Can't search for three dots in Word

I have to seach for all instances of three dots in a document (...) and replace them with space + three dots ( ...). But the search function can't find any three dot instances in the document even though there are tons of them. I figure it's because Word autoformats them - every time you type three dots followed by a space word pulls the dots a bit apart making more space between them. So I tried to copy three dots from the document and paste them into the search field but that can't be done either. What to do?

It's Office for Mac by the way.

 

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Last updated June 26, 2019 Views 2,841 Applies to:

The characters are most likely Horizontal Ellipsis characters. One of the standard AutoCorrect entries replaces three periods with that character.

 

The character is ASCII 133 on PC but as far as I can find out, ASCII 201 on Mac (you need to check that yourself).

 

The description below if for PC but most likely almost the same on Mac:

 

  1. Open the Find and Replace dialog box. Make sure to clear any formatting added to the fields.
  2. In the Find what field, type:
    ^0133
    or if the number on Mac is 201:
    ^0201
    (NOTE: a carat + a zero must be added in front of the ASCII number)

  3. In the Replace with field, type the same with a space in front:
    Alternatively, type a space followed by ^& (^& means “the same as the Find what text”)

  4. Click Replace All (you may want to test a single replacement first).
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By the way  - why can't you copy words, signs, characters into the "find" field? That would make search and replace operations work far better. No ordinary people can be expected to know what ASCII numbers specific Word elements have. 

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By the way  - why can't you copy words, signs, characters into the "find" field?

You can. Copy any text in the document and use Ctrl+V to paste it into the "Find what" box.  This certainly works for the ellipsis and also for most font characters (they may not display correctly but will be found correctly).

The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C (copy), Ctrl+X (cut), and Ctrl+V (paste) are universal across all Windows applications.

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