Search and Use Find and Replace in Google Docs

Google Docs is a famous text editor tool with numerous features. These features include increasing font size, changing page alignment, finding and replacing text, etc. It is beneficial to the researcher, editors, students, etc. to find specific text matches in the entire document. This post will demonstrate the methods to locate the Find and Replace tool and how it can be used. The outcomes of this post are:

Let’s begin the first method:

How to Search, Find and Replace in Google Docs?

The “Find and Replace” is the key feature of Google Docs, which can be invoked by following one of the methods provided below:

Method 1: Using CTRL+F

The “CTRL+F” shortcut key is used to find the specific word in the current document. The “CTRL+F” key is pressed appears the following pop. Click on the “More options” button as shown below:

Upon clicking the button, the following “Find and Replace” window will appear:

Method 2: Using “CTR+H”

The “CTR+H” shortcut key is utilized for directly opening the “Find and Replace” section. Whenever the “CTRL+H” key is pressed, the “Find and Replace” window is invoked instantly.

How to Use Find and Replace in Google Docs?

Now, you know the “Find and Replace” functionality in Google Docs. It is time to go through the usage of this feature. Let’s go through its usage through the following steps:

Step 1: Find the Text

Press the shortcut “CTRL+H” to open the “Find and Replace” window. In this scenario, type “Docs” in the search box and hit the “Next” button. It highlights all the matching text in the document.

Step 2: Replace the Text

Now, write the word in the text box “Replace with”. In this case, the “Docs”  word will be replaced with the “Windows”. Here, a user may exercise the following functionalities:

  • The “Replace” keyword will replace only the current keyword selection. To navigate to any specific occurrence of the searched keyword, the user can press the “Next” button.
  • The “Replace all” will replace all the word occurrences.
  • The “Match case” (case sensitive) will find the word based on the case of the word’s letters.

Finally, the written text “Windows” has been replaced with the “Docs”,as seen in the figure.

That’s all from this guide!


Google Docs provides a “Find and replace” option and shortcut key “CTRL+H” to invoke the “Find and Replace” functionality. The “Find and Replace” feature can replace the current or all instances of a word being searched. This post has demonstrated the methods for finding and replacing documents.