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16. Use Find and Replace

Before You Begin

3 Locate Editable Regions


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15 Check Spelling


Sometimes, you might have to change a particular word or phrase in multiple places. For example, if a product name changes, you need a handy way to make that change everywhere the old product name appears on the Contribute pages you edit. That's when Contribute's Find and Replace feature comes in handy.

1.
Choose Edit, Find

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To change only those instances of the Search for text that match the exact capitalization you typed, enable the Match case check box in the Find and Replace dialog box.

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

2.
Type the Word to Replace

In the Search for box, type the word or phrase you want to change.

3.
Type the Word to Use as a Replacement

In the Replace with box, type what you want the text from step 2 changed to.

4.
Click Find Next

To choose which instances of the Search for text to change, click the Find Next button.

You can also replace all instances of the Search for text with the Replace with text in a global change. Click the Replace All button in the Find and Replace dialog box, and all instances of the specified word or phrase—not just in one place, but everywhere that word appears in the page—are replaced, all at once, without stopping for verification at each occurrence.

5.
Replace or Skip

Contribute locates the first instance of the text in the Search for box on the page. To replace the selected text, click the Replace button; click Find Next to leave that instance alone and find the next instance.

6.
Repeat Step 5 Until Done

When you click Replace or Find Next in step 5, Contribute automatically moves to the next occurrence of the Search for text on the page. Repeat step 5 until all instances of the word or phrase have been handled. When Contribute displays a prompt that the whole document has been searched, click OK to close the prompt and then click Close on the Find and Replace dialog box.

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