Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Dealing with Run-On Sentences.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 11, 2021)
Mia often edits documents containing run-on sentences. Invariably these are two sentences that are currently joined by a comma. Mia wants to replace the comma with a period and then capitalize the first letter of the next word. Doing this manually gets repetitive and time-consuming, so she would like to create a macro and a keyboard shortcut to handle the process.
You could actually record a macro to handle this type of edit. Put your insertion point to the left of the comma and start the macro recorder. You can then perform these steps:
You can now stop the macro recorder. The macro could be assigned to a shortcut key, or to a button on the toolbar. If you examine the macro, you will find that it looks similar to the following:
Sub FixRunOn() Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, _ Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend Selection.TypeText Text:="." Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, _ Count:=1 Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, _ Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend Selection.Range.Case = wdUpperCase End Sub
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