text you need.

   Putting Shift+F4 On the Quick Access Toolbar
The Shift+F4 shortcut is very helpful when you want to repeat an action, such as finding the next occurrence of whatever you are searching for. You can add this command to the Quick Access Toolbar by following the steps in this tip.

   Searching for Borders
Want to find all the paragraphs in your document that have borders applied to them? The regular Find and Replace tool won't work for this purpose. Here are a couple of ways you can find what you need, however.

   Searching for Character Formatting
Need to look for a piece of text possessing a particular formatting attribute? Here's the skinny on how this is accomplished.

   Searching for Formatting
When searching for text, Word can pay attention to more than just the characters in the text. It can also pay attention to how that text is formatted. Here's how to search for character, paragraph, and style formatting.

   Searching for Non-Black Text
Searching for text having (or not having) specific formatting is generally pretty easy. It is more difficult to search for text that is not a particular color. This tip explains how you can find just want you want by using a macro.

   Searching for Periods Not Followed by a Space
Most periods should be followed by at least one space. What if you think there may be some errors in how your post-period spacing appears? You can use the search techniques presented in this tip to locate the problem areas.

   Searching for Text with a Certain Format
The Find and Replace tool in Word is very powerful. You can use it to search not only for text but for the formatting that may be applied to text. This tip explains how you can search for just the formatting you need.

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