In this video, learn how to use wildcards to find and replace text. Author Jen McBee demonstrates how to use wildcards such as an asterisk to find a sequence of one or more characters. Jen will also review how to use the questionmark wildcard to represent
- We often use a simple find and replace to make multiple changes throughout a document all at once, but what if we're not sure of the spelling or if we want to capture more than just a simple find of a word? Well we can use wildcards, and the two that we're going to focus on today are asterisk, where we can find just a sequence in a word and here's an example J*n will find John, Jon and Joan.
So it finds everything in between the J and the N. The other wildcard that we'll discuss is a question mark. We use a question mark to represent a single character. So for instance, l?w will find low and law in words such as below and lawful. We'll be working with the 0301 advanced find and replace, so let's jump right in. Now to open the find and replace window, I can use a keyboard shortcut, ctrl+f for find or on my home tab I can come over and click find and do advanced find.
Here's the find and replace window. Now you might not be used to seeing everything in this window, and the reason that we can see these extra search options is I'm showing more or all of the options. This is probably what you're used to seeing, just a simple find tab, replace tab and go to, but I do want to go ahead and expand our options by clicking more so that I can use wildcards. Watch what happens if I don't turn use wildcards on. I'll ask it to find vet, V-E-T*, with an asterisk because I want anything that begins with V-E-T.
I don't care what follows it. I want all of those words to be found. I'll go ahead and click find next, and it's telling me it couldn't find anything, and that is all because I didn't click use wildcards. So if you're asked on the exam to do a search using wildcards, don't forget to come in here and turn it on. So once I toggled that on and click find next, now it's going to find every word that begins with V-E-T, no matter what follows. Let's take a look at using the question mark wildcard.
I want to search for Dr. Winthrup's name. I'm not exactly sure how it's spelled, but I know that it begins with W-I-N-T-H-R, and I'm not sure if it's a U or an O, so I'm going to type a question mark in, followed by a P. Let's have it find winthrup for us. Here's the first instance. It's W-I-N-T-H-R-O-P. I need to change that so it's R-U-P. I'll click on replace, and type it in correctly, and go ahead and say replace all.
It made two replacements, that's perfect, that's exactly what I expected to see. Practice using the advanced find and replace options so you'll be better prepared for the Word MOS Expert exam.
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The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. To begin, Jennifer provides an overview of the certification program and its costs. She then walks through all of the certification objectives, including hands-on experience with downloadable sample documents. She concludes the course with a full-length practice test that emulates exam 77-425, together with solutions to each of the exam challenges.
- Managing and sharing documents
- Setting tracking options
- Restricting editing and limiting authors
- Designing advanced documents
- Customizing field formats
- Using advanced find and replace
- Creating advanced references
- Creating a mail merge
- Creating custom Word elements
- Creating and managing style sets