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Part 8. Handy Editing Techniques > Finding and Replacing Text

Finding and Replacing Text

Open the Edit menu and choose Replace to open the Find and Replace dialog box with the Replace tab displayed.

Type the text that you want to find in the Find what text box.

In the Replace with text box, type the text that you want to replace the Find what text.

Click the Find Next button.

INTRODUCTION

Sometimes you not only need to find text, you also have to replace it with something else. Word's Replace feature takes the tedium out of making the same change in several places. Whenever you find yourself about to change something by hand throughout your entire document, stop and see whether Word's Replace feature could do the work for you.


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Using More Options to Replace Text

If you want to be more specific about what text you're looking for, click the More button at the bottom of the Find and Replace dialog box. To hide the options again, click the Less button.


Word highlights the first occurrence of the word. To replace it, click the Replace button.

To skip this instance without making the change, click the Find Next button.

To replace all instances of the text in one fell swoop, click the Replace All button.

Click OK when Word informs you that it has finished searching the document, and then click the Cancel button in the Find and Replace dialog box to close it.


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