How to Subscript CO2 and H2S using Replace in Word

I just figured out how to find and replace all instances of CO2 with CO2 where the 2 is subscripted in  Microsoft Word, and it worked successfully, changing it 783 times in one
document in one fell swoop!!

Hot diggitty dogs!

And this tip also worked for converting H2S to H2S. Using this same trick in the same document, 92 instances of H2S were changed at once!

I call it the Texas Two-Step:

1)      In the Ribbon on the far right in the Editing box, click on Replace. Type CO2 in the Find What: box, then in the Replace With: box put four spaces between the CO and the 2, and click Replace All.
2)      Next, in the Find What: box, put four spaces followed by a 2, and in the Replace
With: box put a 2, but then open the More button, highlight the 2 in the Replace With: box, click Format, choose Font, and check the Subscript box, click OK, then hit Replace All.

And Voila!

I can’t tell you how much work this is going to save me in the future.
What an excellent writing tip for my 500th blog post!
I was waiting for something special to share for that particular milestone.

3 Responses to “How to Subscript CO2 and H2S using Replace in Word”

  1. Rhonda Says:

    Hi Jeanne

    There’s another way that’s just as quick: http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/word-replace-text-containing-superscript-and-subscript-characters/

    And you can get your authors to set up autocorrect to do this automatically too, so that you don’t have to: http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/word-use-the-power-of-autocorrect-to-save-heaps-of-time/

    –Rhonda

  2. agnesagnes Says:

    Love it!! Thank you so much, made my Monday!

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