Is it possible, in Microsoft Word 2019, to replace certain text with an equation using the find and replace tool?

For example, suppose I have written x_i in different places in the document and I want to put it in equation format. Could this task be done with the replace tool?


Yes, this can absolutely be done with Microsoft Word. Firstly, type in that equation somewhere in the document using Equation tool in Word and copy it like this:

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(I have entered some x_i in my sample document above)

Now press ctrl+F; go to Replace tab and Enter in Find what: as x_i and in Replace with: as ^c. Press 'Replace All' button:

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You will have your text replaced by the equation. See this:

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This is it. You will have your equation in place of every x_i in the document.

I hope this helps :)

  • It works, thanks! So what does exactly the ^c mean? To replace it with the copied element? – Quaerendo May 3 '20 at 10:20
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    Yes. It replaces anything copied from the clipboard with preserved formatting :) – Sanu_012 May 3 '20 at 10:22

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