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Video: Three Microsoft Word Find and Replace tricks for power users

Word's Find and Replace function is a handy tool. Bill Detwiler shares three Find and Replace tips that will help make you a Word power user.

Whether you're fixing a misspelled name, adding recurring text, or even formatting a large data set, Word's Find and Replace function is an extremely handy tool. During this episode of TR Dojo, I share three Find and Replace tips that will help make you a Word power user.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

13 comments
mcoleman
mcoleman

Using ^& is amazingly helpful when searching using wildcards, but in the example given, it's not that helpful. Otherwise, he might have used it in the second example. (To change the color of TechRepublic, Bill searched for TechRepublic, and replaced with TechRepublic, not ^&.) Most of Bill's tips are really useful, though.

obertsm
obertsm

The video was good and educative indeed.

Truenthusiast
Truenthusiast

I thought the video was awesome! I am constantly blown away by how much more I am learning about the capabilities of my pc! Love TR Dojo!!

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

handy in programming editors, and handy in other places too, but not available in Word It can be "sort-of" accomplished with a table, but that's a kludge. Wish List.

patp
patp

These are great tips. Can't tell you how many times I had to replace spacing for tabs by hand because there may be 2 or 3 or more spaces and not the same amount in each instace. This will help tremendously. Do you have a list of all these find/replace key combinations?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In this TR Dojo episode, I share three Find and Replace tips that will help make you a Word power user. These tips involving using Find and Replace to add text, change text formatting, and search for special characters. Are advanced editing feature such as these important when picking a word processor? Take the poll in the TR Dojo blog and let me know. Post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1981

dickstoy
dickstoy

Thanks for the info on these tricks. There has been times when these tricks would have saved a lot of time and not worn my mouse out. Keep up the good work.

BL PUMPK9
BL PUMPK9

I use this in my work daily.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

I personally will not find it useful, however, I am sure that I will be able to pass it on to someone.

RU7
RU7

I wondered why you didn't use the ^& in the replace with field when changing the color of "Techrepublic".

Peon
Peon

Thanks for the tips! I wish the first one would also work in Excel. Of course it does not. And M$ probably would state: It's not a bug, it's a feature! :-(( Peon