How do I set the default search direction in Word's Find and Replace from
all? I really hate how "helpful" Word is by asking me constantly if I want to search the rest of the document.
I believe I uncovered the answer while messing around with the dialog. At first I was going to post that the Find dialog appears to always open with
As I was testing some alternatives I found the dialog opened with
This appears to be tied to whether or not I had a word selected in the text. So when no word was selected I could open
You can easily change it from there but this appears to be MS trying to 'help' as you point out.
Updating: In Word 2013, @Brad Patton's answer didn't work for me. The "Find" dialog always opened searching Up. To fix it, I used Visual Basic:
The next time you open the Find dialog, it should be set to the direction you wanted! If it shows as "Down" instead of "All", also try running the following code in step 5 above: