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Consider a string to be replaced in Microsoft Word

Foo^Bar

Using the Find and Replace dialog, Word interprets a caret(^) character as a control character to help find predefined elements in your Word document.

How can I escape this process and actually find and replace a string containing a caret?

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^B is not a valid special character for the Find What box

Using an escape like Foo\^Bar doesn't work. What can be used to escape this?

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Just tried it in Office 2007.

Use Foo^^Bar as your search string.

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You need to escape it with an extra ^.

Foo^^Bar will search for Foo^Bar

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