How to Control F on iPad With or Without Keyboard – and Search Within Documents

Generally, when using a computer, you have no problem looking up a word on an Internet page or a document. You just have to Ctrl+F or CMD+F and type the word you are looking for. That’s it.

Ctrl + F has become one of my favorite functions, along with, for example, quickly creating a screenshot with Ctrl + Shift + 4 – which is admittedly easier on a PC… Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort and make you more productive – once you know them by heart.

On a smartphone, iPad, or tablet, I wish it was a little easier. But the solution to doing a Control F on iPad I have presented here shows that searching in a document is possible with just a few simple steps.

How to Control F on iPad – Step by Step

First, we’re going to talk about how to Control F on iPad, looking at two different methods. One is to search words within your iPad and the other one is to search words within a page on Safari browser.

How to Control F on iPad Without Keyboard

Here’s how to search a word within your documents on your iPad:

  1. What you’re going to do is swipe to the left of the first page on the iPad. 
  2. It’ll open up to a search page where you can enter keywords you want to search for. 
  3. Maybe you’re looking for a particular reference in a document. Enter a search query in the form of a word or phrase and it will search throughout the entire iPad. The search engine will simply search for everything that has the word you’re looking for.

How to Control F on iPad With Safari

The next kind of word search I want to show you is how to search within a webpage. This is useful if you’re on a long page of text and you’re just trying to find one thing. 

  1. Open your Safari browser on your iPad.
  2. he second search option below will read “Find in Document”. Unlike Google search that searches the whole web, this feature is just going to search the page for any text you’d like.

How Do You Do Control F on Google Docs on iPad?

Making a Control F on Google Docs is simple and this is a great way for students and for teachers looking to create some sort of document while saving a lot of time.

  1. Open Google Docs and then go to the document you’re working on. 
  2. Click the three dots on the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Next, click the Explore button. This will allow us to search the web for any information and images right from Docs without having to open another tab, app, or anything like that.
  4. Let’s assume that you’re doing some research on a red panda. Just type in “red panda” and you can see you can open up like a Wikipedia page on the topic or other web pages.
  5. You can also go to images, if you find an image that you like, click on it and tap Insert to have it straight in the document you’re working on.

How Do You Control F on Google App?

This is perhaps the simplest for Android users as pretty much all android phones come with a chrome browser.  

Here’s a simple step to searching a query on Chrome.

  1. Tap the vertical three-dot menu in the top-right corner on any webpage
  2. Select “Find in page
  3. Now type in the term you want to search for on the page.
  4. Chrome then marks the first word that the browser finds and lets you use the arrow keys to jump to any other terms in the document.

Tip: This procedure also works on Android tablets.

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How to Control F on iPhone (Using Safari)

Starting from iOS 13, Apple has made the “search within page” function much simpler and more intuitive.

What I mean is, the function is no longer “hidden”. It is now possible to find items in two simple steps.

  1. Scroll up or down a bit on the document you’re on.
  2. The share icon (arrow in a square) will appear at the bottom. Tap on it.
  3. A submenu opens with the menu item “Search on the page”. Tap on it.
  4. Now you can enter the keyword you want to search for in the document.
  5. Safari then highlights the first word that the browser finds and shows you other hits that you can use the arrow keys to jump to.

The same also works on an iPad, by the way.

How Do You Ctrl F on a Tablet?

  1. First, go into your web browser on your Android tablet. 
  2. Tap on the menu button, then tap on “Find in Page”.
  3. Then enter in the word that you’re searching for and then tap search.