by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 14, 2018)
Ever since the introduction of Word 2010, Ctrl+F no longer displays the Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. Instead, it displays a pane at the left side of the screen that allows simple searching and navigation. Many people find this very unhelpful and a step backward. It is possible to press Ctrl+H and then click on the Find tab, but to most people that isn't nearly as simple as just pressing Ctrl+F.
The solution is to make a configuration change to your shortcut keys. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.
Now, whenever you press Ctrl+F, you'll see the Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box, as you traditionally would.
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