Help on Find-Replace needed
Thread poster: Uldis Liepkalns

Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Feb 16, 2006

Hi all, I have to change the order of symbols in the translation: (D4 fig.) to (fig. D4).

Figure numbers of course differ and there are thousands of changes to make. Is there some way to make Search-Replace function to do it?



Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.  Identity Verified
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Feb 16, 2006

[Edited at 2006-02-17 16:26]


Endre Both  Identity Verified
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Search sequence Feb 16, 2006

Hi Uldis,

if you only have one (uppercase!) letter and one digit in each name, try this:

([A-Z][0-9])( )(fig.)


For one letter and one or more digits (e.g. D44 fig.):
([A-Z][0-9]@)( )(fig.)

For one or more letters and one or more digits (e.g. ABC33 fig.):
([A-Z]@[0-9]@)( )(fig.)

In every case you need to tick the "With wildcards" box.

If you have lowercase letters too, try [a-z] instead of [A-Z].


[Edited at 2006-02-16 15:49]


Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Use MS Word Wildcards Feb 16, 2006

Endre already gave some examples. You can find more information and examples on MS Word "wildcard" searches (which are actually scaled-down regular expression searches) in an article of mine (How To Use Wildcards...), and still more here

[Modificato alle 2006-02-16 15:59]


Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
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Only wildcards... Feb 16, 2006

Patricia Fierro, M. Sc. wrote:

7. Click on the "Replace with" field
8. Enter "Fig." in the "Replace with" field
9. Click on "Special"
10. Click on "Any digit"

Have you actually tried this? There is no "Any digit" option in the "Replace with" field (obviously - you need to specify which digit to replace). You can put "Found text", but this gives the whole string, which would not help much.

Endre's method, on the other hand, should work quite well.


mk_lab  Identity Verified
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And do it slowly... Feb 16, 2006

And do it slowly, because you are in risk to loose an idea.


Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot Feb 16, 2006

to you all!



Jo Macdonald  Identity Verified
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Using Search-Replace Feb 16, 2006

Hi Uldis,

Here's something I posted recently on using Search-Replace


Robert Tucker (X)
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Maybe with a macro Feb 16, 2006

I use OpenOffice but probably something similar should work in Microsoft Word.

If you record a macro something like:

Have the cursor at the beginning of document
Start recording macro
Do ctrl-F and type “ fig.)” in the find box and click find
Hit delete
Close find dialogue
Click back into document
Type “)”
Do ctrl-F and type “(“ in the find box and check backward search and click find
Close find dialogue
Type “(fig. “
Stop recording macro and save

I don't know how to run a macro repeatedly automatically except that it is probably possible to edit the Basic code to do so.

[Edited at 2006-02-17 11:51]

Run Macro Repeatedly:

[Edited at 2006-02-17 13:35]


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