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How to find a lower case letter at the


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Mamaijee asked on October 13, 2010

I have a long document which is a converted file. Some paras are broken. How do I do a search
in Word 2007 to find paras which begin with a lower case letter preceded by a para mark ie ^p
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Jay Freedman replied on October 13, 2010
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In the Find dialog, click the More button and check the box for "Use wildcards". Then put the
following expression into the Find What box:
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^13[az]
Then use the Find Next or Find In or Reading Highlight button, depending on what you want to
do.
If you want to use the Replace dialog to remove the paragraph marks from all the instances at
once, after checking "Use wildcards", put this in the Find What box:
^13[az]
and put this in the Replace With box:
\1
include a space character before the slash if the line before the paragraph mark doesn't end with
a space. Then click the Replace All button.
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Doug Robbins Word MVP replied on October 13, 2010
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Did you use
^13[az]
in the Find what control? It sounds like you just used
^13[az]
Hope this helps.
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Yes I did.

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Jay Freedman replied on October 13, 2010
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In the Find dialog, click the More button and check the box for "Use wildcards". Then put the
following expression into the Find What box:
^13[az]
Then use the Find Next or Find In or Reading Highlight button, depending on what you want to
do.
If you want to use the Replace dialog to remove the paragraph marks from all the instances at
once, after checking "Use wildcards", put this in the Find What box:
^13[az]
and put this in the Replace With box:
\1
include a space character before the slash if the line before the paragraph mark doesn't end with
a space. Then click the Replace All button.
Jay Freedman
MS Word MVPFAQ: http://word.mvps.org

http://jayfreedman.info

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Mamaijee replied on October 13, 2010

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Jay, thank you for taking the time to reply, the find part worked correctybut when I did replace "
\1" without quotes I keeping getting the message
"The replace group text contains a number which is out of range".
What should I do?
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Stefan Blom replied on October 13, 2010


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Did you remember to select the Use wildcards option?

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Mamaijee replied on October 13, 2010

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Yes I did.
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Doug Robbins Word MVP replied on October 13, 2010
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Did you use
^13[az]
in the Find what control? It sounds like you just used
^13[az]
Hope this helps.
Doug Robbins Word MVP,
dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org
Posted via the Community Bridge
"Mamaijee" wrote in message news:*** Email address is removed for privacy ***...

Yes I did.

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Hope this helps,


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dougrobbinsmvp@gmail.com

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Thank you Doug; It worked; you were absolutely right. I used^13[az] in the Find what control
instead of ^13[az]
You have saved me a lot of work; appreciate it!
Can u explain one more thing for my future reference I understood that ^13[az] means that
Word will search for a para end sign followed by any alphabet in lower case; but what does \1
mean in replace. U can tell I am not up with wildcards!

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Doug Robbins Word MVP replied on October 14, 2010


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For a full explanation of the use of Wildcards, see the following page of fellow MVP Graham
Mayor's website:
http://www.gmayor.com/replace_using_wildcards.htm
Hope this helps.
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Thank you Doug; It worked; you were absolutely right. I used ^13[az] in the Find what
control instead of ^13[az]
You have saved me a lot of work; appreciate it!
Can u explain one more thing for my future reference I understood that ^13[az]
means that Word will search for a para end sign followed by any alphabet in lower
case; but what does \1 mean in replace. U can tell I am not up with wildcards!

Doug Robbins Word MVP dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org

Hope this helps,


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Jay Freedman replied on October 14, 2010


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When you're using wildcards, if you enclose some part of the Find What expression in
parentheses, that forms a "replace group". Then in the Replace With expression you can use \1 to
include whatever
was matched by the replace group. If you enclose a second part of the Find What expression in
parentheses, you can use \2 to include that group, and so on.
There's much more about wildcards at
http://www.gmayor.com/replace_using_wildcards.htm
Jay Freedman
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Mamaijee replied on December 7, 2010

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Hello Jay
The above tip was very helpful. It works when I do a search in Word 2007 to find paras which
begin with a lower case letter preceded by a para mark ie ^p
But I come up with a problem; if the para begins with a lower case letter, but before that lower
case letter there is a space, then this does not work.
What should I do to get over this please?
Thank u
Mamaijee
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Jay Freedman replied on December 7, 2010


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To find a paragraph that starts with any number of spaces or tabs and then a lower case letter,
use the search term
^13[ ^09]@[az]
Notice that there is a space character after the first bracket. The ^09 represents a tab character.
You will have to do two separate searches one for paragraphs that have spaces or tabs at the
start, and one for paragraphs that have no spaces or tabs. Unfortunately, Word's wildcard
language cannot search for "zero or more" of a particular character, only for "one or more", so
there is no way to look for both kinds of paragraphs in the same search.
Jay Freedman
MS Word MVPFAQ: http://word.mvps.org

http://jayfreedman.info

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