There is a way to make a shortcut or menu button to jump directly to the Find dialog box, as compared to the Navigation pane which is now the default for Ctrl + F.
Thanks to all the Office Watch readers who sent in the tip including: Karen, Ron, Geoff, Calvin and Alice. Also thanks to David W for spotting some mistooks in the Ribbon section.
The trick is knowing that the original dialog has the VBA name ‘EditFind’ – not FindDialog as shown in Microsoft’s own documentation <sigh>. Somewhat counter intuitive since the Find options are at FindOptionsDialog. The word ‘Find’ should come first according to Microsoft’s own naming rules. There are some names that go back a long way in Word history, before more consistent naming was added.
Once you know what to look for, the rest is straight-forward customization.
Go to Options | Customize Ribbon | Keyboard Shortcuts: Customize.
Choose All Commands
Scroll down the long list of commands and select EditFind
Click in the ‘Press new shortcut key’
Type the new shortcut you want to allocate or press Ctrl + F to reallocate the current shortcut.
For the sake of completeness, here’s how to add buttons to the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.
Quick Access Toolbar
Go to Options | Quick Access Toolbar, choose All Commands and scroll down to Advanced Find …
Click on Advanced Find then the Add button to move it on to the QAT.
The quick way is to add it from the default ribbon. Go to Home | Editing | Find | Advanced Find right-click on the menu item and choose ‘Add to Quick Access Toolbar’.
Advanced Find is on the Ribbon, under Home | Editing | Find
To add it elsewhere, Options | Customize Ribbon, choose All Commands.
Click on Advanced Find then the Add button to move it on to ribbon in the location you’d like.
Alas, there’s only one choice, an overly large button.
So it’s unlikely many people will be using this additional button.