If you’re working on spreadsheets via Google Sheets where you’re finding it difficult to locate words, numbers, or formulas, then there’s an easy solution to find what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at how to search in Google Sheets.
Using the Find and Replace tool
Step 1: Open your Google Sheets spreadsheet and then select the Edit tab adjacent to File.
Step 2: Click the Find and replace field.
Step 3: Within the Find box, enter the number or word you want to search for.
Step 4: Within the Search drop-down box, you can initiate the search to be applied to all your sheets within that file via All sheets. You can also search within This sheet or a Specific range.
Step 5: Once you’ve selected an option from that drop-down menu, click the Find button.
Google will display the word or number you searched for by applying a blue border around the cell it’s inserted in.
How to search for formulas
If you’re searching for a formula instead of a word or number, Google provides an option to do so.
Step 1: Click Edit and then select Find and Replace.
Step 2: Tick the Also search within formulas box.
Step 3: In the Find box, enter the formula you want to search for. You can search for the entire formula or you can search for a certain formula by only typing the first part of that formula. For example, I included the result for =sum in the image below. Click the Find button.
What is the shortcut for search in Google Sheets?
Step 1: When you have your spreadsheet open, use the CTRL button and F keyboard combination to open a search box.
Step 2: If you want to open Find and replace instead, use the CTRL + Shift + H keyboard combination on Windows or Command (cmd) + Shift + H on a Mac.
For more on Google Sheets, head over to our guide on how to make a graph or chart, as well our tutorial on how to lock cells in Google Sheets.
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