Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Finding and Replacing Text
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.)
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 for Searches
What It Finds
Any single character
b?t finds bat, bet, bit, and but.
Zero or more characters
t*o finds to, two, and tattoo.
A specific character, x, y, or z
t[aeiou]pper finds tapper,
tipper, and topper.
A range of characters, x
[1-4]000 finds 1000, 2000, 3000,
and 4000, but not 5000.
Not the specific character or
p[!io]t finds pat and pet, but
not pit or pot.
Characters at the beginning of
<info finds information,
infomaniac, and infomercial.