Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Searching for Character Formatting.

Searching for Character Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 19, 2018)

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Word has a very powerful search capability that allows you to find not just text but the formats of text as well. To search for character formatting, follow these steps if you are using Word 2007:

  1. Press Ctrl+F. Word displays the Find and Replace dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Find What box is empty.
  3. Click on the More button. The dialog box is enlarged.
  4. Click on the No Formatting button, if it is available.
  5. Click on Format, then choose the Font option. Word displays the Find Font dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Find Font dialog box.

  7. Select the character attributes for which you want to search. If a check box is selected, the text matched must have the corresponding attribute. If the check box is empty, then the text won't have that attribute. A shaded box means the attribute doesn't matter.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. Click on Find Next.

How you search for information is a bit different in Word 2010 or Word 2013. Follow these steps, instead:

  1. Press Ctrl+F. Word displays the Navigation task pane at the left side of the document.
  2. Click the down-arrow to the right of the small magnifying glass. Word displays a series of choices you can make.
  3. Choose Find. Word displays the Find and Replace dialog box.

At this point you can follow the same steps (2 through 8) that you would follow if you were using Word 2007.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8841) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Searching for Character Formatting.

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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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Please note: Ctrl+F displays only the Find dialogue; the Find & Replace box is displayed with Ctrl+H


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