If there are characters in a document that you want to get rid of, there are usually two good ways to do this. If the document is short, you can just use the mouse or delete button to get rid of the characters. However, if the document is long, removing characters by hand can take a long time. Using the Find and Replace tool in a Word document is a simple way to get rid of characters you don’t want.
Find the Find and Replace tab by clicking on the Edit menu and looking for it. The editing menu is usually in the upper right corner of the toolbar on newer versions of Word.
After clicking “Replace,” type the word or character you want to take out of the document in the “Find What” field. For example, to remove the exclamation mark (!) from the document, type a (!) in the search document field. When you do that, all of those specific characters will light up so you can see them easily.
Leave the “Replace With” box empty, since you want to get rid of the character (!) from the document.
Click “Replace” or “Replace All” to get rid of all exclamation points at once. Each one will be marked in the document so you can see what is being taken out. Click “Replace” again and again to take them out of the whole document one at a time, or click “Replace All” to get rid of them all at once.