Word’s Ctrl + F problem


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Ever since Microsoft put in the Navigation Pane, they’ve messed up access to the Advanced Find dialog box.

A few readers were surprised to discover that the old Find dialog had been hiding under that little arrow on the side.

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Dan H. writes “You rightly mention Microsoft’s infuriating switcharoo on the familiar Ctl-F shortcut for the Find dialog–making it open the Navigation pane. I’ve learned to use the Ctl-H shortcut (Find & Replace) instead.

Ctrl + F used to open the Find dialog but now opens the Navigation Pane instead. There’s no shortcut to open the now-named Advanced Find dialog box with all the useful extra features.

Dan is right about the workaround, press Ctrl + H which opens the neighboring Replace dialog.  Then press Alt + D to switch to the Find dialog.

It’s not as simple or fast as Ctrl + F but that’s all Microsoft leaves us with.

Change the Shortcut

You’d think a solution would be to re-assign Ctrl + F to go to the Advanced Find dialog.  After all any shortcut can be changed from Options | Customize Ribbon | Keyboard Shortcuts.

But maybe not … the VBA command for the Advanced Find dialog is FindDialog (according to Microsoft itself) but that command isn’t on the Customize Keyboard list.

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We could only find (no pun intended) FindOptionsDialog which takes you to the Find options … not the Find dialog.

 

Any way you look at it, Microsoft really didn’t think through the consequences of changing the destination of the simple Ctrl + F shortcut.

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