This guide is written for computer users who often find themselves sifting through thousands and thousand of words, files, music, video or web content, just to find one sentence. If you are one of these users and would like to end this irritating habit, you can do so with a simple keyboard shortcut. Read below to find out how to destroy the time-killing search of files, music, movies, text or web content.

The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + F (press and hold the “Ctrl” key, then tap the “F” key and then release the “Ctrl” key).


You can use this keyboard shortcut in many different applications. A few of the applications that you can use this key combination in, to find the special little thing that you have been looking for are listed below:


  • Windows Explorer
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Microsoft Office Word
  • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Office Excel
  • Microsoft Office Publisher
  • Microsoft Notepad
  • Microsoft Wordpad
  • Windows Search
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • And nearly every other Windows oriented program, including most programs that are not made by Microsoft!

It really is as easy as that to find what you have been looking for.

Have fun saving time with your new searching method. Enjoy your newfound Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcut knowledge.