How to Search for Special Characters in Word 2016
The following table describes the special characters you can look for in Word 2016 documents. To look for the special characters listed in the table, enter the character directly in the text box or click the Special button in the Find and Replace dialog box, and then choose a special character from the pop-up list.
Be sure to enter lowercase letters. For example, you must enter ^n, not ^N, to look for a column break. Note: A caret (^) precedes special characters.
|Manual Formats That Users Insert|
|Manual line break||^l|
|Manual page break||^m|
|No-width non break||^z|
|No-width optional break||^x|
|1/4 em space||^q|
|Em dash (—)||^+|
|En dash (–)||^=|
|White space (one or more blank spaces)*||^w|
|Characters and Symbols|
|Foreign character||You can type foreign characters in the Find What and Replace
With text boxes
|ANSI and ASCII characters and symbols||^nnnn, where nnnn is the four-digit code|
|Contents of the Find What box||^&|
|Elements of Reports and Scholarly Papers|
*For use in find operations only
Before searching for special characters, go to the Home tab and click the Show/Hide button. That way, you see special characters — also known as hidden format symbols — on-screen when Word finds them.
Creative people find many uses for special characters in searches. The easiest way to find section breaks, column breaks, and manual line breaks in a document is to enter ^b, ^n, or ^l, respectively, and start searching. By combining special characters with text, you can make find-and-replace operations more productive. For example, to replace all double hyphens (–) in a document with em dashes (—), enter — in the Find What text box and ^m in the Replace With text box. This kind of find-and-replace operation is especially useful for cleaning documents that were created in another program and then imported into Word.