Find and Replace (*) - asterisk

kshora

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I have formulas in many cells and want to replace * by division ( / ). When I use Find and Replace and enter *, it replaces everything before * which I do not want to happen. Is there any way around.
Your help is highly appreciated.
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KShora
 

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Lewiy

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I think your problem is that Excel is treating “*” as a wildcard rather than the asterisk character. Try putting a tilde (~) in front of the * to tell Excel to look for the actual character.
 

ADAMC

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Try find ~*

Replace with /

* Denotes a wildcard and so will not replace the actual value of *
 

Dan Waterloo

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This is from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/214138

SUMMARY
Microsoft Excel uses the tilde (~) as a marker to indicate that the next character is a literal. When you use the Find and Replace dialog box to find or replace a character such as a tilde (~), an asterisk (*), or a question mark (?), you must add a tilde (~) before the character in the Find what box.

Note If you want to find or replace a tilde in a worksheet, you must type a double tilde (~~) in the Find what box.
 

kshora

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Your replies can be summarized in one word " BEAUTIFUL"

Thanks a lot

Regards

KShora
 

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