Transpose words using the Replace feature

Just as you did in the Find tab, you can use wildcards in the Replace tab. Here's a wildcard trick that uses parentheses and backslash wildcards to transpose words.

It's especially useful when you'd like to switch a name from last name first to first name first.

Text example in Word 2016

For example, type (Smith), (John) in the Find What box and type \2 \1 in the Replace With box. Select the Use Wildcards check box:

Search example in Word 2016

Click Find Next, and then click Replace. Word finds Smith, John and replaces it with John Smith. Placing the comma outside the parentheses ensures that it's eliminated when the replacement text is inserted.

Text example in Word 2016