Microsoft Search for Mac

Microsoft today announced that a new improved search experience is coming to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Mac that will help users in quickly finding what they need. This feature is available to Office Insider Beta Channel users who are running Version 16.74 (Build 23043001) or later.

The new improved search experience offers the following:

  • Providing smart search suggestions before you even type.
  • Supporting searching for more than just text in your document – you can also search for commands, help articles, or web results (such as definitions, media, and Bing results).
  • Making the Smart Lookup pane more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision with better support for VoiceOver as well as improved keyboard navigation within groups.

Here’s how the feature works:

  1. Open an existing document, worksheet, or presentation on Office for mac.
  2. Click the Search box in the top-right corner of the app window, and select search suggestions.
  3. In the Search box, type a keyword or phrase you want to find in the document, worksheet, or presentation.
  4. To search for a command, type the command name in the Search box.
  5. To search in the document, click Find in this document, and then enter the word or words you want to find.
  6. To look for web or media results, click Open Search pane, or right-click anywhere on the document, worksheet, or presentation, and then click Open Search pane in the shortcut menu.