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How to use Find and Replace in Google Sheets


Using the "Find and Replace" feature in Google Sheets is straightforward and can be a handy tool for quickly making changes across your spreadsheet. Here's how you can use it:

  1. Open your Google Sheets document: Go to Google Drive and open the Google Sheets file where you want to perform the find and replace operation.
  2. Navigate to the "Edit" menu: At the top of the Google Sheets interface, you'll see a menu bar. Click on the "Edit" menu.
  3. Select "Find and replace": In the "Edit" menu, you'll find the "Find and replace" option. Click on it.
  4. Enter the search term: In the "Find" field, enter the text you want to search for. You can also use this field to enter special characters or regular expressions for more complex searches.
  5. Enter the replacement text (optional): If you want to replace the found text with something else, enter the replacement text in the "Replace with" field. Leave this field blank if you only want to find occurrences without replacing them.
  6. Choose options (optional): Google Sheets provides various options to customize your search:
    1. You can specify whether you want to search within formulas or values.
    2. You can choose to match case (i.e., whether the search should be case-sensitive).
    3. You can also select whether you want to search the entire sheet, the current sheet, or a selected range.
  7. Perform the find and replace operation: Once you've entered the search term and, if necessary, the replacement text, and chosen your options, click on the "Find" or "Replace" button depending on what action you want to take. If you want to find instances without replacing them, click "Find". If you want to replace instances, click "Replace".
  8. Review and confirm (if replacing): If you're replacing text, Google Sheets will show you each occurrence one by one and give you the option to replace it. You can choose to replace individual occurrences or all occurrences at once.
  9. Close the dialog: Once you're done with the find and replace operation, close the "Find and replace" dialog.

That's it! You've now successfully used the find and replace feature in Google Sheets to search for and optionally replace text within your spreadsheet.

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Posted: 2024-03-14
By: dwirch
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