So here I am doing some work for a new company who provides me with a laptop, equipped with Windows 7 and Office 2010. I am sure that it was in an effort to be helpful that Microsoft mapped my familiar old Ctrl-F for Find to a navigation pane that opens and highlights all occurrences of the search string. I don’t know about you, but I am missing Find Next and the tab to switch to Replace mode. Thanks to Jay Freedman at www.wordbanter.com I was quickly able to find once again the solution. And for posterity, I’m posting it here for quick reference.

– Right-click the Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar and choose Customize the Ribbon.

– Click the Keyboard shortcut Customize button in the dialog.

– Select the Home Tab category.

– Select the EditFind command.

– Click in the Press new shortcut key box.

-Press Ctrl+F.

(note that the “Currently assigned to” label shows that you’re taking the shortcut away from the NavPaneSearch command, which is what you’d change to if you ever want to restore the default.)

-Click Assign and Close.

And close the Word Options dialog. Test out your new/old shortcut, Ctrl-F  and ahh….  you see the old familiar Find/Replace/Go to box. Once again, all is right with the world.