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: Keeping a Replace Operation Displayed.

Keeping a Replace Operation Displayed

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 17, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When Sarra uses the Find and Replace feature in Word and clicks on the Replace button, Word makes the change and automatically moves to the next occurrence of whatever she is searching for. She would like the program to make the change and not move to the next occurrence, but keep visible where the change was made.

If you use the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box, then there is no way to do this; clicking the Replace button does the replace and automatically displays the next occurrence of whatever you are searching. There is, however, a rather simple workaround. Follow these general steps:

  1. Copy the replacement text to the Clipboard.
  2. Use Ctrl+F to find the first match, then press Esc to get rid of the dialog box. (What you were searching for should still be selected.)
  3. Press Ctrl+V. Word replaces the selected text with the replacement text in the Clipboard.
  4. Press Ctrl+Pg Dn or click the Next arrow in the Object Browser.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as desired.

This isn't the only workaround, however. You can also follow these similar steps:

  1. Copy the replacement text to the Clipboard.
  2. Use Ctrl+F to find the first match, then press Esc to get rid of the dialog box. (What you were searching for should still be selected.)
  3. Press Ctrl+V. Word replaces the selected text with the replacement text in the Clipboard.
  4. Press Shift+F4 to repeat the last find operation.
  5. Press F4 to repeat the last edit operation.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as desired.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10599) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Keeping a Replace Operation Displayed.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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