When using the Find and Replace box in MS Word (2010), I have noticed that on some occasions, Word will find certain characters and on other occasions it will not. However, I have not been able to determine what brings about this different behavior.
For example, earlier today, I was working on one particular Word doc and with the Find and Replace box open, I was able to find (and replace if I wanted) left and right brackets as well as left and right curly brackets. I was also able to use an asterisk within the brackets (i.e. "[*]") to find and replace words or phrases.
However, now when I try to find either a left or right bracket, I get an error alert saying:
"The Find What text contains a range that is not valid."
Also, if I set the box to use wildcards and then enter [*] as the Find What argument, the only thing it finds is periods (i.e. ".")
If someone could shed some light upon what is causing this behavior, I would very much appreciate it.
PS By the way, I always use Find & Replace (Ctrl+H) even when I just want to find something and not replace it. The reason is that I find the new Ctrl+F panel to be confusing and cumbersome.