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Office 2011 Search change
Authored by: Cealus on Jan 31, '11 02:12:11PM

The same functionality can be implemented within Word (with a few more clicks, of course) by selecting View>Toolbars>Customize Toolbars and Menus… and clicking the Keyboard… button near the bottom of the sheet. Then select Edit from the Categories column and EditFindDialog from the Command column. You can then assign a new keyboard shortcut to this command. Just be sure that any changes are saved to your usual template file (usually normal.dotm) file so that it can be used in subsequent documents.

I do the same sort of thing by assigning keyboard shortcuts to often used Greek characters by using the Insert>Symbol>Advanced Symbol… dialog and clicking the Keyboard Shortcut… button. Then assigning whatever keyboard combination I can remember. You just can't use a simple Option+ assignment. You must use Cmd, Cntl, or combinations with or without the Shift and Option keys

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Office 2011 Search change
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 03, '11 01:51:28PM

I just tried this via Word's custom keyboard settings, as Cealus describes.

I had to restart Word for the change to take effect. Before I restarted Word, CMD-f still opened the new sidebar. After I restarted Word, CMD-f brought up the "Advanced Find and Replace..."

I kinda like having a search field built into Word's toolbar, too, but I'll probably keep using my fave shortcut keys because it's quicker, and I search very often.

Thanks for the tips, OP and commenters!

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