It is a Word 2013 bug to not highlight the first Find/Replace hit occurrence per page while in Print Layout view (i.e., the Ctrl+H Find/Replace). This annoying behavior has been hindering productivity for going on 3 years now.
This bug can be reproduced on Office 2013 / Word 2013 by performing the following steps:
(1) Open a multi-page Word document with ample common words like "the" or "and" in Word 2013.
(2) Ensure you are at the top of the document (i.e. press Ctrl+Home keys).
(3) On Ribbon: VIEW tab - Click "Print Layout".
(4) On Ribbon: HOME tab - Click "Find" pull-down arrow-menu in Editing section at far right - Click Advanced Find... (or press Ctrl+H keys - Click Find tab).
(5) Enter "the" or "and" (or a less common word) in "Find what:" field - Press Enter key (or click Find Next button) repeatedly over and over for a few pages.
(6) Notice how the first occurrence of "the" or "and" on each subsequent new page doesn't get highlighted. Then, if you press the Enter key (or click Find Next button) again the second and all subsequent occurrences of "the" or "and" (or other word) on that page do get highlighted.
(7) Continue to press the Enter key (or click Find Next button) repeatedly over and over for a few pages to see the first occurrence of "the" or "and" (or other word) on each subsequent new page not get highlighted.
Please help us fix this "Find/Replace not highlighting the first hit/occurrence on a page while in Print Layout" view bug in Word 2013 (not just Word 2016).
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Kay Cee commented
Definitely use the Advanced Find Replace instead of the truly horrible "new" Find.
In Customize Toolbars and Commands, you can re-assign the Shift-Command-H shortcut and make it open the Advanced Find/Replace window - which it what it used to do in every single previous version, until Microsoft with its usual stupidity changed it.
And even THAT won't make it go straight to the Replace tab as it used to. There is no longer any way to go straight to Advanced Replace....
which has got to be one of the most boneheaded changes ever made in a newer version of Word, and a quintessential example of just how ridiculously out of touch Microsoft is with what its users do on a day-to-day basis.
But customizing that Keyboard command will at least allow you to avoid the buggy Find completely.
By the way: history sadly shows Microsoft clearly has no intention of listening to, or acting on, even the most common user complaints.
There are several, almost universal complaints that have been made over the past 10 years about changes to newer versions of Word. Microsoft hasn't fixed a single one of those complaints despite them being repeated over and over by literally millions of users over the past decade.
So don't hold your breath waiting for this bug to be fixed either. It's never going to happen.
This bug is incredibly annoying and has cost me an enormous amount of lost work time. Please do the right thing and fix it. Also, there are several other longstanding Search bugs that should also be fixed,
Agreed. I recently ran an advanced find for all text styled as Emphasis - the first one on each page was not highlighted.