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Article ID: 224120 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 3.0

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When you search for text within documents using either the Find command in the Open dialog box of Office programs or the Search Web Folders feature for Office Server Extensions (OSE), the following error message occurs:
The text <text string> is not valid. Check that you typed it correctly.
where <text string> contains the characters you are searching for.

NOTE: Microsoft Office 2000 has built-in functionality that allows you to get more information about difficult-to-troubleshoot alerts or error messages. If you want to enable this functionality for this and other error messages in Microsoft Office 2000, please download the Microsoft Office 2000 Customizable Alerts file from the Microsoft Office Update Web site at the following address: (
NOTE: If you reached this article by clicking the Web Info button in an error message, you already have Customizable Alerts enabled.


This error will occur when you search for text within documents and your search text contains any combination of the following ASCII characters:

Things to Try

When searching for text in documents, do not include the characters listed above. Because these characters are not acceptable search text, they will be ignored when included with alphanumeric text strings.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Standard Edition
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