Cool Word search hack

Cool Word search hack
I will occasionally get manuscripts that still have mixed quotes in them. Although I know how to do a blanket search and replace to flip straight quotes to smart quotes, I don’t want to do this for manuscripts that are already mostly right, since a search and replace tends to mess up apostrophes used at the beginning of words (’em, ’til, etc) and I don’t want to have to go back and fix those.
Instead, you can just search for ^034 (double quotes) or ^039 (single quote) and then fix just the incorrect items.
Once you find the incorrect quotes, on Windows, you can type CTRL + ‘ + ‘ to insert a single quote going the correct direction in front of a truncated word.
Erika Orrick
Erika Orrick wanted to be a writer when she grew up, but detoured into computers when she realized she actually wanted to eat. Financial stability established, she eased her way back into storytelling by fixing other people’s words and discovered she had a knack. An admitted geek, she is constantly distracted from resuming her quest to be a writer by all the shiny. Luckily, since she hasn’t yet grown up, no one can say she hasn’t met her goal. She has tried (and failed) to escape Texas twice and in fact now lives on the north side of Houston, less than 100 miles from where she started. Erika can be found on Twitter at @erikaeditsbooks or email at
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