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Using a Macro to Change the Formatting of All Instances of a Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 22, 2020)

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It is not uncommon to use repeating design elements in a document. For instance, you may want all occurrences of a particular word to appear in bold italics, at a certain point size. While you can certainly do the formatting by hand, it is much more efficient to allow a macro to do the work for you. By handling the formatting in this way, you don't need to worry about remembering how the word should appear. This macro, FormatWords, is an example of such a macro.

Sub FormatWords()
   Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
   Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
   With Selection.Find
        .Text = "Warning!"
        .Replacement.Text = ""
        .Replacement.Font.Bold = True
        .Replacement.Font.Italic = True
        .Forward = True
        .Wrap = wdFindContinue
        .MatchWholeWord = True
   End With
   Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End Sub

When you run this macro, it searches for all occurrences of the word Warning (followed by an exclamation point) and changes the formatting on it so the word is bold and italics.

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9537) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Using a Macro to Change the Formatting of All Instances of a Word.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-04-29 10:15:12

Martin

Allen, many thanks for your tip. This is very helpful!

Could this macro also search for words that are in italics and change the formatting of all identical (non-italic) words into italics?

This would be a helpful tool to highight defined terms in a 500 page document. The document starts with a list of 400 words in italics followed by their meanings in regular formatting. On the following pages of the document, all previously defined terms have regular formatting. I am looking for an easy way to change the formatting of all defined terms into italics, so it is instantly clear that these words have a special meaning. Ideally, it could be avoided to list all 400 defined words in the macro. Many thanks again!


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