Find Acronyms in MS Word Documents

16June

Find Acronyms in MS Word Documents

A great tip from our friends at Shae Writing:

This is a quick and easy way to find all the acronyms in an MS Word document.

Remember that this command searches for consecutive capital letters, so it cannot distinguish between ‘SCBA’ and ‘DO NOT.’

For Word 2003:

1. Open the ‘Find’ window (Ctrl + F).
2. Check the box labeled ‘Use Wildcards.’
3. In the ‘Find what’ field, put this phrase: <[A-Z]{2,}> (no spaces)
4. Click ‘Highlight all items found in:’ and choose ‘Main Document.’
5. Click ‘Find All.’
6. Voila! All of your acronyms will be highlighted.

For Word 2007:

Follow Steps 1-3 above (for Word 2003)
4. Click ‘Reading Highlight,’ and then ‘Highlight All.’
5. You should be able to see all of your acronyms highlighted.

Posted by Wintress  Posted on 16 Jun 
  • acronyms, Editing, find tool, ms word tips, proofreading, Word
  • Post Comments 4

    Posted by denis on
    • Feb 4 2011
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    Wrong solution for word 2007. This works: This wil highlight words in uppercase with lenght between 2 and 5
    Posted by vmarkic on
    • Sep 27 2011
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    In the case of Eastern European code pages, you need to change the syntax in order to get it work:
    Posted by vmarkic on
    • Sep 27 2011
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    Posted by vmarkic on
    • Sep 27 2011
    Reply  
    Stupid application for comments... put semicolon instead of comma

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