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Hi all!

I've searched the Help section of Microsoft Word (2007) and the Internet, and I can't find the solution for this:

NOTE: I'm NOT trying to Replace Smart Quotes with Straight Quotes.

Edit: NOTE Nr. 2: Before you try and suggest using

"Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > Replace x with y"

try doing it yourself first. It does not work.


What I'm trying to do is find and replace words or sentences within smart quotes to words or sentences within Guillemets (angle quotes).

I want Word to automatically do this:

"whatever word or sentence"

to

«whatever word or sentence»

This is a requisite for an academic paper, so it really must be done as requested (go figure), but since there are quite a few, it would be ideal to replace them all at once, instead of manually.

The thing is, Word says it found and replaced the dozens of them, but it didn't do anything (both Word 2007 and 2010).

I'm not very proficient with using wildcards, but I've also tried a few (to try and replace both at the same time, with any word or sentence in between) and all I got was Word getting all mixed up and doing stupid things.


Can anybody help ?

Thanks in advance!
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/27/11 at 4:57pm
 
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post #2 of 10
Use AutoCorrect. It'll automatically be replaced. Just remember to turn off the AutoCorrect listing after you're done.
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post #3 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz;13660042 
Use AutoCorrect. It'll automatically be replaced. Just remember to turn off the AutoCorrect listing after you're done.

Can you tell me how to do it ? What is the specific option ?

I'm trying to find and replace a word or a complete sentence that is within quotation marks into a word or sentence within angle quotes. Where is that option ?
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/27/11 at 4:35pm
 
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It's times like this I wish I paid attention in the last Word course I did. I can almost see it in my head...

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post #5 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Damarious25;13660098 
It's times like this I wish I paid attention in the last Word course I did. I can almost see it in my head...

Great avatar btw!!! MI FTW


Thanks! thumb.gif

I've never had the need to do this, but I would find strange that the Word programmers never thought of this. But the truth is, I can't find the solution anywhere.
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In Office 2010 (adapt to 2007):
Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > Replace x with y
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post #7 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by csm725;13660240 
In Office 2010 (adapt to 2007):
Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > Replace x with y

Thanks, but try doing it yourself. It doesn't work!

I think the problem lies with the fact Word can't tell the beginning quotation mark from the end one, because the begin and end angled ones are not the same, unless there is some wildcard specification to tell Word that you want

"whatever word or sentence"

to

«whatever word or sentence»
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/27/11 at 4:45pm
 
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Try first making sure smart quotes are off then doing this.
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post #9 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by csm725;13665789 
Try first making sure smart quotes are off then doing this.

Thanks! That almost worked. But not quite. It works but only half of it when you're actually typing. The first one is automatically replaced with a start Guillemet, but then at the end of the word it places another start Guillemet.

For example:


«any word or sentence«

but what I want is this:

«any word or sentence»


But anyway, not even this half working thing works when I'm trying to replace quotes that are already there. Tried using wildcards and haven't had any sucess either.

Anybody ?
 
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You need to find a way to change the characters Smart Quotes uses.
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