I'm using find/replace with wildcards.
Let's say I want to surround specific text strings (names of Word documents) with parentheses. Each word doc starts with BP_ and ends with docx.
Find: (<BP_*docx>) Replace: (\1)
Above, expression 1 is the entire word document name. Find/replace highlights the word document name when I press Find Next, so I know it's finding the right thing.
However, whether I replace with (\1) or (^&), the result is always something like BP_document_name.docx(). In other words, even though I've surrounded the text with parentheses in my Replace field, Word chooses to put those opening and closing parens at the end of the text I searched for.
What I don't understand is that if I copy the same paragraph text into a brand new, clean word doc and performed the same procedure, the outcome is what I expect to see: (BP_document_name.docx)
Anyone seen this before? Could there be something about the word doc I'm editing that is mucking things up? Like, the text being inside a table, with a certain format? I'm at a loss and could really use some help.