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Old 09-16-2021, 04:06 PM
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I have a document with various fonts and point sizes. After every block of 8-point text (which corresponds to page numbers in a janky fake header, fwiw) I need to add a space. For, reasons.

Thought I could do this with find/replace, but I don't think it works that way. That is, appears it looks at the formatting AFTER doing the regex matching, and not looking at the format matching and then doing the regex. Or something like that, I'm out of my depth here.

There's probably a simple looping approach that can identify blocks of same-formatted text, but I wrote my first Word macro 15 minutes ago and it's not immediately obvious to me.

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If there is a paragraph mark at the end of every instance of a block of 8-point text, and the only attribute you need in order to find the text blocks is the font size, then you could a wildcard find/replace, as follows:

Find:
(*)(^13)

In the Font section, set the size to 8 points

Replace:
\1 \2

(To be clear, there's a space between the 1 and the second slash)
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If there is a paragraph mark at the end of every instance of a block of 8-point text, and the only attribute you need in order to find the text blocks is the font size, then you could a wildcard find/replace, as follows:

Find:
(*)(^13)

In the Font section, set the size to 8 points

Replace:
\1 \2

(To be clear, there's a space between the 1 and the second slash)
Thanks, but unfortunately there are no paragraph marks. It's currently fully embedded in the regular text, just with a different font size.

This is step one in reformatting it to get the page numbers out of the text and where they belong.

I have the regex to do what I want with the page numbers:
Code:
        .Text = "(p. )([0-9]{1,4})"
        .Replacement.Text = "^mPAGE \2^l"
But the issue is that the body text also includes items of the form "p. ##", mostly references to other documents. So I can't use my find-replace blindly or it will screw up the body text. Fortunately the internal page numbers are distinguished by being in 8 point font (the rest is in 12 point), so I can leverage that in the find-replace.

However, I'm still not hitting 100% of the cases because there are times where document page number is followed immediately by a number in the body text (e.g. "... they sold p. 175,000 widgets at a price of..."), and Find isn't finding it because the regex is hitting on "p. 175" but that whole string doesn't meet the font size constraint because the 5 is in 12-point font.

So I just want to throw in a space after every time the font changes away from 8 points. It will add in a spurious space in some places where I don't want one, but I'm willing to accept that.

Once I build in this pre-processing step, my existing macro should cover all cases.
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What happens if you leave the find section empty but search for font of 8pt and replace with "^&space"?
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What happens if you leave the find section empty but search for font of 8pt and replace with "^&space"?
Yep, that solved it. Thanks!

I didn't realize there was a way to preserve the found content outside of wildcard search.
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