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How do I find special characters inside a document?

  • use the Edit ▸ Find & Replace menu;
  • in the Find area, enter:
[^!:,;?\. [:alnum:]]*
  • click the More Options button;
  • check Regular Expressions; and
  • click Find all.


  • ^ at the beginning of the enumeration between brackets ( [^ ) means “all that is not between brackets.” It is possible to complete the list depending on what is looked for. For example
    [^!:,;?\.+-%$€ [:alnum:]]*
  • [:alnum:] matches an alphanumeric character;
  • the * character is a wild multiplier allowing you to find the characters defined previously (here, the ones listed between the brackets) regardless of how often they occur.