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Using advanced search criteria

Place the insertion point in the text where Word should start the search or select the relevant text.

From the Home tab, click the Replace button or use the [Ctrl] F or [Ctrl] H keyboard shortcuts. Next, activate either the Find or Replace tab.

Enter the text you want to find in the Find what box, using the following operators:

?

replaces one character.

*

replaces a string of characters.

[-]

replaces any character included in the defined range.

[]

replaces one of the characters specified between the brackets.

[!]

replaces any one character except those which appear between the brackets.

[!x-z]

replaces any one character except those in the range quoted between the brackets. 

{n}

replaces exactly n occurrences of the preceding character or the preceding expression.

{n,m}

replaces from n to m occurrences of the preceding character or the preceding expression. 

@

replaces one or several occurrences of the preceding character or the preceding expression.

<(beginning)

replaces the beginning of a word.

(end)>

replaces the end of a word.

Example

Can be used to find

But will not find

? aw

saw - law - raw

thaw

s*w

saw - sinew - somehow

jigsaw

drive[i-r]

driver - driven

drives

fo[uw]l

foul - fowl

foal

th[!i]n

than - then

thin

[!n-r]ole

dole - hole - sole

pole - role

fil{2}

fill - fillet - filly

file - filial

can{1,2}

cane - canary - canny

co@

cocoa - cocoon

<(in)

intro - ink - investigate

drive-in

(re)>

centre

rewrite

If necessary, provide a replacement text in the Replace with text box.

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