Sometimes you make a decision to change something in a document, and you want that same thing changed throughout, so you do a Find and Replace in Word, then hit Replace All, because, well, you want them all replaced.
Well, some very interesting things can happen when you do that. For instance, say you want to change all the company names from Oxy to Occidental, just to be more formal. Then later on you are reading through some technical mumbo-jumbo and you come across the term “Occidentalgenation.” What the heck? After reading the sentence a couple times, you figure out that the word should be “oxygenation” but it got changed during your Replace All function. Sure enough, a little further down, you find the word “Occidentalgen” where it should have been “oxygen.”
So, a word to the wise: Unless it’s a very short document and you know for a certainty that no other word in it has the three letters O-X-Y in a row, it’s generally best to choose Find Next and decide whether to Replace for each instance as you go through the document.
Otherwise, you might end up having to read the entire document to see what interesting changes you inadvertently made to other words containing those same letters when you hit Replace All.
Profound Quotes of the Day:
“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
– Malcolm Forbes, American publisher, 1917-1990
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
– Willie Nelson, American country singer, b. 1933
“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then
will our world know the blessings of peace.”
– William E. Gladstone, British Prime Minister (4 times), 1809-1898