HT replace period-followed-by-leter with period-space-space-letter? (Word 2010)

I have a huge document that got pasted out of another source.  Many of the sentences have no spaces between the period at the end of one sentence, and the first letter of the first word in the next sentence.  Is there a way to use search & replace to locate them and insert two spaces between the sentences?

Thanks for any help-
ottenmAsked:
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
Why don't you simply use a search/replace with

"."
replaced by
".  "
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
Later you might like to replace

".  "
replaced by
".   "
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Yes you need at least two Find and Replace operations to be sure of getting two and exactly two spaces.. If you use Wildcards, you can make sure that you are finding a full stop, and not a decimal point.

1 No spaces at the moment
Find:     .([A-Z]{1,})
Replace:  .  \1

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2.Some spaces at the moment
Find:     .[ ]{1,}([A-Z]{1,})
Replace:  .  \1

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Or you can do it with a VBA macro:
Sub TwoSpaces()
    With ActiveDocument.Range.Find
        .MatchWildcards = True
        .Text = ".([A-Z]{1,})" 'no current space followed by a capital letter
        .Replacement.Text = ".  \1"
        .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
        .Text = ".[ ]{1,}([A-Z]{1,})" 'one or more current spaces
        .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    End With
End Sub

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ottenmAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies.  ssaqibh, I can't do "." with ". " because there are a number of places that already have 1 or 2 spaces.

GrahamSkan, I can't get word to find a match using the regexp.  I copied one of them into the search/replace dialog, but no matches found.  I tried the other one in the navigation/search, and created a doc with dots, spaces and letters (also shown in the snap).  Is there a trick to entering regexp's into those dialogs?  

Thanks for any help-
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Have you ticked the 'Use wildcards' checkbox? It's visible if you click the 'More>>' button.
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ottenmAuthor Commented:
So polite!!  I had no idea it was my turn to be an idiot.

Well, now that that's out of the way.

Thanks a million GrahamSkan, worked like a charm!!
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