How to Use Advanced Search Options in Word 2008 for Mac
In Word 2008 for Mac, you can save time and effort by using the advanced search options in the Find and Replace dialog. You can search for capitalization, characters, homonyms, and more. These options appear when you click the little blue triangle in the lower-left corner.
Choose Edit→Find to open the Find and Replace dialog. Here’s the criteria you can use for any find or replace operation:
Match Case: Makes the find and replace operation case-sensitive. So, for example, if you search for the word rat and replace it with the word rodent, any time Rat is the first word in a sentence, it’s replaced with Rodent, rather than rodent.
Find Whole Words Only: Finds only whole words. So, for example, if you enable this option, then search for do and replace it with perform, it wouldn’t change words that contain the word do, such as dog, donut, or domestic. With this option unchecked, the first two letters in each of those words would have been replaced with perform, so they’d read, performg, performnut, and performmestic.
Use Wildcards: Lets you choose wildcard items, such as Any Character, from the Special menu near the bottom of the dialog.
Sounds Like: Lets you search for homonyms. So, searching for so with this option enabled would also find sew and sow.
Find All Word Forms: Finds all forms of the word you search for. So, for example, if you enable this option, then search for show and replace it display, it would find showed, showing, and shows, and replace them with displayed, displaying, and displays, respectively.
You can fine tune your search or replace operation even further with choices from the Format or Special menus. In the Format menu, you can specify font, paragraph, highlight, style, language, and more attributes that you want to either search for or use in your replacement text. And the Special menu lets you search for invisible attributes, such as tab and paragraph marks, column and page breaks, and more.