word 2010 find and replace wildcards and formatting
Posted on 2013-02-01
I have a large number of Word documents that have been poorly formatted. Many of them are just glossaries of terms where the paragraph starts with the word or phrase and a colon, then a space and the definition. Each entry is separated by 2 paragraph markers since the author didn't know about space after or space before options.
I want to search for the text between the 2 paragraphs and the ": space" and replace it with a character style to make it stand out (such as bold, but I'd probably use a style entry, not just font bold).
Can someone suggest how to search for a string of text between specific characters like the ^p^p pair and the ": " pair? I may just go into the documents and replace all the ": " with something like a tab or ~ and then convert text to table columns, but that might put my document in a layout I don't want to keep.