Find All The Acronyms In Word Documents

Find All The Acronyms In Word Documents

Lifehacker Reader Scott has to explain all the acronyms in his Word documents in an attached appendix. He’s learned to make Word search them out for him, and anyone can use the same trick.

Here’s Scott’s explanation of how he uses Word (2007) to search out and highlight only the acronyms in his documents:

  1. In Word, Open the Find window (Ctrl + F)
  2. Check the box labelled “Use Wildcards”
  3. In the “Find What” field, put this phrase:
    <[A-Z] {2,}>
    (voodoo explained here)
  4. Click “Reading Highlight”, and then “Highlight All”
  5. Enjoy seeing all of your acronyms highlighted.

Neat trick, Scott—and a good reminder that you can get pretty advanced with Word’s search service, saving yourself a lot of hunt-and-replace time on even the things you can’t imagine the computer can find for you.

Got your own mystical Word find-and/or-replace code? Share the sorcery in the comments.


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