02/09/08 124 W - + 6 - 18 Checking For Overused Words

Blogging about fires, fire departments, fire history, fire photography, and some times other stuff. Such as writing. Here's a great Word tip. Use this to count the number of times you've used a particular word in a document. It's a great way to check for overuse.

1. In Word 2007, click Find in the ribbon. In Word 2003, click Edit > Replace.
2. In the Find What field, enter the word you want to check
3. In the Replace With field, enter the characters ^&.
4. Click Replace All.
5. The number of instances of the word is displayed. No words are replaced, as Word ignores those two special characters.
6. And if you don't believe that no words are replaced after step #5, click Edit > Undo from the main menu.

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