Everyone has that one word or phrase that they use ALL the time. Mine are 'within minutes' and 'so' among other things. Then there are those garbage words like 'just' and 'then' and 'very.' There are whole lists of words to go through your manuscript and look for. But going through the whole thing with Find to look for each individual word is an extreme hassle. So I found a faster way.
NOTE: This works for Word 2007. If you have an earlier version, then I'm sure there's a way to do it, I'm just not sure of the specifics.
Go to Find and Replace.
Type the word you're looking for into the Find and the Replace boxes.
Click on 'More >>.' Go down to Format, click on it, and then click Highlight.
Hit Replace All.
Now all of the times you use that word are highlighted! You can do this with each word or phrase and then just scroll down the MS and look for all the highlight marks at the same time.
I love this tip, Rachael! I didn't know there was a way to "find and highlight" rather than just replace. That does make things simpler. Thank you!