Bulk change "Field" variable in Word

I am updating some of our internal documentation.

I use a number of "DocProperty" or Advanced Property\Custom variables in my document.

I am trying to re-organise and standardise naming.

What I need to do is replace all fields with the "DocProperty" value of "IPADDRESS" to the new "DocProperty" value of "1IPADDRESS"

I can manually go thru, select the field, change but with a LOT of these that is very painful.

Wondering if there is a way to make this process a bit easier.

I am using MS Word 2013 SP1
Nat WallisTechnical Services ManagerAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Nat WallisTechnical Services ManagerAuthor Commented:
Also, I thought I might be able to change the name of the variable, but if I do that it will just add a new variable so unfortunately that isn't possible.

You can change the variable Name with VBA without adding a property

ActiveDocument.CustomDocumentProperties("IPADDRESS").Name = "1IPADDRESS"

Nat WallisTechnical Services ManagerAuthor Commented:

Sorry I think I wasnt very clear, is there a way to replace the field in the document.

I have in the document both IPADDRESS and 1IPADDRESS.

I want to change any field variables that are looking at "IPADDRESS" to be changed to "1IPADDRESS"

Not sure if that makes sense.
Let's GoCommented:
I think this is what you want:

1. Display all field names (e.g. ctrl-a to select the whole document, then shift-F9 to display field names)

2. Use search and replace to make the change you want.  You should search for both

Open in new window


Open in new window

where (space) refers to pressing the space bar, and replace with

Open in new window

Note: If IPADDRESS is only ever used in DOCPROPERTY fields, then you could just search-and-replace for IPADDRESS.

3. Reverse step 1 to show field results (e.g. again press ctrl-a to select the whole document, then shift-F9 to display field names)

If you want, you could put this into a macro.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Nat WallisTechnical Services ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much, that has done the job very nicely :-)
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Word

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.