Word 2003 search & replace

Microsoft Word 2003 win32(full prod)
February 3, 2010 at 12:36:47
Specs: Windows XP
Is it possible to do a complete document search for underlined characters and replace them all with italic characters?

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February 3, 2010 at 13:02:08
Have you tried the steps listed here?


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February 3, 2010 at 13:07:28
Yep, I've tried it every way I know how to try it... Keep thinking I must be missing something.

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February 3, 2010 at 13:29:26
Actually, I tried the steps at that site also and it didn't change anything, even though Word told me exactly how many replacements it had made.

The count of items was correct for various tests, but nothing actually got changed.

I figured I'd let someone else try it before I mentioned that it didn't work for me. ;-)

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February 3, 2010 at 14:11:42

It may be the find part of your find-replace that is wrong.

Open Find-Replace

In the Find what: section, use Format and select Font.
In the Font dialog in the Underline section try Underline Words Only, or if you used that, try another underline style.

The font, font style and font size boxes are left empty.

Do not have any characters in either the Find or the Replace boxes.

In Replace with, select Format and Font
Select Font style Italic and Underline - None.

Font name and size are left empty.

This worked on a sample document, replacing underlined text with italic font - but what was replaced depended on how it was underlined!


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February 3, 2010 at 14:16:07
Thanks! I think I finally got it! I was using Words Only instead of an underline style. I finally tried selecting a one-line style and it worked like a champ!
Thanks so much for everyone's help! (It was about to drive me crazy!)

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February 3, 2010 at 14:37:41
I tried both Words Only and the single underline style. As I said, Word told me how many replacements it made, but nothing changed.

I also tried Bold to Italic, and once again, I was told how many changes were made, but nothing visually happened.

IMO, regardless of whether I chose the wrong formatting or not, Word shouldn't tell me that it made replacements when it didn't.

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February 3, 2010 at 14:54:14
Hi DerbyDad03,

When you did the Underline Words Only or Underline style to Italic, was the Underline box in the replace set to none as opposed to blank.

If the Underline box in the Replace format - font is left empty, the existing underlining is 'replaced' with what was already there.

Running the same find - replace on the same text a second time with Underline set to 'none' removed the underline.

Both reported the same number of replacements.


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February 3, 2010 at 14:55:20
You're right... at least it didn't tell me it was doing something when it wasn't...

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