Google Drive has finally added a feature to mobile document processing that users have been crying out for.
There are a few reasons why word processing on a tablet is a frustrating experience compared to a PC, but by far for years, the biggest one has been the absence of "find and replace" — the feature that lets you search a document for a word or phrase and, if you so desire, replace it with another.
It's not as if app publishers didn't know that users wanted it, either; there are, if you look back far enough, forum posts on official websites where users commiserate over the absence of the feature.
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It's finally available in the free Google Drive apps for both iOS and Android, and it's pretty easy to use. At the top of each document, you'll see a magnifying glass icon; tap it to open the search text box and, on tablets, a replace text box (on smaller devices, you'll need to select replace options from a drop-down menu).
Interestingly, Apple also quietly added find and replace to Pages for mobile when it updated the app for iOS7 — but that app is only for Apple devices, and the feature is a little trickier to find (it's tucked away in the Tools menu).
At any rate, it's nice to see the "official" apps finally getting something users have been requesting for a long time.