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    Robko is offline Beginner
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    Default Microsoft Word Find & Replace feature not working properly

    Hi all

    I have a real big Word 2013 document, which was originally scanned from a book and it contains heaps of optional hyphen’s. Whenever I try to delete every instance of these hyphen’s using the ‘find & replace’ feature, Word simply reports: ‘All done. We made 0 replacements’ (meaning that Word is so useless it won’t recognise its own symbols); unless I’m going about it the wrong way.

    The internet is full of advice only on how to insert this symbol.

    If this at all possible – to delete hyphen’s - can someone please point me in the right direction please.

    On another scanning issue: every paragraph ends without a punctuation mark of any type. How would I possibly put a full-stop at the end of paragraph’s? – if possible.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Let me ask you upfront:
    -- is this happening only in that long long document?
    -- is this happening in other much shorter documents?
    -- what happens with Wordpad or Notepad [or whatever MS calls 'em now] on shorter documents?

    If the problem only exists within that one long long document, forget the below, it won't help.
    If the problem is happening with most if not all documents, let's discuss this further, read on.

    Find and Replace within Lebre and Open office suites are similar to Word's F&R; lemmie guess at something.
    Pretend we have:
    boat--anchor [extra hyphen]
    room-mate [hyphen not needed]
    room - mate [extra character spaces, not needed; good hyphen]
    involve- [end of previous wrap-around, no longer needed]
    involve - [end of previous wrap-around, no longer needed]
    All of the above I've run into before.
    As dumb as my next question is going to appear, bear with me, I fight F&R quarterly within Lebre and Open:
    For each of the above: exactly what do you type into find box and exactly what do you type into replace box?
    Last edited by RolandJS; 30th November 2015 at 11:42.

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    I'll admit I'm no Word guru but I have managed to solve both scanning issues.

    Thanks for your input Roland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robko View Post
    I'll admit I'm no Word guru but I have managed to solve both scanning issues.

    Thanks for your input Roland.
    For the benefit of others, can you please let us know what you did?

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