We often need to perform a text search in different documents such as Word file, PDF, etc., and most of the time in web pages. Generally, the most common procedure to perform search for words in a different type of documents and web pages is the Ctrl+F command which opens up the Find bar to find words by entering into the bar.
So, this procedure to search any letter, word or sentence is very easy. Just open the document or webpage, press the Ctrl+F command, type the phrase and hit Enter. It’s so easy. Right?
But, there’s a problem with this command; it doesn’t let users to perform case sensitive search for text. For an instance if you need to find a word in capital letters in a document or web page where the same word is available hundreds of time in small letters, this Find bar doesn’t seem to help.
It generally performs the search without matching case. However, fortunately, it’s still possible for anyone to perform the case-
sensitive text search in Word, PDF or any web page using the same Ctrl+F command. I’ll let you know how.
As a hint, just think what we usually do when something isn’t working for us? We replace it with a better solution. Right? Here also we’re going to do the same. I mean if it’s not working on Chrome browser, trying out any other browser might get the work done, similarly if your PDF reader isn’t letting you match case for your text search in the Find bar, you should try a different PDF reader. Let’s discuss in detail.
How to Perform Case-Sensitive Text Search in a Web Page
If you’re using Google Chrome for web browsing, it’s not possible to perform case sensitive text search at this point of time. And so you need to try any other browser to see your luck. Well, I already found the one for you.
It’s Mozilla Firefox which lets you perform case sensitive search for text in a web page. Just download the browser if you don’t have it in your PC and open the web page where you want to perform the text search.
Now, open the Find Bar through Ctrl+F command and click the “Match Case” option beside the Find bar. Once the Match Case option is selected, Find bar will perform the case sensitive search.
How to Perform Case Sensitive Search For Words in PDF
Exactly like the web browsers, some PDF Readers also don’t support case-sensitive search for words in the PDF files. So, if your PDF reader isn’t letting you perform case-sensitive text search using Find command, you should try any other reader.
However, if you use Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can perform case-sensitive search for any word or phrase easily. Just open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader, open Find bar using Ctrl+F and before you perform the search check Case Sensitive option from drop-down, as shown in the following picture.
So, this is the way to perform case sensitive search for any text in a PDF file. There’re many PDF readers and editors available in the market these days but Adobe’s Acrobat Reader is one of the best PDF readers on the planet.
How To Perform Case Sensitive Text Search in MS Word
Performing case-sensitive text search in Microsoft Word is also very easy. When you’re editing a Word document, open the Find bar using Ctrl+F, click the More button and tick Match Case option.
After this setting, you can perform case sensitive search in MS word document. As you can see, there’re some other options like Match Prefix, Match Suffix, etc. for additional search preferences.
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