Use Word's Find and Replace feature to change text from Bold to Blue

You can expand the usefulness of Word's Find and Replace functionality by using it to remove and/or apply specified formatting throughout a document.

Find and Replace is not just for finding and replacing a specific word with another word; it can also be used to change a format throughout your document. For example, say you used bold to emphasize certain words, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Boldl text

You decide that you would like to change the words in bold to regular text and their font color to blue. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Edit | Replace. (In Word 2007, click Edit on the Home tab and then click Replace.)

  1. Click in the Find What text box and press Ctrl + B.

  1. Click in the Replace With text box.

  1. Click the More button.

  1. Click the Format button and then click Font (Figure B).

Figure B

Find and Replace

  1. Click Regular under Font style.

  1. Click the Color drop-down arrow and select blue (Figure C).

Figure C

Replace with blue

  1. Click OK.

  1. Click the Replace All button (Figure D).
As you can see in Figure E, all the previously bold text is no longer bold, but blue.

Figure D

Replace All

Figure E

Bold is Blue

Note: If you just need to convert to regular text, press Ctrl + B in the Find What box and then click in the Replace With box and press Ctrl + B twice. This tells Word to replace Bold with Not Bold. In a similar fashion, you can press Ctrl + I or Ctrl + U to find and replace all occurrences of text that are italicized or underlined, respectively.

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