Originally Posted by Andybaby
nate i assume when you use \ in a regex that means to look for the leading character instead of it being used as part of the formatting? if so i think that makes it so it finally makes sense to me.
I find that Notepad++ works great for removing junk lines in the text.
go to search > find
search for a term that appears in the lines you want to remove.
check mark line, hit find all.
go to search > delete bookmarked lines
The characters  have a special meaning in regular expressions. A slash '\' is placed before each one to force the use of the non-special meaning.
Anyway, I tested the expressions I provided above. They work correctly in MSWord.