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    Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    How do you do a wildcard search in Word by format, so that a string of italicized text (surrounded by regular text) can be captured in the '1' replacement placeholder? I've tried different formulations, but I can't get the regexp to capture the entire (multi-word) phrase.

    I'm trying to reformat a bibliography for a faculty member, in order to import it into a bib database package. Any thoughts, anyone?

    I'm using O2k-sr1a

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    Re: Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    (A) Wild cards and other searchable special characters vary by version. Please provide your version and service release.
    ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] Depending on what specifically (or more accurately, which variables) you're searching for, you may be able to accomplish the desired results without a "wildcard" search.
    Karen

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    Re: Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    Thanks for responding, Karen. Sorry if my abbreviation didn't make any sense--as I specified at the bottom of the message, I'm using Office 2000 (Pro), sr1a.

    I'm searching for the (italicized) title portion of a bibliographic citation, and I want to delimit it.

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    Re: Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    Sorry -- your abbreviation was fine. It was my <img src=/S/granny.gif border=0 alt=granny width=20 height=20> eyes. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    You can search for italics by placing your cursor in the "Find what" box, with no text, and clicking the I (italics) icon. Then place your cursor in the replace and click the same icon twice (it will say something like "not italics" under the replace box). Then just do the replace as you would normally do. If there is no text specified, and you have only formatting changes, it should keep your text intact.

    HTH
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    Re: Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    I'm still not making myself clear. I want to find the book title in the following citation, using only the fact that it's in italics (italics shown as underscores):

    Smith, John (1998). _Book Title Here_. NY:Oxford U Press.

    And replace it with something like this:

    Smith, John (1998). $$_Book Title Here._$$ NY:Oxford U Press.

    That is, I want to stick delimiters at both ends of the found text. The reason I'm thinking wildcards is that I don't want to destroy the title text in the process. I don't care whether the italics persist.

    Is this possible? When I just use the italics search, it finds the text I want just fine--but I can't figure out any way to add the delimiters while retaining the found text.

    --Chris

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    Re: Font Searching and Wildcard Placeholders

    I'm sorry for the confusion. Using your example, apply the italics in the find what box, and in the replace with box, type $$^&$$ -- this will replace your string intact. Note: if you are not removing the italics (which is what I gather from your example), it will also italicize your delimiters.

    I have tested this with 90 words. I don't know Word's limit, but think this should do nicely.
    Karen

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