Microsoft Word. Replacements.
Thread poster: Carlos Montilla

Carlos Montilla
Local time: 03:07
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Mar 30, 2006

Dear all,

I'm translating a document with many repetitions. It keeps saying:

"XYZ" a failure

where "XYZ" can be a one-word, two-word, three-word, etc., phrase.

Could anyone let me how can I replace "xyz a failure" so the translation reads "fracaso de xyz"?

Thank you very much and best regards!


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Alison High  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 03:07
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French to English
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control H Mar 30, 2006

control H (CTRL + H)

find what XYZ a failure

replace with (insert selected phrase)

click on find next to see them one by one and replace to validate
click on replace all to do them all at once (much faster)



be VERY careful for replacements... replace phrases rather than individual words... short words are often part of longer words and if you "replace all" you could end up with some weird words in your final version.... I replaced "hut" with "cottage" and the word "shuttle" became "scotaggetle"!


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Carlos Montilla
Local time: 03:07
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Thanks, but... Mar 30, 2006

Thanks Alison. I know how to replace. What I want to know is how to replace the example given, as XYZ is a variable and the replacement implies a word order change.

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PAS  Identity Verified
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To get you started Mar 30, 2006

Open the find/replace dialogue.

Check the "use wildcards" box

Open the "special" tab.
You will see a list of a number of choices, including "preceding 1 or more words" and "preceding 1 or more characters".

I use the Polish version of Word, so some of the commands may differ.
I would suggest you copy part of your text to a new file and play around to see what comes out.

You will not be able to do it for all the occurrences at once, but first for one word, then for two, three etc.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2006-03-30 09:38]


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Carlos Montilla
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Thanks! Mar 30, 2006

Thanks Pawel, I'll try that!

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nnaemeka Odimegwu
Nigeria
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finding and replacing Mar 30, 2006

for xyz a failure, write it this way after pressing ctrl+H, xyz+a+failure

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nnaemeka Odimegwu
Nigeria
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xyz a failure Mar 30, 2006

sorry, my reply was wrong. i tried it but it failed to function. that's what search and replace was made for. wondering????

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Eva Blanar  Identity Verified
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Just an idea Mar 31, 2006

What about using actually xyz? I mean, you could change the one-word, two-words etc. expressions into x, xy, xyz in first round, than make the change "xyz a failure" into "fracaso de xyz" and then, change x, y, z one by one.

Be careful with replacements, though, a space before and after is usually required.


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