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Solved: Removing symbols from MS Word XP

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  1. laneseda

    laneseda Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    My system:
    MS Windows XP Pro SP2
    MS Office XP Pro SP3

    I convert PDF files to Word documents. When I do, however, I find the symbol, which Word informs me is the "NOT SIGN" placed randomly within the converted text. The symbol has the character code 00AC. It looks like a horizontal line with another line attached to its right side going perpendicularly downwards (like an L turned upside down and the base horizontal line pointing downwards).

    Is there any way of removing these without having to scan through pages and pages of text and removing them manually? Microsoft’s TechNet pages are of little use in this matter.

    Thanks in advance.

    Lane
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    You should be able to do it with Edit > Replace.

    In the Find What, paste the Not Character and in the Replace With, enter a blank.
     
  3. laneseda

    laneseda Thread Starter

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    Hello WhitPhil,

    Thanks for the reply. As you might imagine, that procedure was the first I tried. The problem is, when I try to copy the NOT SIGN character and paste it, it doesn't show up in the "Find What" box. In other words, I cannot copy/paste the character. I suppose it is similar to the Carriage Return character which is denoted by ^l. I just need to find the code for this character as well.

    Thank you for your input, nonetheless. I appreciate your time and effort.

    Lane
     
  4. Anne Troy

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    Hi, Lane. Can you upload a file here with that symbol in it?
     
  5. Anne Troy

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    Oh! And try this...

    View-->Toolbars and choose Visual Basic. Click the LAST button on the right to get behind the scenes in your document. Can you find something THERE that you can find/replace? You can still use find/replace in that view. :)
     
  6. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    You can also try using CharMap.

    Do Start > Run > CHARMAP

    Select the font in question
    Select the "not" sign, then Copy

    Then, you should be able to do the Paste into the Replace window
     
  7. laneseda

    laneseda Thread Starter

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    Hello Ann and WhitPhil,

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out with this problem. I appreciate the gesture.

    Ann, I did as you suggested but could not find a route to correcting the problem. So I turned to WhitPhil's suggestion - this being next in the thread. This worked a charm! I was able to copy and paste the NOT character. This, as you can imagine, will help me save a tremendous amount of time.

    Thank you both, once again, for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Lane

    PS Anne, the character is ¬
     
  8. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Glad to hear that your problem has been resolved.
     
  9. Anne Troy

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    Ohhhh! That's a non-breaking hyphen thingee, I think. It's under Insert-->Symbol-->Special characters.
     
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