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How to search and replace across multiple files in word?

If you have several dozen word files which contain the same content (such as Header, footer, some special words or number), and you need to replace the same content across those documents in Word. How would it be easier for you to get it done quickly? Certainly, you can open those files one by one to replace the same content, but it will be time-consuming and troublesome. This tutorial will show you a tricky way to replace same content within multiple documents in Word at once.

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Using a VBA for searching and replacing same content across multiple documents at one time in Word:

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Step 1: Press “Alt-F11” to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window;

Step 2: Click Module on the Insert tab, copy and paste the following VBA code into the Module window;

Step 3: Then click Run doc-remove-numeric-characters-1 button to apply the VBA.

VBA: searching and replacing same content across multiple documents at one time

Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Dim MyDialog As FileDialog, GetStr(1 To 100) As String '100 files is the maximum applying this code
On Error Resume Next
Set MyDialog = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)
With MyDialog
.Filters.Add "All WORD File ", "*.docx", 1
.AllowMultiSelect = True
i = 1
If .Show = -1 Then
For Each stiSelectedItem In .SelectedItems
GetStr(i) = stiSelectedItem
i = i + 1
i = i - 1
End If
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For j = 1 To i Step 1
Set Doc = Documents.Open(FileName:=GetStr(j), Visible:=True)
With Selection.Find
.Text = "search" 'Find What
.Replacement.Text = "find" 'Replace With
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindAsk
.Format = False
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWholeWord = False
.MatchByte = True
.MatchWildcards = False
.MatchSoundsLike = False
.MatchAllWordForms = False
End With
Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
Application.Run macroname:="NEWMACROS"
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End With
MsgBox "operation end, please view", vbInformation
End Sub

Note: you can change the Text = "search”, Replacement.Text = "find” to specify the content to be searched and the content to be applied for replacement.

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    darshan Jain · 13 days ago
    this code is only editing 7 documents at a time... why?
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    Bryce · 1 months ago
    I really appreciated this post. Thank you. It allowed me to spend 10 minutes implementing something that saved several hours of work.
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    Tomuko Suryadi · 1 months ago
    What if I want to find and replace multiple sentences in multiple documents?
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    3Cees · 2 months ago
    Thank you so much. You win the internet!

    This has saved me amending 360 documents.

    You're my favourite :)
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    WAK · 3 months ago
    worked like a charm for me. Thanks a billion!