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Larilyn's Tip of the Week: Microsoft Word - Find and Replace

This week's tip is one that some of you may find very basic - but for some, it may be a Godsend!

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Sometimes it's hard for me to figure out what is too simple of a tip, because I am surprised at how often I am talking to someone about what I think is a basic function that everyone knows, only to find out that I just blew the person's mind with the concept I'm talking about.

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So let's talk Find and Replace.  This can be very helpful in many situations.  For example, if you use a standard contract for every client and you just need to replace the names for every client.  Or you are living my dream of writing a novel and halfway through, you realize that your character's name really should be Anna instead of Drizella.  

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You can spend a lot of time going through pages and pages of the document looking for every instance where you've used the name you need to change.  I mean, you can.  I'm not going to stop you.  If you feel like that is the most effective use of your time, go for it.

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OOOOOOOOOR....you can use the Find and Replace feature.  Super simple.  In your document, just hit CTRL+H.  This will open up the Find and Replace box.  In the space for "find what" type the name you no longer need.  In my novel, I no longer need Drizella.  Then in the "replace with" box you type the name you want to use instead.  So I put in Anna.

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Once you have it filled in, you just click that handy Replace All button and it will go through the whole document replacing them all.  Such a time saver!

Also handy when you realize halfway through your novel that you've been spelling saskatchewan wrong the whole time.  Or something like that.....

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