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OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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Finding and replacing text and formatting

Writer has a Find and Replace feature that automates the process of searching for text inside a document. In addition to finding and replacing words and phrases, you can:

  • Use regular expressions (wildcards) to fine-tune a search (see the Help for details).
  • Find and replace specific formatting (see the Writer Guide).
  • Find and replace paragraph styles (see the Writer Guide).

To display the Find & Replace dialog, use the keyboard shortcut Control+F or select Edit > Find & Replace.

Type the text you want to find in the Search for box.

To replace the text with different text, type the new text in the Replace with box.

You can select various options such as matching the case, matching whole words only, or doing a search for similar words. (See below for some other choices.)

When you have set up your search, click Find. To replace text, click Replace instead.

Image:Tip.png If you click Find All, OOo selects all instances of the search text in the document. Similarly, if you click Replace All, OOo will replace all matches.
Expanded Find & Replace dialog
Image:documentation_caution.png Use Replace All with caution; otherwise, you may end up with some hilarious (and highly embarrassing) mistakes. A mistake with Replace All might require a manual, word-by-word, search to fix.

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