Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. 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 Formatting.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2020)
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:
Figure 1. The Find Font dialog box.
You can also find paragraph formatting, as well. To search for paragraph formatting, the steps are pretty much the same:
Figure 2. The Find Paragraph dialog box.
Finally, if you use defined styles in your documents, Word has a very powerful search capability that allows you to find not just text, but defined styles, as well. To search for defined styles, use these steps:
Figure 3. The Find Style dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12913) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Searching for Formatting.
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