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Tips for using Find in Word
What if you wanted to find a specific word, in Word? You know, you are looking for the word ‘know’ but you keep getting other words, too, like knowledge, known, acknowledge, knowable, etc.
You may say, “I always want to find a whole word; what’s the deal here?” Well … the deal is that Find will find everything that contains the word for which you are searching, as mentioned above.
A whole word, to Office and Word, is a group of characters surrounded by punctuation or spaces.
Word has a special function in Find, called ‘Find whole words only’ and it can help reduce the number of false hits. If you open the Find feature (Ctrl-F), and click the More button, you will find (no pun intended) this feature.
Okay, so to see the difference, search for the word ‘know’ in the following sentence. “This sentence is a way to show that you know the difference between education and knowledge.”
There is only one appearance of the word ‘know’ within the text; searching without the 'Find whole words only' option would actually find 2 matches. The other match comes as part of the front-end of the last word of the sentence, which is ‘knowledge.’
Before you go and use this option, understand that it will not find plurals and return them with your search results.
Searching for the word ‘know’ in the following sentence will not produce any matches: "It is not clear that he knows what this means."
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