Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Find may refer to any of the following:

find ctrl f1. Find is a term used to describe a process of locating a specified text, file, document, or other object on a computer or 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.

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

Generally speaking, when wanting 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.

find command2. In a command line such as MS-DOS, Linux, or Unix find is a command to help find information. See the below command pages for your operating system.

  • See the find command page for MS-DOS and Windows command line command.
  • Information on the Linux command can be found on our Linux find command page.

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