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Macro to find and highlight any hyphenated words?

Posted on 2012-04-13
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Hello, I would like to search through a word document and highlight any words with a hyphen.  

For example:

My favorite tech site is experts-exchange.  

I would like the macro to highlight 'experts-exchange'.  Does anyone know how to do this?

Thank you,
Bev
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You can do the in one Find and Replace step without a macro. However here is some VBA to do the job.
Sub HiHyphWords()
    With ActiveDocument.Range.Find
        .MatchWildcards = True
        .Text = "<[A-z]{1,}-[A-z]{1,}>"
        .Replacement.Highlight = True
        .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    End With
End Sub

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by:Bevos
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This is awesome, now I won't miss any of those danged hyphens :)
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by:GrahamSkan
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I have refrained from a point-by-point explanation, but for this string "<[A-z]{1,}-[A-z]{1,}>",  the equivalents are:

 <              word start
[A-z]{1,}     one or more letters
>               word end

A full exposition of Wildcarding can be found here:

http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/UsingWildcards.htm
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