How To Use Find Function on a Mac

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Looking for a specific word or phrase within a sea of text can be daunting without the right tools. Thankfully, all Mac computers come equipped with a find function, which lets you locate exact terms in a document or web page.

This tutorial will show you how to use the feature.

Use Find Function on a Mac

Open the document or page that you would like to search. Press and hold + F.

A small search box will open at the top right hand corner of your screen:

Type the word or phrase that you would like to locate in the document or page. If there are no matches, you will be notified that the function found 0 of 0 results. If there is a match within the page, the function will display the number of matches:

You can tap your keyboard's Enter key to hop from one highlighted mention of your search word or phrase to the next.

You may exit the function at any time by either pressing the small x on the right side of the box or by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard.
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