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Old May 11th 19, 11:36 AM
paul cardin paul cardin is offline
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Default Using wildcards to highlight certain text


I would like to highlight special instances of text in a Word document by using wildcards. I've searched widely, but my particular circumstances don't appear to be catered for.

I'd like to transform ALL instances of [word [timestamp]] in a document, e.g. [inaudible [12:34]] so that the square brackets and all the contents are highlighted in yellow in one press, after set-up.

I've tried the dialog box for find and replace / wildcards, etc. but cannot find a way through to achieving this with what would ultimately be one button press !

I thought I had it at one point when I set it up, pressed enter, and all my examples were highlighted in yellow...

...BUT the original text was lost, and replaced with hundreds of[*]s. Hope someone can help because the time saved compared to doing this manually would be enormous,

Many thanks, Paul

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