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Old 02-09-2019, 03:23 PM
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I need to replace straight quote marks with curly ones, and straight apostrophes with curly ones. I know how to use the Replace function. The problem is, I somehow messed up because now my closing quote is a curly apostrophe. and I cannot recall what I did last.



I selected a straight quote and pasted it into the Find box.

Then I typed a quote into the Replace box and hit Replace All. That replaced both the opening and closing quotes with curly quotes. All of the apostrophes were still straight.

Next, I selected one of the straight apostrophes and pasted it into the Find box.

Then I typed an apostrophe (at least I think I typed an apostrophe but I may have typed a quote) into the Replace box and pressed Replace All.


Finally, I saved the document.

Now I find that the although the opening quote and the apostrophes are curly, all the the closing quotes are curly apostrophes, and I just can't figure out where I went wrong.

How can I change the curly apostrophe into a straight apostrophe without changing the closing quote?

Can somebody please point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:20 AM
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The following will fix most of that, but you'll still need to fix any trailing apostrophes (which will now be converted to s”):
Find = ^0146^32
Replace = ^0148^32
After you've done that, you can manually check the s” strings - some of which probably should be s’ - via:
Find = s^0148
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A better way to change straight quotes to curly is probably to use AutoFormat.
  1. This probably too late for you unless you have the original text.
  2. Microsoft has hidden this function away in the Ribbon version but it should be under Tools..
  3. You need to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.
The settings are like those for AutoFormat as you type.


You can reach them under Tools > AutoCorrect Options. In Ribbon Versions, this is under File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options.


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Old 02-10-2019, 12:47 PM
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Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it.

First I made sure that my AutoCorrect parameters were what you showed in your screen image. Then I followed the instructions that were posted by Macropod and managed to get the files (HTML files that you posted) corrected.


And thank you very much for posting your Word Style and your Word Template files.
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Just a jargon note.
This is AutoFormat, perhaps the least-used of these features.
The other two are AutoFormat as you type, and AutoCorrect.


Another Auto tab there in Word 2003, but not later, is AutoText. (In later versions, AutoText is still around, just not on this dialog.)
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