How to Find and Replace in Google Docs

It can often feel like searching for a needle in a haystack when you need to find a particular word in a large document. Fortunately many applications have utilities that can make this process a bit easier, and Google Docs has a Find and replace utility that can perform that service.

The find and replace tool in Google Docs lets you enter a word, such as a misspelled word or incorrect term, then enter the correct word that you want to use to replace it. Our tutorial below will show you how to use this helpful tool and save yourself some time while editing documents.

How to Find a Word in Google Docs and Replace it With a Different Word

The steps in this article are going to show you how to perform a find and replace operation on a document in Google Docs. You will be able to search for a single word and replace it, or you will be able to replace every occurrence of that word.

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Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open the document containing the words that you want to find and replace.

Step 2: Choose the Edit tab at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Select the Find and replace option at the bottom of the menu. As noted in the picture below, you can also open this tool by pressing Ctrl + H on your keyboard.

google docs find and replace utility

Step 4: Type the word that you want to replace into the Find field, type the word that you want to use to replace it into the Replace field, then click the Replace button to replace the first occurrence of the word, or click Replace all to replace all of those occurrences.

how to find and replace in google docs

Note that you are also able to check the boxes to the left of Match case or Match case using regular expressions if you would like to add either of those modifiers to the search.

Many word processing applications have a utility similar to this. Find out how to use find and replace in Word 2013, for example, if you often find yourself using that program, too. newsletter

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