• Jan Daniels

    Howdy, I absolutely agree with you. Punctuation has been decreasing for quite some time. I believe it will worsen quickly now since the world of “texting”, Facebook, and “twitters” have created total loss of punctuation or spelling of complete words!

    • trollguy

      copied a comment I just wrote

      I’m not sure if it’s proper syntax but in some novel, I saw something like
      “dialogue
      “more dialogue”
      I thought the missing end quotes of the first piece of dialogue means that the next piece is said by the same person.

      maybe it’s just a shorthand like using “4” instead of “for” when texting quickly

  • Jess Q.

    I know that this was posted some time ago, but I came across it and just wanted to thank you for these methods. The Excel one I found incredibly useful and I’m glad I tried it out.

  • Misty

    This no longer works (I’m guessing because of new versions?) :/

    • George A

      I’ve only used it with Office 2003. I’d imagine there are still ways to accomplish the same thing with newer versions, although the process could be quite different.

      • Misty

        It’s cool. Here’s what I did, for others’ future reference:

        I”m on Word for Mac version 15 (not sure what year that would be). I was able to use the macro at this link: http://wordribbon.tips.net/T013293_Checking_for_Missing_Quotation_Marks.html

        However, if you’re on Mac, you have to make the following substitution:
        Chr(147) = Chr(210)
        Chr(148) = Chr(211)

        Chr(34) can stay the same because it’s straight quotes, and the number is the same between PC and Mac.

        The only thing this macro doesn’t seem to catch is missing opening quotes. But it does a really good job of catching missing end quotes and accidental extra quotes.

  • trollguy

    I’m not sure if it’s proper syntax but in some novel, I saw something like
    “dialogue
    “more dialogue”
    I thought the missing end quotes of the first piece of dialogue means that the next piece is said by the same person.

    • George A

      I believe that is correct.