Search Commands

We all know that there is a command somewhere for something that we want to do in a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, or a PowerPoint slide, but we can’t just remember where that command is located. Additionally, we waste a lot of time searching for that command, command that we don’t even remember in which Tab it is located.

Thankfully, we don’t have to worry anymore and waste any of our precious time, because the Microsoft Office Labs team has created the Search Commands. What do we do with the Search Commands? We simply type in the command that we are looking for with our own words and the command appears right in front of us. That simple‼!

What does it need to work?

  • Windows XP or later editions.
  • Office 2007 or Office 2010 32 or 64 bit.
  • Only available in the English Versions of Office.
  • Works with Word, Excel and PowerPoint only.

We can download Search Commands from the following address:

http://www.officelabs.com/searchcommands#

Let’s see now what can we do with this very useful tool. First of all, we have to visit the address I mentioned above in order to download it. Once we have downloaded it, we start the installation and we accept the terms of use in order to proceed the installation, as shown in the image below.

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Once the installation has finished, the last step of the wizard appears, where it informs us of the successful installation and where the Search Commands can be found, as we can see in the image below. Once it is completed we just press the Finish button.

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If we start one of the three applications that I mentioned above (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), we will see that a new Tab has appeared in our Ribbon named Search Commands as we can see below. To search for a command we just click into the Search pane and type in the command that we are looking for. At the right of the Search pane all the relative commands with our key word will appear.  All we have to do then is to select the command that we were looking for.

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Further down I will describe two examples of each application:

Word

In the Search pane I have started to type in the word Mail”, and while I am typing, at the right the commands that are relevant with “mai” appear. I notice that 66 commands have been found, and in order to see the rest I must press the Next button.

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In the image below I have started to type in “Print”, and straight away all the commands that have got something to do with the word “Print” appear. Again here, we see that we have 21 results, so we have to select the Next button in order for the other commands to appear. Once Iwe have found the command we are looking for, we just select it and do what we wanted to do with it.

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Excel

In Excel we will have to type in the whole word of the command that we are looking for and at the end to press the Enter key in order the commands to appear. In the Search pane I have typed in the name of the functionConcatenate” and I have pressed the Enter key, and straight away the specific command appears at the right.

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In the image below I have typed the name of the “Consolidate” command, I have pressed the Enter key and at the right the relative commands have appeared.

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PowerPoint

In the Search pane I have started to type in the word “Animation” and immediately all the commands that are relative with the key word have appeared at the right, where we just select the one that we need.

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In the Search pane I have started to type in the word “Insp” (inspect) and immediately all the commands that are relative with the key word have appeared at the right, where we just select the one that we need.

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Below you can see a video on how to use the Search Commands in Word, Excel and PowerPoint:

Music by: Peter John Ross – Dreams of Sand

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