Find and replace 'Only whole words' not available
Thread poster: Kathleen Misson

Kathleen Misson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:48
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
Dec 10, 2013

I want to find and replace a string of three words, but when I type the second word in the search box, the 'Only whole words' option changes to grey and cannot be selected. How can I find and replace a string of 'whole' words? Thank you.

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Marc Cordes  Identity Verified
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Quotation marks Dec 10, 2013

I would try to put the whole string in quotation marks as you would normally do it when searching with a search engine.

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Kathleen Misson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:48
Member (2009)
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Doesn't work Dec 10, 2013

Thanks for the suggestion, I just tried it. Unfortunately it searches for the quotation marks as part of the string. The only whole words option is still not available.

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MikeTrans
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multi-words are not part of a word... Dec 11, 2013

Hi,

the box greys out because there's no need to check it at all: it will (should) find and replace anything you enter as natural text, if you want the spaces inclusive, then enter [space] + your 3 words.

The box is only to find/replace things like "string" and not "strings", "Darwin" and not "Darwinism" etc.

Mike


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Kathleen Misson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:48
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
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Further explanation Dec 11, 2013

The entire text contains multiple strings of

'Mary Jane shoe'
and
'Mary Jane shoes'

I only want to replace the first as the second is ok. If I do this however, I will end up with multiple instances of
'Mary Jane shoess'
from the second being replaced too.

I know i can find and replace shoess with shoes later but it would be useful to know if there is a way to use 'match only whole words' on strings because it is something i would use frequently.

[Edited at 2013-12-11 16:24 GMT]


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MikeTrans
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No... Dec 11, 2013

No, I don't think that the SR function in MemoQ is that elaborated. It would be easy (and I would highly welcome it) if the SR could accept RegEx commands which presently is not the case.

Mike


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