Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Finding and Replacing Text
Option
Description
Format (button) 2
Search for text formatted a certain way. For example,
search for boldface text. After you click the Format button
in the Find and Replace dialog box, you can choose a
format type on the drop-down list — Font, Paragraph,
Tabs, Language, Frame, Style, or Highlight. A Find dialog
box opens so that you can describe the format you’re
looking for. Select options in the dialog box to describe
the format and click OK.
Special (button) 2
Search for special characters such as paragraph marks
and em dashes. (See “Searching for special characters,”
later in this chapter.)
Book II
Chapter 5
1 Options dialog box only
2 Find and Replace dialog box only
After you finish conducting a search for formatted text, don’t forget to click
the No Formatting button in the Find and Replace dialog box. (You can’t
conduct a normal search again unless you turn format searching off.)
Using wildcard operators to refine searches
Word permits you to use wildcard operators in searches. A wildcard operator
is a character that represents characters in a search expression. Wildcards
aren’t for everybody. Using them requires a certain amount of expertise, but
after you know how to use them, wildcards can be invaluable in searches
and macros. Table 5-2 explains the wildcard operators that you can use in
searches. Click the Use Wildcards check box if you want to search using
wildcards.
Table 5-2
Wildcards for Searches
Operator
What It Finds
Example
?
Any single character
b?t finds bat, bet, bit, and but.
*
Zero or more characters
t*o finds to, two, and tattoo.
[xyz ]
A specific character, x, y, or z
t[aeiou]pper finds tapper,
tipper, and topper.
z]
A range of characters, x
through z
[1-4]000 finds 1000, 2000, 3000,
and 4000, but not 5000.
xy]
Not the specific character or
characters, xy
p[!io]t finds pat and pet, but
not pit or pot.
<
Characters at the beginning of
words
<info finds information,
infomaniac, and infomercial.
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