Word "Find and Replace"?

Subject: Word "Find and Replace"?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Kirk Turner <royj -at- alltel -dot- net>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 16:51:37 -0500

Kirk Turner wondered: <<Does anyone know why Word's "Find and Replace" function does not work at times?>>

Repeat after me: Word happens! <g>

OK, a bit more usefully: One of the common reasons for the Find and Replace to stop working is that you inadvertently selected one of the keyboard shortcuts that redefines how Word searches. Working from memory here (not using a PC version anymore), but my recollection is that Control- or Alt- plus H selects the "match case" option, Control-B or Control-I sets the search pattern to look for (respectively) bold and italics versions of the search phrase, and so on. (There are several others.)

Other than that, we'd need to know exactly what you've been doing up to the point where it stopped working. "I wasn't doing anything abnormal" usually means "I think I wasn't, but I did something unusual without noticing and the whole thing is now bollixed up." Standard solution for these problems is to first close and reopen Word, followed by close and reboot. Worth a try, leastwise.

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