When I press Ctrl+f on google docs, it lets me search the first occurrence of the string I enter, and it informs me about how many appearances of the string there are.

But What key(s) can I use to move to the next appearance? If I press F3 then the browser search functionality is triggered (at least using Chrome and Firefox)

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    I didn't. And it works! Thanks :-)
    – malarres
    Feb 10, 2015 at 8:55
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    Also worthy to mention that F3 works if you first click somewhere in the document before
    – malarres
    Feb 10, 2015 at 10:08

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Ctrl+G (or +G) is the dedicated shortcut for this.


  • This works only while the search input box is still open. Do you know a way to find-next after escaping out of it? Or at least to move focus to the page while searching - e.g. so you can make quick edits at each location. I find I have to keep using ⌘+F, esc, <edit>, ⌘+F, enter, esc, <edit>, ⌘+F, enter, esc, <edit>...
    – scipilot
    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:38
  • I wished it would be F3 instead...
    – Avatar
    Feb 27, 2019 at 15:27

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