Converting a US-formatted Microsoft Word document to UK formatting?
March 11, 2013 11:28 AM Subscribe
Is there a way (a macro perhaps?) to change the spellings and punctuation in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from "American" style to "British" (or should I say, 'British') style in one fell swoop?
I have a manuscript which I wrote to submit to an American academic journal in the humanities. After being rejected by this journal, I am looking to submit it to a British journal. This latter journal wants UK spellings and punctuation -- that is, single quotation marks ('like this') for main quotes and double quotation marks (I said, 'John told me "be careful" as he was walking away') for nested quotes.
The spelling should be fairly easy to change -- just set the language to English (UK) and American spellings like "color" and "center" and such will get red squiggly underlines. For the punctuation, however, I find myself in a bind. Ctrl+F/Replace is not an option for several reasons:
Let's say I replace all double quotation marks (") with single quotation marks ('). If I then try to change single quotation marks to double, I will end up changing all of things I just changed to single quotes back to double quotes! Also, all of the apostrophes I have in the manuscript would end up being changed to double quotation marks.
I am using Microsoft Office 2007 on Windows 7.