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It is not uncommon to use repeating design elements in a document. For instance, you may want all occurrences of a particular word to appear in bold italics, at a certain point size. While you can certainly do the formatting by hand, it is much more efficient to allow a macro to do the work for you. By handling the formatting in this way, you don't need to worry about remembering how the word should appear. This macro, FormatWords, is an example of such a macro.
Sub FormatWords() Selection.Find.ClearFormatting Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting With Selection.Find .Text = "Warning!" .Replacement.Text = "" .Replacement.Font.Bold = True .Replacement.Font.Italic = True .Forward = True .Wrap = wdFindContinue .MatchWholeWord = True End With Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll End Sub
When you run this macro, it searches for all occurrences of the word Warning (followed by an exclamation point) and changes the formatting on it so the word is bold and italics.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1762) applies to Microsoft Word versions: 97 | 2000 | 2002 | 2003
You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Using a Macro to Change the Formatting of All Instances of a Word.
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