Automatically removing repeated words

FrecklePaw
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Automatically removing repeated words

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Is there a way to remove instances of words that are typed twice within a document, e.g.

If we think a bit about about taking action

Is there a function that will automatically remove the repeated word?

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HansV
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Re: Automatically removing repeated words

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Press Ctrl+H to activate the Replace dialog.
Click the More >> button.
Tick the 'Use wildcards' check box.
Enter the following in the 'Find what' box:

(<[A-Za-z]@)[ ,.;:]@\1>

Enter the following in the 'Replace with' box.

\1

Either click 'Find Next' and Replace repeatedly, or click 'Replace All'.
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Hans

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Re: Automatically removing repeated words

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Thanks Hans - perfect!

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Re: Automatically removing repeated words

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In Word 2003 and earlier, the spell checker automatically flagged repeated words. In Word 2007 and all later versions, there is an option to turn that check off, but it's turned on by default:
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Hi Jay,

That's true, but the spell checker doesn't offer a way to remove them in one go. You have to review each instance and select 'Delete Repeated Word' each time.
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Re: Automatically removing repeated words

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HansV wrote:
13 Jul 2021, 06:44
Hi Jay,

That's true, but the spell checker doesn't offer a way to remove them in one go. You have to review each instance and select 'Delete Repeated Word' each time.
Yes, that's a consideration. I believe we're thinking of two different scenarios. The Replace is good if you receive a document from elsewhere that's already full of repeated words, or if you just want to do a final check before publishing. The automatic marking of a repeated word when you type it or paste it is appropriate when you're creating a document yourself, when you can fix it immediately.