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September 10th, 2008, 02:16 AM
I'm trying to delete all occurrences of '.' (i.e. one full-stop) in a document. I'm trying to use global search and replace with


Which, of course, doesn't work.

Any help?

September 10th, 2008, 04:23 AM
The dot is a regular-expression thingy. You have to escape it with a backslash if you want to use it literally.


More specifically, the dot represents “any character”; so, using it unescaped in your example will delete the entire file.

See http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/regex.htm#intro

September 10th, 2008, 09:24 AM
Ah, of course. Thanks. I'll need to dig out my Mastering Regular Expressions manual..

September 12th, 2008, 01:07 AM
Happy to help out.

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