Searching for Special Characters in Word

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In Microsoft Word, the Find and Replace feature will locate not only text but formatting characters as well. These characters include items like paragraph symbols and the non-breaking spaces that sometimes appear when you copy text from a Mac.
To find and replace these special characters:


    • Click on the Home
    • Click on the drop-down arrow next to the Findbutton in the Editinggroup and choose Advanced Find.
    • In the Find and Replacedialog box, click theMore button in the lower left corner. This will open additional search options.


    • Click the Specialbutton at the bottom of the dialog box.
    • Select the special character that you would like to search for in your document. The code for that character will be added into the Find what:line of the dialog box.
    • You can then move to the Replacetab to complete the process.


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