Replace all the "Square Brackets"
I am editing a very big file of +1000 pages. I have thousands of Square Brackets  which contains informative text that I don’t need anymore. So, I want to delete all the square brackets and anything inside it. Example below
This is a  dummy text . This  is dummy  text. This  is dummy  text. This is a [abc] dummy text [abc]. This [abc] is dummy [abc] text. This [abc] is dummy [abc] text.
This is a dummy text. This is dummy text. This is dummy text. This is a dummy text. This is dummy text. This is dummy text.
Thanks in Advance
Terry R last edited by
So, I want to delete all the square brackets and anything inside it.
Firstly I see you have been a member on this forum for 4 years or so. On one of your previous requests for help you were shown links on where to locate documentation that would help you understand regular expressions and learn it. So what have you done in the intermediate period? Have you tried anything to solve this question? If so how about showing it to us.
It was explained back then that this is not a service to fix all your problems and after a few solutions are provided we generally expect you to have at least tried to understand and attempt to find a solution yourself, so learning.
If you have no intention of learning then I’m not so inclined to help. Maybe others might be more forgiving.
PS this is quite a simple regular expression. In fact if you even tried to search through the post I have great expectation you would probably find the exact answer or something very similar that even you could alter to suit your request. I will even explain it:
- find (and capture) a left square bracket.
- capture any characters following until I see a right square bracket.
- capture the right square bracket.
- Using the Replace function with an empty Replace With field so it removes the captured characters.
PeterJones last edited by
Pursuant to what @Terry-R pointed out, if you cannot remember the links to the docs (and since the docs have changed a lot in the last 4 years), please see this updated list.
Terry gave you a step-by-step list of what needs to be in the search expression. And the documents listed below will help you translate those steps into the appropriate syntax for the search expression.
I appreciate your reply. But please bear in mind that most of the people have no knowledge of coding or computer. They have less than 1% of knowledge in coding.
If you don’t like the tread, just ignore it but don’t disrespect people based on their questions.
The question might look silly to you but for some people, it is a hard one. Anyways.
@PeterJones Thanks, I will go through the documentations once again. Thanks for understanding though.