Excel Guides

How to Change Default Search Settings in Excel

To change the default search settings in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Open Excel.
  2. Click on the File tab.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click Advanced. The Advanced options dialog box appears.
  5. In the "General" section, do one of the following:

    • "When finding cells with specific content, look in:": This setting determines whether to search only the current sheet or the entire workbook when you use the Find and Replace dialog box (Ctrl+F) to find specific content in a worksheet. To search only the current sheet, select (Sheet). To search the entire workbook, select (Workbook). The default is (Workbook).

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