Word’s Find and Replace has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Here’s how to take advantage of them.
You’ve probably used Find and Replace in Microsoft Word to look for misspelled words and other mistakes and replace them with their corrected versions.
But there’s more to Find and Replace than just replacing text. You can enable certain options, such as matching the case and looking for whole words. You can find and replace special characters, such as paragraph marks, dashes, and page breaks. You can replace special formatting, including fonts and paragraphs. And you can combine many of these options in one single search.
For this article, I’m using Word 2016 as always, but Find and Replace works the same over the past few versions of Word.
To start, launch Word and open or create a long document with multiple paragraphs and pages of text. Ideally, the document should contain graphics and special formatting. But if you don’t have such a document, you can still follow along with me.