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MS Word: Finding words with 25 characters & longer
Thread poster: Wenke Geddert

Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
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May 20, 2004

Good morning

Last week, I completed a project for a CD menu navigation. The client approached me again and asked whether there would be any shortened versions of long words which contain about 25 letters, as they might have difficulty to fit them on the drop down lists.

Is there an option (like "find & replace" and "special") to find the words with the relevant character count without manually going through the document?

Thanks for your advice.


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Bruno Piatti  Identity Verified
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words with 25 characters May 20, 2004

Hi Wenke
In Find and Replace (with wildcards characters ON) you can try the following string: ""
(there are 25 question marks).
That way you’ll find the words with 25 characters. You can change the number of ?????? to search other lengths.
Hope this helps.


Sorry, but the string isn't viewable:
the string is:
‘less than’ sign
25 question marks
‘greater than’ sign


Bruno


[Edited at 2004-05-20 08:29]


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Search for any character of a given length May 20, 2004

Bruno's advice is a good idea, but the best special symbol (wildcard) to use is "^$"
Insert 25 times (or how many times you need) in the search string the sequence "^$" (Find: ^$^$^$^$^$....etc...)

The difference between "^?" and "^$" is that the first would consider the spaces too, while the second would consider only printable characters.

Gianfranco


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Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
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Thanks... May 20, 2004

... interesting exercise! Both replies were really helpful but Gianfranco's immediately pointed to the right word(s). So much more efficient than going through the document, spotting a potentially long word, highlighting it and doing a wordcount... Thanks once again for your prompt assistance! Wenke

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Bruno Piatti  Identity Verified
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just to point out... May 20, 2004

Wenke Geddert wrote:

... interesting exercise! Both replies were really helpful but Gianfranco's immediately pointed to the right word(s). So much more efficient than going through the document, spotting a potentially long word, highlighting it and doing a wordcount... Thanks once again for your prompt assistance! Wenke




In my string I inserted the "" characters; that way you search only from the "beginning of word" to "end of word".

Anyway the Gianfranco's solution is really interesting.

Bruno


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Bruno Piatti  Identity Verified
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Moreover... May 20, 2004

Wenke Geddert wrote:

... interesting exercise! Both replies were really helpful but Gianfranco's immediately pointed to the right word(s). So much more efficient than going through the document, spotting a potentially long word, highlighting it and doing a wordcount... Thanks once again for your prompt assistance! Wenke




I think that with Gianfranco's solution you'll miss the last word in a sentence (ending with a "full stop", a question mark, a semicolon...)

My "25" cents

Bruno


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