find and replace text in Word 2010 smartart chart

I have an organizational chart where MANY boxes contain the word "Assistant".  I want to change them all to be "asst".

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On the ribbon bar, select the Home tab and look all the way to the right.  You'll see a Replace icon there (right underneath the Find icon).  Or you can hold down CTRL and H at the same time to bring up the same Find & Replace dialog box.

rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Perhaps you did not notice the part of my post where I said the text to be replaced is INSIDE a smartart organizational chart.  

Or perhaps you simply did not realize the normal find and replace does not affect that text.
I'm not sure why you couldn't do it.  It works fine when I create a SmartArt org chart in a Word document.  Perhaps you should upload your document and we can take a closer look at the problem.


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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I figured it out. It turns out that find and replace only applies to the selected cell.  

  If I want to do the whole document, I need to select them all. (OR I can click on empty space in the chart which also works.)
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I prematurely marked the problem as closed.  I had been playing with a small version of the org chart and thought I had the problem figured out.  It turns out I was wrong.

When I switched to the real org chart version, MS Word hangs when I try to change the boxes.  I then tried in Excel and discover that Excel has completely disabled the find and replace function.  I am leaving this MS Word thread closed, but if anyone wants to post further comments, they can do so at
My Find and Replace in Excel is not disabled; however, unlike Word, it doesn't work on the Org charge.  If you want to, you can upload your Word version here and I'll try the find and replace to see if it hangs as well.
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Office 2010 smartart has plenty of bugs, but I was able to do the find and replace in power point so my immediate problem is solved.

you said <Find and Replace in Excel is not disabled; however, unlike Word, it doesn't work on the Org charge>.

That is exactly what I am seeing.  My excel 2010 Find and replace works fine on virtually every function EXCEPT smartart.  If you care to tackle that Excel problem, please post at

I'm glad you got it working in PowerPoint. I'll let other experts try to figure that out in Excel; however, I think since Find and Replace is geared more toward numbers on Excel, it really won't work there.
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