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How to Find and Replace Text in Notepad in Windows 10


Notepad is a simple text editor included in Windows and a basic text-editing program which enables computer users to create documents.

You can search to find text in Notepad, and search to find and replace text in Notepad.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17713, Microsoft made significant improvements to the find/replace experience in Notepad. Microsoft added the option to do wrap-around find/replace to the find dialog and Notepad will now remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes and automatically populate them the next time you open the find dialog. Additionally, when you have text selected and open the find dialog it will automatically populate the search field with the selected text.

This tutorial will show you how to find and replace text within a document in Notepad in Windows 10.


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Find and Replace Text in Notepad in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Find and Replace Text in Notepad in Windows 10
To Find Text in Notepad

1. While in Notepad, perform one of the following actions you want to search and find text: (see screenshots below)
  • Press the Ctrl+F keys.
  • Select (highlight) text you want to search and find, and press the Ctrl+F keys.
  • Click/tap on Edit on the menu bar, and click/tap on Find.

2. Type what you want to find in the Find what field if it doesn't already have what you want.

3. Check or uncheck the Match case box for what you want.

4. Check or uncheck the Wrap around box for what you want.

Wrap around is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17713.

5. Select (dot) Up or Down for the Direction where the cursor is at within the text you want to find from.

6. When you are ready to starting finding the text entered in step 2, perform one of the following actions you want:
  • Click/tap on the Find Next button.
  • Press the F3 key. If the Find dialog is currently open, then you will need to click/tap on the Find Next button at least once first.
  • Click/tap on Edit on the menu bar, and click/tap on Find Next. This option will not work if the Find dialog is currently open.

7. Repeat step 6 to find all instances of the text entered in step 2, and/or click/tap on OK when it cannot find any other instances.

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Find and Replace Text in Notepad in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Find and Replace Text in Notepad in Windows 10
To Replace Text in Notepad

1. While in Notepad, perform one of the following actions you want to search and find text to replace: (see screenshots below)
  • Press the Ctrl+H keys.
  • Select (highlight) text you want to search and find, and press the Ctrl+H keys.
  • Click/tap on Edit on the menu bar, and click/tap on Replace.

2. Type what you want to find in the Find what field if it doesn't already have what you want.

3. Type what you want to replace text with from step 2 in the Replace with field.

4. Check or uncheck the Match case box for what you want.

5. Check or uncheck the Wrap around box for what you want.

Wrap around is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17713.

6. When you are ready to start to find text entered in step 2, perform one of the following actions you want:
  • Click/tap on the Find Next button.
  • Press the F3 key. If the Replace dialog is currently open, then you will need to click/tap on the Find Next button at least once first.

7. If you want to replace this specific text found with text entered in step 3, click/tap on the Replace button.

You can click/tap on the Replace All button instead if you want to go ahead and automatically replace all found text from step 2 with text entered in step 3.

8. Repeat step 6 and step 7 to find and replace all instances of text you want, and/or click/tap on OK when it cannot find any other instances.

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That's it,
Shawn