Time to Geek Out: Google Docs Now Supports Regular Expressions
For those not familiar with the term, regular expressions are a way to define search terms so that you get back more than just references to a single term.
For example, you could search a document for the zip code 22193, and find all the places where that set of numbers show up. Or you could search for 221[0-9](2), and you will find all the places in a document where the zip codes 22191, 22192, 22193, etc, can be found.
You can think of this as kinda cutting edge find and replace, but it would be more accurate to call it an intermediate-level programming skill. Not everyone knows how to do it, and it is possible to make horrible, horrible mistakes if I’m not careful, but in the right hands regular expressions are immensely useful.
And now it is supported in Google Docs – but only on the web.
And if you’re only encountering regular expressions for the first time, Google has also posted a helpful support doc.