Replacing special characters

In addition to searching for and replacing text, you can search for and replace Word’s special characters,
such as paragraph and tab marks.

To find and replace special characters, follow these steps:

   1.   On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click

Replace in Word 2016

   2.   In the Find and Replace dialog box, click the
More > > button:

More replace options in Word 2016

   3.   Click the Special button, and select the special character or
item you want to find and any text for which you want to search.

   4.   Position the insertion point in the Replace With text box.

   5.   Click the Special button, and select the special character or
item to add to the Replace With text box. You can add more than one special character to the text
box, and you can also add text before or after a special character in the Replace With text box.

   6.   Make sure that the All option is selected in the
Search list box. If you want to limit the search to text before or after the insertion point,
choose the Up or Down option in the Search box.

   7.   Do one of the following:

  • To confirm each replacement on a one-by-one basis, click Find Next. Then click Replace
    to replace the text or Find Next to skip to the next occurrence.
  • To replace all occurrences of the search text without confirmation, click Replace All.

   8.   When the replace session for the entire document is complete, a
dialog box informs you how many replacements were made. Click OK or press Enter to close
the dialog box.

   9.   Click Close in the Find and Replace dialog box to end
the session.

Characters in the Special Menu

Special options in Word 2016

  • ^p – Paragraph Mark
  • ^t – Tab Character
  • ^? – Any Character
  • ^# – Any Digit
  • ^$ – Any Letter
  • ^^ – Caret Character
  • ^u – Section Character
  • ^v – Paragraph Character
  • ^c – Clipboard Contents
  • ^n – Column Break
  • ^+ – Em Dash
  • ^= – En Dash
  • ^e – Endnote Mark
  • ^d – Field
  • ^& – Find What Text
  • ^f – Footnote Mark
  • ^g – Graphic
  • ^l – Manual Line Break
  • ^m – Manual Page Break
  • ^~ – Nonbreaking Hyphen
  • ^s – Nonbreaking Space
  • ^- – Optional Hyphen
  • ^b – Section Break
  • ^w – White Space

See also this tip in French:
Remplacer les caractères spéciaux.