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

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

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

Figure C

  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

Figure E

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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