MS Word: How to Find and Replace Numbers, Digits, Numerals

Learn how to find and replace numbers, digits, numerals in a given MS Word document. You can find certain numbers or range of numbers and replace them with nothing or anything.

MS Word is a powerful word processing tool from Microsoft. At times we find ourselves in a situation wherein we need to find and replace numbers in a Word document. It is quite easy to accomplish this using Find and Replace facility given in MS-Word. Here is how we can do this.

Open the document where replacement is to be done.

Press CTRL + H keys to bring Find and Replace box up.

Now, in Find what box type ([0-9])

MS Word: Find and Replace Numbers, Digits, Numerals

MS Word: Find and Replace Numbers, Digits, Numerals

Click on More >> button to reveal more options for Find and Replace.

In the extended box, select Use wildcards

Now press Find button and MS Word will find you the first number (i.e. any digit from 0 to 9) in the document. Please note that it will find each digit individually, that is to say that if 2012 is written in the document –this search will find four digits and not 2012 as a whole number.

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It is very important that you select Use wildcards because this will enable MS Word to understand your search demand.

If you want to delete all the numbers from your document, just keep the “Replace with” box empty and click “Replace all”… this action will effectively replace every numerical digit with nothing.

If you want to replace only certain digits, you can alter the search query. For example, if you want to find only 4, 7 and 9 you should write the following in “Find what” box:


If you want to look only for digits from 1 to 4, you can use either of the following expression:




In the “Replace with” box, you can write whatever you want to replace the found text with. Easy!

So, this was the solution. I hope it was useful! You can see a lot of other MS Word Tips on TechWelkin.

Please feel free to post your questions, if case you have any, in the comments on this article. Thank you for using TechWelkin.


  1. Steamroller says

    Dear colleagues,

    I have a messy file exported from DOM Explorer and copied it to MS Office 2010.
    It contains hundreds of pages of text, spaces and numbers that I would like to get rid of.
    The range of the numbers I want to be erased are from 4169 to 8287
    (there are plenty other numbers like 432 that I would like to be kept.)

    Please suggest what option would be the best??

  2. jay gamel says

    i want to replace the number i find i.e.: FIND ([0-9[)spacedash with REPlACE samenumberdash.
    This gets rid of a space in telephone numbers that gets inserted when pdf to word invoked.
    I.e. 123 -4567 becomes 123-4567

    I can do this with grep, but I can't see how to do it with word. I need to keep the numeral in memory and recall it for the replace.

  3. jay says

    I have numbers 1 to 1000 numbers in Microsoft word in that how to find & highlight only 22-125 and 136-422.

    • Lalit Kumar says

      Hi Jay, I would suggest that you take your numbers to MS-Excel and there do filter and highlight. In Excel it is very easy. Once required highlighting is done, you can bring data back to MS-Word.

        • Lalit Kumar says

          Well, I can not give details here because it would require me to write another article! But I can tell you basic steps. Copy number list from Word and paste it in Excel. Now, in Excel, select the column in which you have pasted numbers. Then click on “Conditional Formatting” button > Highlight Cells Rules > Between

          No enter the range of numbers you want to highlight and Excel will highlight cells. Once highlighting is done, copy the column from Excel and paste it back in MS-Word. Hope this helps you Jay! :-)

  4. YourLatteisInyourAss says

    pl. explain how to search and replace words or a group of words, i have tried but it doesn’t seem to work. What is amiss? Pl. explain the functions of all these terms viz. wildcards, match case, find whole words etc. its very confusing..

    I hope am not asking to too would be for help for others too.

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