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I have a bunch of furigana in my document. Whenever I want to copy a word or passage involving furigana and paste it outside of MS Word, like into Google Translate, the furigana shows up in brackets beside the word:

診断書(しんだんしょ)

Which forces me to highlight the bracketed part and remove it every time I want a plain, comprehensive passage. Is there any way to just exclude it from being copied?

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I don't think there is an easy way to exclude it, here is a workaround:

  • copy the whole text into a new document
  • remove all brackets and everything between them:
    • press CTRL+H
    • click More and check "use wildcards"
    • in "find what" type \([!)]@\)
    • leave "replace to" empty
    • click Replace all
  • copy your text to the final destination

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