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Find and Replace Words or Phrases

Did you write your entire novel using a name that you no longer think suits your main character, such as Smith? And now you’ve come up with a better name, and need to replace the character’s last name with Scrooge? No problem:

  1. From the Edit menu, choose “Find...,” or press Command F. A search field appears below the ruler bar.
  2. Click the “Replace” checkbox to open a Replace text field below the search field.
  3. In the Find field, type the word you want to find, such as Smith.
  4. In the Replace field, type the word or phrase that will replace the found word, such as Scrooge.
  5. Find and replace:
    • Replace: Replaces the currently selected occurrence of the word or phrase, then automatically finds the next occurrence.
    • All: Replace all occurrences of the found text. Press (don’t click) on the “All” button to see more options.
    • To manually find other occurrences of the text, click the Previous and Next buttons.
    • For more search options, click the small double-arrows next to the magnifying glass icon on the left side of the window.
  6. Click “Done” to put the Find and Replace fields away.
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