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Word 2016 replacing style fails

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  1. DrivenMadByWord

    DrivenMadByWord Thread Starter

    Jun 1, 2017
    Problem: Word won't replace styles (especially in footnotes).

    Description: A very large number of footnotes are in the wrong style (or styles). I want to change them all to, say, style FN1.
    While SelectAll, specify style FN1 by clicking the ribbon, would only be a partial solution, it doesn't work, although by not erroring it implies it has.
    SearchAndReplace Null text, format style 'Bad1' with Null text, format style FN1 says it has done an arbitrary number of replacements, but doesn't.
    SearchAndReplace *, format style 'Bad1' with ^& , format style FN1, UseWildcards goes away for a week and says it has done (in one case) 13,849 replacements, but it hasn't.

    Solution wanted: Replace all text in footnotes [with or without bad style] with a new style.

    Of interest: Simple search for NullText, Style xxx doesn't find anything, even if xxx is, eg, simply italics. Search for Font italic does.

    I Suspect: I'm being snared by MS bizarre 'style v paragraph' stuff.

    This is not: How to modify a style - Google ad nauseam.

    I will really appreciate a solution (or even an explanation of why I have no chance), otherwise I look like having a month of selecting indivual footnotes manually.

    System: Desktop, W10, Word 2016 (and earlier).

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