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Mark C Munro
26 January 2018, 11:10 AM
I am cleaning up a 5000+ sources. Since I don't have AppleScript support, I must find records and manually fix them. However, in some cases, I find it impossible to do the search that I want to do and wondered if there are techniques for exerting more control over a search

Here is one example:

I have dates entered like this "6 Sep 1952" and I want to change them to "6 September 1952"

If I search for:

Sep
Sep <with space
"Sep "

All of these find both "Sep" AND "September"

Is there a way to specify that I want to find the word WITH a space following it?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

thomprod
27 January 2018, 06:07 PM
...I have dates entered like this "6 Sep 1952" and I want to change them to "6 September 1952"...

You can change this globally in Preferences/Dates/Format/Month. Change from "Abbreviate" to "Full name".

Mark C Munro
27 January 2018, 08:33 PM
The preference does NOT affect source fields (which is what I am changing) and, in reports and especially on screen, I prefer abbreviations.