Search for all web adresses in the current document with just a single search expression

Andreas Hermle
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Dear Experts:

I got dozens of website addresses in the current document. They are all just plain text not fields.

There are three possible make-ups of these adresses, e.g.

1.
www.basf.com
www.oracle.com

2.
http://www.microsoft.com
http://linkedin.com

3.
https://www.xing.com
https://www.microsoft.com

Is there the possibility of searching them all with just a single search expression, e.g. with a wildcard search.

Help is much appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

Regards, Andreas
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Rob HensonFinance Analyst

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Searching for (.co) will show all occurences of ".com" and ".co.uk". The brackets tell the search to look for an expression.
Andreas HermleTeam leader

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Hi Rob,

ok, thank you very much for your swift response. As a matter of fact your expression regrettably is not what I was looking for.

In the meantime I have come up with one expression which is useful for my purpose:
[w]{3}.*.*> (wildcards checked)

Will do some more research and then get back to the forum.

Thank you very much for your help.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

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That won't find the entries that are like your LinkedIn.com example as it doesn't have the "www" part or the first "."
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Andreas HermleTeam leader

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I know Rob, I am working on it. Thank you, Rob
Andreas HermleTeam leader

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Hi Rob:
I found an easy solution to my problem:

I run the 'autoformat as you type' option on the document with all these e-mail adresses and hyperlink paths that do not have hyperlink properties (just plain text).

I uncheck all the possibilities in this dialog with the exception of 'Internet and Network paths with hyperlinks'

I press enter and the plain text network paths and e-mail adresses are converted to hyperlink fields.

Thats it.

Regards, Andreas
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I found an easy solution to my problem:

I run the 'autoformat as you type' option on the document with all these e-mail adresses and hyperlink paths that do not have hyperlink properties (just plain text).

I uncheck all the possibilities in this dialog with the exception of 'Internet and Network paths with hyperlinks'

I press enter and the plain text network paths and e-mail adresses are converted to hyperlink fields.

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