Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

Find may refer to any of the following:

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1. Find describes locating a specified text, file, document, or other objects on a computer, in a file, or on the Internet. For example, you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F now to open a find window and search for any text on this page. In Microsoft Word, you can press Ctrl+F to find specific text in a document.


On Apple computers, use Command + F to open a find.

Generally speaking, to look for text in a current document, it is referred to as "find." However, if you want to look for text in multiple documents or pages, it is referred to as "search" instead of find.

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2. In a command line such as MS-DOS, Linux, or Unix find is a command to help find information. See the command pages below for your operating system.

  • See the find command page for MS-DOS and Windows command line command.
  • Information on the Linux command is available on our Linux find command page.

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