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WD97: Control Code for Finding/Replacing with Unicode Value

Article ID: 171732

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171732


In Microsoft Word 97, you can use a search control code to search for a character by its Unicode value. The syntax of the control code is as follows


where NNNNN is a decimal number corresponding to the Unicode character value.


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The following Visual Basic for Applications macro will generate a list of the decimal equivalents for the unicode character values. You can use these Unicode decimal values with the ^uNNNNN switch.

   Sub UnicodeGenerator()
      Dim I as Integer
      ' Set tab stops for clarity.
      ActiveDocument.DefaultTabStop = InchesToPoints(0.5)
      Selection.ParagraphFormat.TabStops.Add Position:= _
      InchesToPoints(1.5), Alignment:=wdAlignTabCenter, _
      ' Insert column headings.
      Selection.InsertAfter "Characters" & Chr(9) & "UniCode Values"
      ' Character values below 30 generate undesirable results
      ' when inserted into a document. For example, page breaks
      ' and column breaks.
      For i = 30 To 255
         ' Insert the character, a tab and the Unicode equivalent.
         Selection.InsertAfter Chr(i) & Chr(9) & AscW(Chr(i))
   End Sub

NOTE: To find a character using the Unicode value, click to select the Match Case check box. Word will search for either uppercase or lowercase characters depending on the value used in the search. If you clear the Match Case check box, Word will search all instances of uppercase and lowercase characters specified by the value.

For example, if the Match Case check box is cleared, ^u65 will find all uppercase "A" (Unicode value 65) and lowercase "a" (Unicode value 97) characters in a document.


For more information about Unicode in Microsoft Word 97, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

160070 WD97: Symbol Dialog Different from Previous Versions

159950 WD97: General Information About International Functionality

157478 WD97: What's New in Word 97

Additional query words: symbols

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