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 Breaks.

Searching for Breaks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 22, 2014)

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Word allows you to search not just for text, but also for special characters that normally do not print. There may be times when you want to search for page, section, or column breaks. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. If you are using Word 2007, press Ctrl+F. Word displays the Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. If you are using Word 2010 or Word 2013, instead press Ctrl+H and then click the Find tab. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  3. In the Find What box, enter the text for which you want to search. To search for a page break enter ^m. To search for a section break, enter ^b. To search for a column break, enter ^n. Note that it is important to use lowercase characters. You can also select these and other types of special characters by clicking on the Special button. (If you click the More button in the Find and Replace dialog box you'll see the Special button.)
  4. Set other searching parameters, as desired.
  5. Click on Find Next.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9659) 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 Breaks.

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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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2014-11-25 04:26:54

Damear

"If you are using Word 2010 or Word 2013, instead press Ctrl+H and then click the Find tab."

If you want Word 2013 to behave like Word 2007, open Word options (click FILE tab, then Options), select "Customize Ribbon" in the left pane, then click "Keyboard Shortcuts: Customize" button.

In the "Customize keyboard" dialog window, select "HOME tab" in the "Categories" field; locate and select "EditFind" in the "Commands" field. Click on "Press new shortcut key" field, then press Ctrl+F. Check under the "Current keys" field for "Currently assigned to: NavPaneSearch" to appear. Then press "Assign" - the key combination will appear in "Current keys". "Close", "Ok" and you're all set.


2014-11-25 01:45:44

Shanker

This does not work in my Word 2007. When chose wild card option in 'More' too, the section break showed. But, page breaks are not shown. I simply got 'Word Finished Searching Doc' message without breaks.

Yet, when I applied the 'Draft View' for this doc, both Section and Page Breaks were shown!

Am I missing anything?


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