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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

The quickest way is to do a "Find" (Ctrl+F) and cycle through each individual instance and select replace when you wish to replace the instance with "Joy".
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Manuscript Format in Microsoft Word

I'll go one step further. (I run a publishing company). Do as little formatting as possible! Italics, bold -- ok. Lists, numbering -- ok. Justify -- turn off. line spacing, indenting, page ...
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Does Microsoft Word give a correct Word Count?

Different versions of Word count words slightly differently. For files that are just text, this isn't generally a problem, it's things like text in graphics and footnotes that throw this off. There's ...
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I need recommendations for what software can I use in writing my first story

Some of the best writing tools out there are the following: Microsoft Word, an all-purpose writing tool that can be used for drafts, notes, or final formatting. Scrivener, a drafting tool that is ...
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Best place and software for a one-off, quick print of a book?

They have told me to use INDESIGN, GIMP OR INKSCAPE as design software, then convert to PDF. Whoever told you that, they either hate you or are on a wrong set of meds. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation ...
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I need recommendations for what software can I use in writing my first story

Evernote is also quite easy to use, especially if you have different documents (world building, characters, plot, backstory, actual story, etc.) and want to keep them together. It uses 'notebooks' ...
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What font should I use to write alien language?

[Not a lawyer], but even so I don't think copyright is the biggest potential issue. You could go the whole hog and invent a character set (as Iain M. Banks did for the "Culture" series (http://...
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How do I remove Nikkud (vowel marks) from a Word 2016 document?

I was looking for the exact same thing. Dug around and found ways to do it outside Word, but really wanted to do this without leaving Word. Did some more reading and discovered the key is to run a ...
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Problems with picture alignment in Microsoft Word - which other DTP software can I use?

It likely depends on the field you are in and the amount of work and money you want to put into learning a new tool if you have only used Microsoft Word so far for this kind of task. For example in ...
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Foreign words break spellchecking

You need to install a foreign dictionary Microsoft Word can use multiple custom dictionaries to check the spelling of your documents. A custom dictionary allows you to supplement the main ...
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

This solution will probably be more programming intensive than what you are looking for but I'll put in out there is case it is of use to someone. MS Word just stores a document as a zip file with a ....
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

Here is a method directly in Word for replacing every 3rd, then every 5th occurrence of "happy" with "joy'. After you record one macro (to make an average of 25% swaps), you run a ...
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Can Word be put in Writing Mode?

Using this sentence as an example: I can go into MS Word Options -> Select Proofing and scroll to the bottom and completely turn of grammar and spelling checks for a specific open document. This ...
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Can I use LaTeX in a fictional code-weaving?

...what writing platform could I use that accepts both regular writing (fonts, bold, italicize, good for 200-page documents) and the LaTeX math code? Many LaTeX editors support "regular writing". I ...
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How do I remove Nikkud (vowel marks) from a Word 2016 document?

A quick Google search on hebrew remove nikkud gave an answer. On Github there's a JavaScript with a live preview code. If it's little text you could use the JavaScript either online or download and ...
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Printing a book in word - double sided, multiple pages on one sheet

I've done this a lot to print out drafts. I have 2 methods but prefer the 2nd: In word, Layout > Page Setup (small icon bottom right of ribbon box) > Margins > Pages section > Book fold. Then when ...
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What is the line spacing in novels?

Typographers don't call it "line spacing." They call it "leading." Comfortable leading depends on the font style, the size of its ascenders and descenders, and the physical size of the text on the ...
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Manuscript Format in Microsoft Word

It's actually good, if you're talking about the default supplied Word MS format. I don't use Word, I use Scrivener, but I checked it against the template I use and it's almost identical. TNR 12, ...
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Manuscript Format in Microsoft Word

It actually depends on to whom you submit: some want no tabs, others want certain fonts or certain headers and pagination. Your best bet is to forget all templates and rely on this: Double-spaced 12 ...
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I need recommendations for what software can I use in writing my first story

For collecting facts on my world, persons, places, organisations I also use SimpleMind, an Android app. It gives you a fast overview over the world, and you can add and remove features pretty good. ...
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Different header numbering formats in a document

[Freely quoting from Office Support. The following text is entirely from the link provided. I do not think I have anything to add to it.] Microsoft Word does not support multiple heading-numbering ...
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

It's a bit of a pain, but as far as I know there is no such function native to MS Word. Besides that, you'll probably be best off using CTRL+F and reviewing each case individually for context, rhythm, ...
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

Yeah, like other people are saying, making a VBA Macro is the way to go: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-or-run-a-macro-c6b99036-905c-49a6-818a-dfb98b7c3c9c Something like using the ...
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How do I fix this automatic indentation in listing?

One possible workaround is the following: Simply copy and paste the list with formatting from another source (notepad, docs, etc) where you do not have the problem with formatting. When it is pasted ...
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Do LaTeX and Word measure linespace differently?

Have a look here. The LaTeX \onehalfspacing command means "line spacing 1/2." That is, 0.5 instead of 1.5. What you should use is \linespread{1.25} as given in the answers here.
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Best place and software for a one-off, quick print of a book?

I must recommend LaTeX. You're able to control all sorts of different factors, and it always looks beautiful in the end - and, of course, it can be converted into a PDF file. Using the book class is ...
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I need recommendations for what software can I use in writing my first story

I have never been a planner. I hated writing outlines, plot charts, doing diagrams and what ever other tricks teachers made us do in school. I found it to be a complete waste of time for myself. I ...
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I need recommendations for what software can I use in writing my first story

Tl;dr: The best way to start writing a story is to start writing a story! The process is different for every writer, so I would first ask you this question: How do you usually plan any task that you ...
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