How to replace text with a graphic or an object

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Although the Find and Replace dialog box does not directly support replacing text with pictures or objects, you can efficiently perform this action using the Clipboard and the ^c wildcard.

You might want to use this feature to insert elements such as margin icons or recurring field combinations. To perform this procedure, follow these steps:

   1.   If placeholder text (such as <antenna>) is not already present, enter it where you want to insert the graphic or another element.

For example:

The placeholder text in Word 365

Note: In this example, the text replaced has a yellow highlight; the similar text that should be left unchanged is grey.

   2.   Copy the graphic or component you want to insert to the Clipboard, for example, by clicking Ctrl+C.

For example, use the anthena Antenna symbol in Word 365 symbol.

   3.   Press Ctrl+H to display the Replace tab in the Find and Replace dialog box:

  • In the Find what box, type the placeholder text
  • In the Replace with text box, enter ^c to indicate the last item copied to the Clipboard:
    Find and Replace dialog box in Word 365
  • Click Find Next and then click Replace, or click Replace All:
The placeholder text in Word 365

See also this tip in French: Comment remplacer du texte par un graphique ou un objet.

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