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Windows 7: newb- Search/Replace wildcard question ...?

09 Jun 2011   #1

newb- Search/Replace wildcard question ...?

In search and replace in MS Word, or Excel, how do I replace this:


with this:


ie: simply search for a number within parenthesis and make it italicized?

Or maybe a macro?
An example of a cell would be
1:22:01 to 1:23:01  (415e)  duration 1

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09 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Hit F5 to bring up this dialog box.

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Select the Replace tab.

Type (315) in the Find What field.

Hit Ctrl+I to invoke Italics formatting and type (315) in the Replace With field (Note the format annotated under Replace With).

Click Replace All followed by OK.

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09 Jun 2011   #3


thanks for your reply seavixen.

that works in MS Word I think.
But I tried it just now in Excel and it didn't work.
The searches work differently in Excel and Word it looks like.

Can you make it work for EXCEL?
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09 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Yes, it is different.

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Not sure which version of Excel you're using, but I'm using 2010.

Click Find & Select at the far right of the ribbon on the Home tab.

Select Replace & Options then choose your format.

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10 Jun 2011   #5


Excellent help seavixen32! I thought I was pretty savvy about Find and Replace, but you opened my eyes to a lot of customizations possible.
Rep+ to you.

And for other posters, here's some additional info that I just discovered:

To replace regular fonts with ANY FONT STYLE you want (e.g. new font, font size, bold/not bold, italics/no italics, etc.):
In a Word doc, open Find + Replace. Select the Replace tab.
Type the desired text in the ‘Find What’ field.
In the ‘Replace With’ field, type the desired text.
Then, with the cursor still inside the ‘Replace With’ box, at the bottom-left of the Find + Replace screen, select Format, then Font, and then you can then select any font changes you wish.
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10 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Thank you very much for your kind comments. Obviously, when people take time out to add to my reputation it is very much appreciated, but like many more on WSF, I take great pleasure in knowing I've helped someone.
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