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I'm having trouble doing a find and replace in Word 2007.

I have a document with a load of French quotes which should be followed by non-breakable spaces, but are currently followed by normal spaces.

Rather than going through by hand, I want to do a find and replace of "« " with «nbsp; (or whatever the Word equivalent is).

The Find works fine, but the « gets replaced as ".

Any ideas? Everything that Google throws up is about SmartQuotes, which isn't my problem.

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Actually you have to uncheck the autocorrect quotes box in the Autocorrect tab (using MS Office 2010 in italian: it should be under Options > Correction Options > Autocorrect Options; in previous versions I don't know, in 2003 and before it should be under the Options menu). After unchecking:

In the document copy once the « symbol. In the Replace tab paste the « symbol in both find and replace spaces and in the find space add a space while in the replace line add a non-breakable space (by holding down shift and ctrl while pressing space). Replace All

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Thanks! I was worried I was going to have to write myself a macro. – Benjol Oct 21 '10 at 5:45
I'd upvote this again if I could! – Benjol Nov 15 '10 at 11:48

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