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How to insert symbols into Find and Replace Box in Word 2000

I have very lengthy document in Encoded Text format, with New Courier font. A symbol (small box-like) occurs throughout the document. It signifies quotation marks. When saved as a Word document the symbol remains. I want to change this symbol into New Courier quote marks. Since it occurs several thousand times in the document I do not wish to do it manually. I want to make the exchange automaticaly using Word's Find and Replace Function. However I find I cannot get the symbol into the Find box. I cannot copy from the text and then paste it into the box? Also the Insert Symbol function (either by clicking on Insert or using a Key code) will not put the symbol into the Find box. Help needed here.

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Re: Find and Replace

I assume the symbol isn't in Courier New, or is some unrecognised value. But you should still be able to copy and paste it into the Find window, although possibly you won't SEE it (if it's a character not found in the character set of that font). And if it's there, it could be replaced also.

Things to try to play with:
- Select this one character and see what font it is.
- Change the font of the whole document.
- Keep the document as rtf, and study the 'source' in Notepad. You might even be able to use the Notepad search and replace, and then reopen the document in Word.
- Write a macro to scan through the document and replace this character. Studying the rtf-version might help to get the code right.

Hope this helps.


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How to insert symbols into Find and Replace Box in Word 2000

In reply to: Re: Find and Replace

Thanks for your help, which I will try. However, in the meantime I have solved my problem as follows: I opened the Document in WordPad (which has a Find and Replace function). I find that I was able to copy and paste the unwanted symbol into the Find and Replace dialog box in WordPad - and thus remove it from the document.

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