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I want to be able to find and replace eat with Eat in Microsoft Word 2007. However, I don’t want to replace every occurrence of eat such as those that can be found inside other words such as great and meat.

I have tried doing this using the regular Find and Replace tool, but I get words with capital letters in the middle.

Is there a way I can just replace eat with Eat if it only exists on its own?

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Didn't you tell it to search for a match on whole words only? – user3463 Nov 28 '13 at 22:43
Ah excellent! Didn't see that. Thank you I will try it. – Abu Nooh Nov 28 '13 at 22:51
well, besides the suggestion.. a less good way might be replace <space>eat<space> for others like beginning of a line you might need a regex.. So, the "whole words only" that randolph suggests is probably the best way. – barlop Nov 29 '13 at 1:26
-1 and do you really want to find and replace ms word 2007? really? do you want to replace word 2007 with 2013? no I don't think you d. you should title your question better. (Though if you did it'd probably lose more value for you 'cos it'd make the answer so blatantly easy to google for wouldn't it) – barlop Nov 29 '13 at 1:27
@barlop, that’s good, but ␣eat␣ won’t catch He really liked to eat. Also, this site is like a wiki, you are free to improve it by editing it yourself. In fact, while it is more polite give a more experienced user a nudge to fix/improve their post themselves, for novice users who might not yet know better, it is perfectly fine, even advisable, for experienced users like yourself to take the initiative and do it for them. – Synetech Nov 29 '13 at 2:35
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In the Find and Replace window in the Replace tab, click the More >> button to display more Search Options. After where it says Search: click the dropdown arrow and select All. Put a check mark to the left of where it says: Match case. Put another check mark to the left of where it says: Find whole words only.

In the Find what input box type eat.
In the Replace with input box type Eat.

Click the Replace All button to replace all occurrences of "eat" with "Eat".

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