ctrl+f gets you to find words, and a simple enter brings you to the next word. What hotkey takes you to the previous word?

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If you have the navigation pane open, then Enter is in fact pressing the down arrow (triangle) button visible over the top-right corner of the result list.

Use left arrow key (or Shift+Tab) to switch the selection to up arrow (triangle) button and press Enter to go to the previous word.

  • Thank you! What a supreme usability decision by Microsoft might I add!
    – Bar Akiva
    Jul 11, 2016 at 6:37

You can also use Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn for this, with some setup.

Below the vertical scroll bar, there are three buttons: an upward-pointing double arrow, a circle, and a downward-pointing double arrow. When you have performed a search operation, the double arrows become blue. This means that, in this case, when the caret is in the document text, you can press Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn to go to the previous and the next match, respectively.

You can also click the circle button to let the double-arrow buttons, and the hotkeys, go between other things than search matches.


In Office 2016, I miss the Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn. Found the following work around:

  • Use the Find feature as normal (Ctrl+F), specifying what I want to search for and then looking for the first occurrence of the string.
  • When the first occurrence is displayed, I press the Esc key (or click on Cancel).
  • To find the next occurrence, I press Shift+F4.

This works fine for me now. But am still searching for a way to go on the reverse direction, like Ctrl+PgUp.

Source: https://wordribbon.tips.net/T012327_A_Fast_Find-Next.html


In Word 2016 (16.0.5134.1000) 64 bit. The following hotkeys work for me.

  • Press Ctrl+Page Down to find next occurrence.
  • Press Ctrl+Page Up to find previous occurrence.

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