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    Replace behavior (W97 SR-2)

    This may be very specific to Word 97.

    I'm a bean counter who puts rates into proposals. Attempting to replacing numbers "n.nn" in table text with " n.nn", i.e., to add a space in front and also change the numbers, I find that the leading space gets eaten upon replace. Inspection of the "Special" replace characters shows that ^w, white space, is available as a search character, but not as a replace character. Only resolution option appears to be to replace with a hard space, ^s. I can live with it but it weirds out the proposal writers because they initially think it's the degree
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    Re: Replace behavior (W97 SR-2)

    What happens if you do a two-stage replace. First replace "n.nn" with ^s n.nn" and then replace "^s " with " "

    Another option, select your table columns and apply a new style. Have that style contain a decimal tab. Run a replace to insert the tab character in each cell.
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    Re: Replace behavior (W97 SR-2)

    <<Have that style contain a decimal tab. Run a replace to insert the tab character in each cell.>>

    If you use a decimal tab in Word tables a preceding tab character isn't necessary. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    And John, with this little tidbit, perhaps your task will be easier than expected. All you need to do is select the column and add a decimal tab.

    Note that the cell contents must be left aligned or the decimal tab will not function as expected.
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    Re: Replace behavior (W97 SR-2)

    Thank you, Charles and BAM, for these excellent suggestions. It's frustrating that both the consultants who send these RFP's to us (in formats we have to comply with), and our own proposal writers, don't know more about styles and decimal tabs. MY biggest frustration is getting a proposal format they expect you to follow but is hard page-broken (page-breaked?) and other wise formatted without any consideration for the reply you provide: ie just answereing the question blows up the layout. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
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