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4. Editing Power Tools > 29. Exclude Text from Find and Replace

Exclude Text from Find and Replace

This hack turns “Find what” into “Find not what."

Say you’re editing a scholarly book that contains dozens of block quotations from old journals. The author has consistently misspelled several geographical and personal names, so you get ready to fire up Find and Replace.

But wait—although you want to replace the author’s misspellings, you don’t want to replace the original misspellings in the block quotations. Those should be reproduced verbatim. And you certainly don’t want to OK every replacement by hand in this long, long book.

Though you can’t explicitly tell Word what text not to search in, this hack takes advantage of the fact that Word automatically ignores any hidden text in its searches.


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