How to Add Commas After Words in Microsoft Word

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With all the items to keep track of in punctuation -- commas, periods, semi-colons -- items can end up falling through the cracks. If you've realized words in your Microsoft Word document are missing punctuation such as commas, Word's "Find and Replace" option will let you insert commas after those words in just a couple of clicks. Adding commas in Word is just like adding anything else -- text or character -- and takes just moments.

  • Open Word, click the "File" tab and click "Open." Locate the document with the commas to add and double-click the file name.

  • Click the "Replace" button on the right side of the "Home" tab's ribbon at the top of the screen. The "Find and Replace" window opens with the "Replace" tab enabled.

  • Type the word to add the comma to, such as "cat" into the "Find what" text box.

  • Type the word with the comma, such as "cat," into the "Replace with" text box.

  • Click the "Replace All" button to add commas to every instance of that word throughout the Word document. Click the "Replace" button to go instance by instance and determine whether to add the comma.

  • Repeat the process for each new word to add a comma after.

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