Originally Posted by edbro
Can anybody think of a way in Word to convert the conventional "_ital_" in text files to be "ital"? I get lots of text files that use the underscore to annotate stop and start italics.
Use _(*)_ (wildchars enabled) in the "Find" field. Then place your cursor in the "Replace" field and hit the More/Format/Font and select "Italic". Don't type anything in that field. Then "Replace all".
Then, write _ in the "Find" field (wildchars disabled). Be sure you remove the formatting instructions from the "Replace" field and that you haven't hit space bar in the field. "Replace all".
If something looks wrong after you did this properly, probably the problem is that one of the _italics was not closed in the *.txt. The number of underscores in the *.txt must be a pair. Please report it to PG using errata (at) pglaf (dot) org