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    Replacing Greek symbols

    Can anyone please point me in the right direction to help a user use Find & Replace to replace Greek symbols (created using either Symbol font or Insert Symbol)? I can get it to find the Font:Symbol, but not the symbol itself. Using Word 2000.

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    Lynn Swinney
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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    You could try copy the symbol(s) with Ctrl-C and then pasting (Ctrl-V) in the find Input box.

    if the text is formatted with symbol font you could always set the font to normal, and see what character replaces the symbol, and then search for that.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    Lynn,

    Copying and pasting an example will work in some, but not all, cases. Where it works, it's a reasonably simple way to go.

    However, the difficulty is that some of these characters are encoded using Unicode. You can Find Unicode characters if you know their code number, by keying ^u followed by the code number in the Find what: box. The problem is finding out the Unicode value to enter.

    When you select a character in the Insert Symbol palette, Word 2000 does display its code number on the Status bar, but for Unicode characters it displays the value in hexadecimal form, whereas what you have to key in the Find what: box needs to be in decimal form.

    This is as far as my knowledge of the problem and its solution goes. I hope some more experienced Loungers will be able to offer you (and me) some better information.

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    How cool these characters are! And that you found ^u, which doesn't seem to be documented.

    Anyway, when I see a mysterious character (in a document) I select it and press Ctrl-Alt-Shift-C to run this macro:

    Sub CharIs()
    MsgBox "Selected character is " & Asc(Selection.Text)
    End Sub

    To adapt it to unicode requires changing Asc() to AscW(), as such:

    Sub CharIs() 'unicode capable except on Mac
    MsgBox "Selected character is " & AscW(Selection.Text)
    End Sub

    A bit of a hassle to distribute this, and to assign the keyboard shortcut, but it's all I've got. Hope this helps!

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    Hi Lynn,

    Take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/MacrosVBA/FindReplaceSymbols.htm>Finding and replacing symbols</A>. It may have just what you are looking for. Hope this helps.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    Actually, this is very strange. I made up a test document:

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    Thanks for taking the time to test this out - I was getting confused, too, with always getting "40" as the result! Guess it just can't be done. For fun, I tried the same thing under WordPerfect 9, and it was soooo easy. sigh.

    Lynn

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    MS has a macro to search for "symbol" characters. Haven't tried it yet:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/2000/downloadDetails/supmacros.htm>Word 2000 Supplemental Macros</A>

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    Re: Replacing Greek symbols

    HOORAY!! "JSCHER2000" Thanks so very much for finding this and letting me know. I downloaded the exe file, extracted the template, copied the two macros that seemed to apply to my normal.dot, and it works very, very well. It creates a new Find/Replace dialog box that includes the ability to insert symbols from any font. I am eternally grateful! 8-))))

    Lynn

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