Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Finding and Replacing Text
Table 5-2 (continued)
Operator
What It Finds
Example
>
Characters at the end of words
ese> finds these, journalese,
and legalese.
@
One or more instances of the
previous character
sho@t finds shot and shoot.
n}
Exactly n instances of the
previous character
sho{2}t finds shoot but not shot.
n,}
At least n instances of the
previous character
^p{3,} finds three or more
paragraph breaks in a row, but
not a single paragraph break
or two paragraph breaks in a
row.
m}
From n to m instances of the
previous character
10{2,4} finds 100, 1000, and
10000, but not 10 or 100000.
You can’t conduct a whole-word-only search with a wildcard. For example,
a search for f*s not only finds fads and fits but also all text strings that begin
with f and end with s, such as for the birds. Wildcard searches can yield
many, many results and are sometimes useless.
To search for an asterisk (*), question mark (?), or other character that
serves as a wildcard search operator, place a backslash (\) before it in the
text box.
Searching for special characters
Table 5-3 describes the special characters you can look for in Word
documents. To look for the special characters listed in the table, enter the
character directly in the text box or click the Special button in the Find and Replace
dialog box, and then choose a special character from the pop-up list. Be sure
to enter lowercase letters. For example, you must enter ^n, not ^N, to look for
a column break. Note: A caret (^) precedes special characters.
Table 5-3
Special Characters for Searches
To Find/Replace
Enter
Manual Formats That Users Insert
Column break
^n
Field 1
^d
Manual line break ( )
^l
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