How to Find and Replace in Google Docs (and More)

In this post, we'll see how to find and replace in Google Docs (web version and Android app).

Also, we'll look at the steps to change case in Google Docs. Let's get started.

Find and Replace in Google Docs

Sign into Google Docs.

Open the document you wish.

Press Ctrl + F, and it will open Find bar. In the Find bar, enter the word(s) you want to find. Remember that not only alphabets but you can also enter numbers and special characters.

Now, you can see the total number of instances next to the one you've entered in the Find bar, and all the occurrences are highlighted in the document.

Find bar

Remember that the "Up" and "Down" arrow is for jumping to the previous and next instance of the word(s) in the Find bar. The "X" is used to close the Find bar.

Hit the three horizontal dots in the Find bar, and it will open "Find and replace" popup. Alternatively, you can open "Find and replace" popup directly by using the keyboard shortcut - Ctrl + H.

If you open the "Find and replace" popup from the Find bar, then you can see that the "Find" field is already filled with the word(s) you've entered in the Find bar. If you've used the shortcut to open it, then you need to enter the word(s) in the "Find" field.

Keep in mind that not only alphabets, you can also enter numbers, special characters and regular expressions in the "Find" field.

Now, you can see the total number of instances next to the word(s) in the "Find" field, and all the occurrences are highlighted in the document.

In the "Replace with" field, enter the word(s) which you want to replace the one in the "Find" field.

Find and Replace popup

Beneath the "Replace with" field, you can see two options - "Match case" (select this option if you want to match case) and "Match using regular expressions" (select this option if you're using regular expressions).

You can use the Replace buttons to replace - "Replace" button replaces the currently highlighted instance of the word(s) in the "Find" field with the one in the "Replace with" field. "Replace all" button replaces all the instances of the word(s) in the "Find" field with the one in the "Replace with" field.

Remember that the "Prev" button highlight the previous instance and the "Next" button highlight the next occurrence.

That's all. All done.

Find and Replace in Google Docs for Android

Open Google Docs app and then open the document you wish.

Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top and then hit "Find and replace" which you can find between "Document outline" and "Word Count."

In the Find bar at the top, enter the word(s) and then hit the "Search" icon on your keyboard.

Now, you'll be shown the number of occurrences in a toast notification, and you can see that all instances of the word(s) are highlighted.

Remember that the left and right arrow are used to jump to the previous and next instances.

Find bar at the top

Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) in the Find bar, and you can see "Replace" and "Replace all" options.

The "Replace" is used to replace a currently highlighted instance of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the "Replace" bar and the "Replace all" is used to replace all the occurrences of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the "Replace all" bar. Hit the one you prefer.

At the bottom of the screen, you can see the "Replace" OR "Replace all" bar depending on the one you choose. Enter the word(s) you wish to replace and then hit the Replace (or Replace all).

Replace bar

That's it. All done.

Change Case in Google Docs

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    ​Sign into Google Docs.
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    ​Open the document and then select the text for which you want to change case.
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    ​Hit the "Format" at the top. Hover your mouse over "Text" and then "Capitalization."
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    ​Now, you can see three options - lowercase (Change all the selected text to lowercase), UPPERCASE (Change all the selected text to uppercase) and Title Case (Capitalize the first character of every word in the selected text). Hit the one you prefer.
Capitalization options

That's all. Now, you can see the change in the document.

Note: You can't do this task on Google Docs for Android.

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