MS Word 2000 Wildcard Use in Search/Replace

MS Word 2000 Wildcard Use in Search/Replace

Post by C. Smit » Fri, 09 Apr 2004 01:57:05



I am trying to get rid of the AOL "time stamp" in a logged instant message conversation using MS Word 2000. I cannot figure out how to do this using wildcard function in search/replace. Here is an example of how one line of the text appears: Toone 1223 [12:46 AM]: The following line has a different time and will look like this: Toone 1223 [12:47 AM]: I need to get rid of the time stamp and close up the spaces on ALL lines so the final result looks like this on all lines: Toone 1223: HELP! Thank you.
 
 
 

MS Word 2000 Wildcard Use in Search/Replace

Post by Lee Hanke » Sat, 24 Apr 2004 05:17:14


When you specify the square brackets characters,
in the find dialogue box, they must be themselves
surrounded by square brackets, otherwise they are
interpreted as signifying a range.

Therefore the pattern to search for is not

[*:*]

but is

[[]*:*[]]




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