Find and Replace is such a powerhouse feature in Word. Unfortunately, a lot of folks barely scratch the surface of what it can do. Me, I love doing things quickly and easily. I love, love, love to save time and keystrokes, and using Find and Replace allows me to do exactly that!
Recently, I had someone ask me how he could switch quotation marks from British to American style. You see, The British style is to place the punctuation mark outside the quotation, whereas in America, we place the final punctuation mark inside the quotation. He was flummoxed as to how he could make this switch quickly and easily.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Go to the first instance of the quotation mark you would like to change and copy it. You copy it because there is all manner of symbols used for quotation marks and you can be sure you have it right this way.
- Press CTRL + H which will open the Find and Replace dialog.
- Click More.
- Check Use wildcards.
- In the Find what area, key in (paste your copied quotation mark here)([.,;:\?\!]).
- In the Replace with area, key in \2\1\.
- Click Find Next.
- Click Replace on each instance you would like to change. Click Replace All if you are sure that you will not change something else inadvertently.
That worked perfectly for this gentleman and it can for you as well!