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in the excel, I have data like


I want to find and replace it to


I tried

find: Series*
replace: <Series*>

But it doesn't really work. It can find the cells, but replace them with <Series*> all the time.

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Not with standard functionality. Is vba an option? – glh May 14 '13 at 7:33
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That type of replace is not a standard functionality in Excel but is do able using VBA:

Sub wrap_in_tag()

    With ActiveSheet.Cells

        Dim c As Variant, firstAddress As String, sFind As String

        sFind = InputBox("Enter search critera, e.g. Series* will result <Series_test>:" _
        , "Enter Critera")

        If sFind = "" Then Exit Sub

        Set c = .Find(sFind, LookAt:=xlWhole)

        If Not c Is Nothing Then
            firstAddress = c.Address
                c.Value = "<" & c & ">"
                Set c = .Find(sFind, LookAt:=xlWhole)
            Loop While Not c Is Nothing
        End If
    End With
End Sub
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thanks for this answer. can you edit this script so that all highlighted cells will add <> to them? sorry I am very new to VBA script. – Pat May 14 '13 at 16:04

Your best bet may be to replace Se by <Se and also t by t>.

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