How to Select All Matching Text in Google Docs

Formatting problems are an issue for a lot of people that use Google Docs and other similar word processing applications. Whether it’s changing the size of your margins or adjusting the appearance of text, there are a lot of things you may need to change. If you are copying and pasting text from other sources, it’s likely that you will end up with a lot of text excerpts that have different formatting.

Google Docs has a way for you to clear formatting from a selection, but this could be inefficient when you want to keep some of the formatting on text that is mixed in with the text that you wish to reformat. One way to get around this problem is to use a feature in Google Docs that lets you select matching text.

How to Select All Text With the Same Formatting in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Safari or Firefox.

Learn how to create a Google Docs newsletter by using one of the free templates available to you in the application.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the document.

Step 2: Use your mouse to select the text for which you want to find other matching text.

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Step 3: Right-click the selected text and choose the Select matching text option.

how to select all matching text in google docs

All of the text with the same formatting will then be selected, such as in the picture below.

selected text with same formatting in google docs

Another way that you can interact with formatting is by copying formatting from a selection. This guide will show you how to do that in Google Docs.

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