The perils of Find and Replace.

The perils of Find and Replace. 😎

A writer told me about a time recently when he used Find and Replace on Word to change all references of ‘he’ and ‘she’ to ‘they’, and ‘his’ and ‘hers’ to ‘theirs’.

Unfortunately, he did a ‘replace all’ and did not have ‘whole words only’ selected so it messed up all sorts of other words.

✅ the –> tthey ❌

✅ sheet –> theyet ❌


✅ historic –> theirstoric ❌

✅ others –> ottheirs ❌

Make sure you’ve expanded your menu when doing Find and Replace so that you can select ‘whole word only’.

I recommend replacing one at a time for the first few to make sure Word is picking up what you want it to. Then use ‘replace all’ only if you’re satisfied this will work accurately.

Published by clairecherryedits Indie Fiction Specialist. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

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