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How do I use Find & Replace to copy and paste multiple symbols at once?

asked 2019-11-21 18:09:43 +0100

nealumphred gravatar image

updated 2019-11-24 22:30:46 +0100

How do I use Find & Replace to copy and paste symbols? In this case, I want to paste a small Wingdings box.

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Why would you use F&R when you just want to paste a symbol? If you need to explain, edit your question (don't use an answer which is fit for a solution). Have you tried Insert>Special Characters?

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-11-21 18:26:54 +0100 )edit

@ajlittoz - of course you are right. Though trying to avoid assumptions ... made one and posted an answer :-(

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-11-21 19:01:01 +0100 )edit

Thanks for the responses!

You asked, "Why would you use F&R when you just want to paste a symbol?" Because I want to paste a thousand symbols into a thousand places on one document and would prefer doing it with one action rather than a thousand actions.

In Word, I would copy the symbol then type ^c into the replace field and that worked. Is there something similar in LibreOffice?

nealumphred gravatar imagenealumphred ( 2019-11-21 19:15:25 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-11-21 18:32:40 +0100

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updated 2019-11-21 18:58:53 +0100



  • open an emtpy file
  • Insert the Wingdings box using Insert -> Special charcter
  • Copy the Wingdings box into the Replace field in Edit -> Find & Replace (in the file you want to modify)

Remark: There is also a method using \u<4-digit-hexcode-of-charcter> method, but this is font dependent.

Since you did not tell what you want to replace, I cannot give you the full solution.

Worked for me using LibreOffice:

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CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 4.12; UI render: default; VCL: kde5;
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US, Calc: threaded
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Thanks for the response. Please see my comment to the first response above.

nealumphred gravatar imagenealumphred ( 2019-11-21 19:18:28 +0100 )edit

This is answer is about top copy on thousand places - but your question did not specify, where - so I need to leave off what to enter into the Find box in "Find & Replace". May be you missed that I wrote for that reason: "Since you did not tell what you want to replace, I cannot give you the full solution.* and you just get consfused about the first two steps, which is only about to get the Special character into the clipboard (you comment states:I would copy the symbol...) so you could simply paste it to the Replace field in the "real" Find & Replace dialog.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-11-24 22:52:22 +0100 )edit


Apologies but I didn't get your meaning the first time.

I got it this time and that works just fine.

Thank you!


nealumphred gravatar imagenealumphred ( 2019-11-24 23:11:30 +0100 )edit

No problem - So please, If the answer is correct or helped you to solve your problem, please click the check mark (✔) next to the answer.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-11-25 11:00:29 +0100 )edit
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