Updated: 08/16/2021 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.

What is the find symbol?

Software programs and keyboard keys may have a magnifying glass to represent the find feature. For example, a program may have a magnifying glass icon that when clicked opens find.


The magnifying glass icon may also be used to represent the search feature.

find command

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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