Search and Replace Word Documents

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Connect using Native Tools to Avoid Corruption

To search and replace Microsoft Word documents, a tool is required that connects natively to MS Word to avoid data corruption and loss of information.

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Ability to Search Huge Numbers of Documents

The ability to search huge numbers of documents is essential for any document migration, server renaming or link rectification process. Also, the process should not rely on loading the entire list of search files into memory at the start, as:

  • the list of documents may fill memory!
  • files cannot be edited by others at the same time.
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Restart capability

Although Word has been around for a number of years, it still has memory leaks that mean that over time it becomes slower, less responsive and eventually hangs when processing large numbers of documents. Restart capability is an essential component of any tool that is used to mass-replace across Word documents.

Recommendation

We recommend the search and replace tool by DataMystic called WordPipe Search and Replace for Microsoft Word.

WordPipe supports both perl regular expressions and EasyPattern regular expressions.