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Nuclear option part II. But what about the Italics!

Posted by Charles Gray on May 5, 2013

Well, you’ve done it. You’ve nuked out all those weird invisible codes and are looking at your life’s work.

30,000 words, including nearly 1000 words where you have lovingly put in italics….

 

Oh.Fudge. 

 

Yep. The Nuclear option took them out as well. 

 

Stop cursing.  I’m going to show you what to do with them.

 

The first thing, is use your find function, before you nuke the document.  The find function  can do more than you think. Got to  find, click the “more” tab.  Now, go to the format button.  Click it. and you get a list of options.  Got to font.  At font, you can go to font style and pull it down to italic.  Now, you’ll be finding anything in Italics in your document. 

 

Now, pick a tag.  Some people use II, but that can cause problems if you’re got any Roman style numerals.  ZZZ is a good choice, because no word has it.  What you do, is go down to every italicized word , and put a ZZZ in front of and behind the italicized portion.  You’ve not tagged your work, so that when the formatting is nuked, you know where all the italics are. You can do this for any other unusual formats. 

 

Now, that you’ve done that, you’re in a perfect position to restore your formats after you’ve nuked anything that might cause problems. I’ll get to that in the next post.

 

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