Suppose you have a document that you are working on that has multiple paragraphs that begin with incomplete sentences. This happens often in legal, academic and technical documents.
It normally is very apparent where these incomplete sentences are placed because the paragraph starts with a word with a lowercase letter rather than uppercase.
So how do we go about finding these paragraphs and placing an ellipsis at the beginning?
This is when you avail yourself of the Wildcard capabilities built into the Find and Replace tool
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Create an ellipsis character at the beginning of the first incomplete sentence in your document by clicking Alt + CTRL + .
- Select the ellipsis character and click CTR + C to copy it to your Clipboard.
- Place your cursor so that the ellipsis character is not longer selected.
- Click CTRL + H to display the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
- Click the More button if it is visible.
- Be certain the Use Wildcards box is selected.
- In the Find What box, key in: (^13)([a-z])
- In the Replace With box, key in: \1^c\2
- Click Replace All.
What you keyed into the Find What box will locate any end of paragraph marker followed by an lowercase letter. The parentheses around these individual elements form two groups than may be referenced in the Replace With box by the \1 and \2, respectively. The ^c in the Replace With box indicates that you want to use the contents of your Clipboard in the replacement.