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 Formatting.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 25, 2014)
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.
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