When I do Ctrl+F in Google Docs, it shows the "document find view". What I would like is the "browser find view" when in Google Chrome.

What keys do I need to press to do a browser Ctrl+F in Google Docs in Google Chrome? Currently the web app will take control of that hotkey combination when opened.

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    I don't think there is an official solution to this. Ctrl+F makes a page search and with Docs, the document IS the page, thus Chrome considers it as the same thing and it overrides the browser page search.
    – Alex
    Dec 17, 2011 at 10:13

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You are looking for a keyboard solution that will open the Chrome find bar even when Ctrl+F is redefined on the page.

Judging by the keys you normally use, you are a Windows user. On Windows, press Alt+F, then press F. This solution uses menu shortcuts to open the find bar.

Alternatively, you can mouse click the wrench button and mouse click "Find...".

  • Alt-F doesn't work because it has been redefined too. The wrench works, cool =D
    – Pacerier
    Dec 23, 2011 at 16:44

Pressing F3 has the same result as pressing Ctrl+F in most browsers and this hotkey is not used in Google Docs.

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