Find Abbreviations in MS Word

A short article that describes how to find abbreviations in Word documents, for example when creating a list of abbreviations.

To find abbreviations in Microsoft Word documents, use the wildcard search:


  1. Open the Find dialog and show the Advanced Options.
  2. Select Use wildcards
  3. Enter the following expression into the search box:  [A-Z]{2,4}

This will find all abbreviations in your text that consists of upper case letters and has a length between two and four characters.

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