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Get the Find dialog box out of the way

You probably already know how to look for a particular word or phrase in a Word document or Excel worksheet using the Find feature. You can bring up the Find dialog box either from the Edit menu or you could use the shortcut ‘Ctrl+F’.

There is one thing about Find that could prove to be bothersome. The Find dialog box blocks part of your worksheet. Even when you are stepping through occurrences of a search string using the Find Next button, the Find dialog box continues to block your view.

To overcome this, you can do the following when searching for something:

  1. Use the Find option from the Edit menu as normal, specifying what you want to search for and then looking for the first occurrence.
  2. When the first occurrence is displayed,  press the Esc key (or click on Cancel). The Find dialog box disappears.
  3. To find the next occurrence,  press Shift+F4.

This procedure works the same as clicking Find Next repeatedly, and it is just as fast, but it gets rid of the annoying Find dialog box.

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