If, like me, you use fields in your documents, you might have an occasion where you need to delete a specific kind of field, without removing all the other types of fields in your document. You can use the ^d special character in the Find What box when doing a Find and Replace, but using the ^d switch does not discriminate in that it finds all fields.
There are a couple of ways in which you can approach this problem. First, when using ^d, you can follow it by the field code you want to search. Then, if you search for ^d XE you can find all the XE fields in the document, ignoring the rest.
The second way is to search using the ^19 character. This is the code for an opening field brace. Follow it by the field you want to select, as in ^19 DATE, and only those fields are found.
Regardless of whether you use ^d or ^19, you need to note to what immediately follows. Word is very liberal about the number of spaces that can follow an opening field brace. There could be no spaces after an opening brace or two, three or more spaces. It is for this reason, that you will want to search for both ^dXE (no spaces) and ^d^wXE (multiple spaces, with the ^w representing white space). The same goes for the second method: you can search for ^19DATE and ^19^wDATE.
While you are searching for specific fields in your document, you will need to be sure that your field codes are displayed in your document. If you do not display them, Word will ignore the codes.
You can display them all by pressing Alt+F9. Also, you need to be sure that Hidden Text is displayed.